Vigna mungo is a bean grown in southern Asia. It is largely used to make dal from the whole or split, dehusked seeds. Black gram originated in India where it has been in cultivation from ancient times and is one of the most highly prized pulses of India.
It has also been introduced to other tropical areas mainly by Indian immigrants.
The product sold as “black lentil” is usually the whole urad bean or urad dal. The product sold as “white lentil” is the same lentil with the black skin removed.
Culinary uses :
It is very nutritious and is recommended for diabetics, as are other pulses.
It is very popular in the Punjabi cuisine of India and Pakistan .The bean is boiled and eaten whole or, after splitting, made into dal. Ground into flour or paste, it is also extensively used in South Indian culinary preparation like dosa, idli, vada, and papadum. When used this way, the white lentils are usually used.
Other names :
Lack matpe bean.