The “Bengal gram,” or Chana Dahl Peas are pulses that come from desi chickpea. A pulse, or legume, a plant in the Fabaceae family, or the fruit or seed of such a plant. When used as a dry grain, the seed is also called a pulse. Legumes are grown agriculturally, primarily for human consumption,

Chana Dahl Peas, also known as “Bengal gram,” are pulses derived from the desi chickpea, a small, dark legume that is hulled and split, giving an appearance and taste that is subtly reminiscent of corn. Bright yellow to orange; approximately 1/4″ in diameter, split; sweet, nutty flavor.



Legumes are a relatively underutilized source of quality dietary protein worldwide. A shift from animal source foods to legumes would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Legumes increase soil fertility and crop production by atmospheric nitrogen fixation.Low profitability, yield fluctuations, and biotic stress limit use of legumes as food. Stronger global priority on legumes should facilitate greater legume consumption

Dietary protein production from animals is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and deforestation. Legumes are a rich source of protein but currently comprise a minor part of most human diets. Worldwide, the average consumption of legumes and meat is 21 and 112 g/person/day, respectively. Legumes are part of traditional diets in most cultures, have low greenhouse gas and water footprints, enrich the soil through nitrogen fixation, are inexpensive, and comprise a sustainable source of protein. Challenges to increased legume usage include large fluctuations in crop yields and lower profitability compared with other crops. Greater investment in legume breeding and heightened consumer awareness may facilitate a future shift to legumes as a major source of dietary protein.

Source: Richard D.Sembaab, Rebecca Ramsing, Nihaal Rahman, Klaus Kraemer Martin W.Bloemad!