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Toor Dal

Toor Dal

Toor dal or arhar dal is a split pigeon pea with subtle nutty flavor. It is one of the yellow dal. Toor dal is an ancient crop, believed to be cultivated for food since last 3000 years. Toor dal looks similar to chana dal and can be substituted with or for chana dal. In Indian grocery store, you can get toor dal with oil coating to increase its shelf life or one without oil coating. Toor dal is also used to make a poula Andhra dish Kandi Podi, which is ground toor dal with with chana dal or mung dal along with spices such as dried red chili, hing, cumin, curry leaves, salt.

Toor dal is also commonly known as rahar, toovar, togari, tuvaram paruppu, etc in local languages around Indian subcontinent. Also spelled, Tur dal.

Serving Size

½ cup 100 g (dry)  
Total Calories (kilo calories) 320  

Total Fat Calories (kilo calories)


Total Fat (g)

2 3%

Total Saturated Fat (g)


Total Transfat (g)


Cholesterol (mg)


Sodium (mg)

0 0%

Carbohydrate (g)

55 18%

Dietary Fiber (g)

1.2 5%

Sugar (g)


Protein (g)


Vitamin A (IU)


Vitamin C (mg)


Calcium (mg)


Iron (mg)


The calculated calories and other nutritional information are for dry Chana dal. The final product would have different nutritional profile due to addition of ingredients such as salt, ghee etc.  

Related Links
Chana Dal
Masoor Dal
Mung Dal
Urad Dal



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