Urad dal, also known as Split Black Gram or black lentil. It is a little black seed with a white interior. It is very similar to a mung bean in size and shape but tastes entirely different. Whole urad dal derive their strong, earthy flavour from the black skins and are often used in curries. Split urad dal retain the skins and also have a strong flavor. Skinned and split urad dal are creamy white and somewhat bland. It is one of the most famous lentils used in southern part of Asia, especially in Indian cuisine. It is both, consumed by cooking and used in Ayurvedic medicine, and is equally beneficial when used either way. The ayurvedic term for urad dal is 'masha. It offers a ton of health benefits. Black gram can improve your digestion as it is filled with fibres that help with the bulking up and movement of your stool. It can therefore be used to combat both, constipation and diarrhoea. It boosts our energy by providing more oxygenated blood to the organs. It increases our bone mineral density, making our bones stronger and healthier as we grow older. It is very good for patients with diabetes as it regulates the glucose levels in the blood. It is very beneficiary for women because this simple lentil is full of iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium, which makes this dal a perfect health package for pregnant women. It is good for our skin and can help fight dark spots, acne, and marks. It helps with joint pain, is extremely good for the heart, and is also a diuretic that helps keep our body clean. Other than its health benefits, urad dal is also known to please everyone's taste palettes. Urad dal is easy to prepare and can be eaten as a side dish also. It is also extensively used in various culinary preparations such as dosa, papad and vada.