Chana dal - split chickpeas without seedcoat.
Chana dal is a popular in Indian food like Dal curries because it retains it's shape better than yellow split peas. As it's split and husked it's not necessary to soak it overnight prior to cooking. Its pale-yellow color has a sweet, nutty aroma. Chana dal has a very high nutritious value. It is praised by diabetics for its incredibly low index on the glycemic index. (The glycemic index measures the effect of foods on blood sugar levels). When cooked they lose their shape and are excellent for thickening soups and stews. Typically used with curry, they can be seasoned with many different herbs