Monday, 10 October 2016

Navratri Festival Special - "Chana Dal Panchkadhai" or Chana Dal dessert

Here is another dessert which is a popular dessert made by the people of the Konkani community during festivals as "Prasadam" or offering to God.
Specially made during Shravana month and also Navratri festival.
A split and husked relative of chickpeas, Bengal gram is the most popular legume in India. Chana dal is delicious, nutritious and easily digested. They look and taste like small kernels of sweet corn and work well in soups, salads, and rice dishes.Chana dal is high in fiber and help to lower cholesterol.
Apart from having a great taste, it also has a very low glycemic index, which is important for those with diabetes. Chana dal can be a good food for people with diabetes because it has a low glycemic index.
Chickpeas are a helpful source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein. Chickpeas are low in fat and most of it is polyunsaturated.

This dessert is easy to make and can be eaten as a snack as well. I learnt this dish from my Mom and make it during important Hindu festivals.

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