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Benefits of Organic dal
Difference between Organic Dal and Normal Dal
Indians can never think about avoiding dal from their daily menu as dal and rice are like burgers and sandwiches for Indians. Being the perfect combination of dal and rice or chapati and dal, every household keeps stock of dal in their kitchen. Be it moong dal, Toor dal or urad dal. Though dal is good for health, there are these organic and the normal ones available. If you prefer organic dal, then this article will help you find the difference between organic dal and normal dal.
What is organic dal?
As the term suggests, organic dal is an eco-friendly dal harvested using natural processes. This includes natural irrigation, natural compost, and natural fertilizers as well. So you can expect a chemical-free dal that uses hand-milling methods to retain the nutrients and taste of the food.
Things to look for in an organic dal:
- Certification/ logo
Foods or products that are organic will have a certification from APEDA that adheres to the guidelines laid by NPOP (National Program for Organic Production). This means a pack of organic dal will have an APEDA certified logo in their package. This implies that the product is authentic and natural.
Before buying any product, read the label carefully to know if they have added any preservatives. There is a misconception that organic food cannot be stored for a long time. It is false. If kept in a refrigerator, you can store it for a long time.
Price is one factor that distinguishes organic dal from normal dal. The cost of organic dal will be comparatively higher than the price of normal dal. Though the price is high, the health benefits that an organic dal provides in comparison to polished dal is more and worth the cost.
- Not uniform
If you make a close look at the organic dal and normal dal, you can see that normal dal will be processed and packed to look identical. Each grain looks precisely the same in look, color, and feel, while an organic dal is grown in various sizes and texture. Besides, an organic dal is hand-milled, which leaves the grain with less abrasion. Due to this, the original flavor is retained. Also, a polished dal will come in flattened shape, while the organic dal on a dull and rough texture.
- Polish or shine
A normal dal undergoes a polishing process to make it look attractive and glossy. While an organic dal wouldn’t look polished, and instead would have a dull look. But the fact is when a dal undergoes polishing process; it removes the natural fiber and thereby loses its nutrients.
- Taste and aroma
Without a doubt, organic dals taste delicious and healthy. Their aromatic flavor is so tempting and natural that you don’t need to spice it up. You can enjoy it by cooking soup, or side dish for rice or roti or mixed with a veggie.
And the best thing about organic dal is that regular intake of organic dal improves your digestive system and reduces acidity and digestive disorders.