Also known as Urad, this is an annual dwarf bush bean, used like red lentils in Indian and Nepalese cuisine. The tap root produces a branched root system with smooth, rounded nodules. The pods are narrow, cylindrical and up to 2 Inches long. The bean is boiled and eaten whole or after splitting. Ground into flour or paste, it is also extensively used in culinary preparation. Seeds can be sprouted for added value. It is very nutritious and is recommended for diabetics, as are other pulses. Prolific and low-maintenance, good for sprouting too (just like you would mung beans).
Requires plenty of warmth and sunlight for healthy high yielding plant. As with other beans, urad will grow in all types of soil and as it is deep rooted, it does best in moist, deep soils.
Other names: Black gram, Urad daal, Urid, Black Daal, Black Dal, Black Lentil, Black dal, blackgram, urad bean, minapa pappu.