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How is I Say Organic’s Masoor Dal different?

October 12, 2015 at 9:32 AM  •  Posted in Lentils, Nutrition, Why say organic? by  •  0 Comments

Masoor dal or red lentils are quite possibly the most striking looking of dals. This reddish dal is high in protein and thus an excellent source for your daily-recommended protein levels. Sold whole or split, this versatile lentil goes equally well with rotis, rice and many different veggies.

I Say Organic’s masoor dal

I Say Organic’s masoor dal is grown mostly in the rain-fed, pristine farms in the Bundelkhand region. Due to their remoteness, these farms have been chemical free for a very long time. This variety of masoor dal is centuries-old, traditional and indigenous to the region.

It’s different: How to spot it

I Say Organic’s whole masoor dal has a very rough, natural texture and almost dull, dark brownish-black colour with spherical, almost round shapes. These are different, even to the naked eye; from the new hybrid masoor varieties that are smoother, brighter or flatter.

Smaller but better

I Say Organic’s masoor dal is relatively smaller, but has more outer surface area per unit – making this dal more fibrous and richer in proteins and minerals than hybrid varieties. It has a distinctive, nutty-earthy flavour, adding a wholesome feeling to your dishes.

Unpolished and Eco-friendly

I Say Organic’s masoor dal has a minimal carbon footprint as it is grown in environmentally friendly ways. With mostly natural irrigation and use of organic manures and fertiliser, this masoor dal comes to you, free of chemicals and toxins.

Harvested using traditional methods, this dal is handmilled and unpolished and retains its original nutrients and flavours. Handmilling is a traditional soft method used to carefully remove the outer grain cover with minimal friction, leaving the middle layer, which contains fibre, proteins and minerals, intact.

Machine milling and polishing of masoor dal destroys its middle layer due to the heavy friction applied. So, what you get in the market has possibly several layers of nutrition rubbed off.

Moreover, since the entire process from growing to processing uses almost no fuel, heavy machinery or electricity, it significantly reduces the strain on the natural surroundings and dare we say, slows down climate change!

Health benefits of I Say Organic masoor dal

  • Improves blood circulation
  • Almost 5% grain cover gives you a high fibre content and great flavour
  • Heart healthy due to high soluble fibre levels
  • Weight-loss friendly, as it’s relatively low in calories and has almost no fat
  • High in proteins and essential amino acids
  • Also has folate, Vitamin B1 and minerals like potassium and iron


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