Unpolished Dal vs Polished Dal

Unpolished Dal vs Polished Dal

In this post, I will compare two common types of pulses: Unpolished Dal and Polished Dal. Both are made from the same pulse type, the difference being that Unpolished dal is not processed, while Polished dal is milled, polished, and peeled to remove excess starch and oil. I will evaluate each type's nutritional value, taste, shelf life, and cooking time to help you decide which is best for your needs.

Nutritional Content

Unpolished dal has more nutrition than polished, as the milling process of polishing removes vital vitamins and minerals.


Unpolished dal has a more earthy taste that some may find more appealing than the neutral taste of polished dal.


Generally speaking, unpolished dal has a softer texture than polished.

Unpolished Dal versus Polished Dal


Unpolished dal is usually cheaper than polished due to less processing to produce the latter.


Polished dal is much easier and faster to prepare due to its shorter cooking time than unpolished varieties.


Depending on what your priorities are when it comes to buying dal, either option could be suitable for you. If the nutritional value is your primary concern, then go for untreated or unpolished versions; however, if convenience and speed of cooking are important then consider opting for the polished variety instead.

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Nalini Murthy

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