Urad dal, also known as white lentil, black lentil or split black gram is widely cultivated in the southern parts of Asia. Botanically it is known as vigna mungo and is native to India where its cultivation is highly valued due to is numerous health benefits. Urid or Urad Dal without skin is a popular dal, widely used throughout India. Most popular in South India, Urad Dal can be used to make traditional curries. Urad dal is a good source of protein. It contains iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and other nutrients.