Bengal gram, also known as ‘black chana’ or garbanzo beans is a highly beneficial pulse belonging to the chickpea family. You may know it as chana dal, a staple ingredient in the Indian cuisine. The dark brown legumes are a pocket-friendly storehouse of energy, due to the huge list of nutritional benefits it encompasses. Scientifically termed as Cicer arietinum L., Bengal gram is highly nutritious , has a rich flavour and aroma, is amazingly delicious and gets easily digested.
One of the earliest legumes to be cultivated, Bengal gram seeds are small in size and has a dark brown-coloured coat. The lentils are yellow in colour and are flat on one side and rounded on the other. Mostly cultivated in India, the legume is also found in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran and Mexico.