Bengal Gram - Natural Benefits and Curative Properties
Botanical Name :: Cicer arietinum
Other English Name :: Chick pea
Indian Name :: Channa
DescriptionBengal gram is one of the most important pulses in India . It is consumed in the form of whole dried seeds and in the form of dhal, prepared by splitting the seeds in a mill and separating the husk. Seeds are angular with pointed beak and small hilum. All parts of the plant are covered with glandular hairs.
Origin and Distribution of Bengal Gram
Bengal gram is believed to have originated in western Asia. It spread at a very early date to India and Europe. The crop was known was the ancient Egyptians. Hebrews and Greeks. Its areas of cultivation are India, Burma. Pakistan. Egypt and other Mediterranean countries. Ethiopia. South America and tropical Australia
Food Value of Bengal GramThe whole dried Bengal gram seeds are cooked or boiled. They are also consumed raw after soaking them in water. For preparation of dhal, the seeds are sprinkled with water and heaped overnight to soften the husk and are then dried before milling. Flour is made by grinding seeds. This flour is one of the main ingredients of many forms of Indian confectionary made with ghee and sugar. It is also used for preparing many tasty snacks like sev, chila and pakoras and curnes like koftas. Green pods and tender shoots are used as a vegetable.
Bengal Gram (Whole Dried Seeds)*
Bengal Gram (Dhal made from Seeds)*
Natural Benefits and Curative Properties of Bengal Gram.
Bengal gram has many medicinal properties. Soaked i water overnight and chewed in the morning with honey, the whole gram seed acts as a general tonic. The liquid, obtained by soaking the seeds and then macerating them, also serves as tonic. Sprouted Bengal gram supply plenty of B-complex and vitamins. Cooked germinated gram is a wholesome food for children and invalids. However excessive use of Bengal gram causes indigestion and may precipitate urinary calcium due to high concentration of oxalic acid and form urinary stone of calculi.
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