Unpolished Toor / Arhar Dal / Spilt Pigeon Pea
Toor has originated in the Indian peninsular region of India around 4000 to 5000 years ago and today India accounts for over 60% of its production world wide. Toor is a rain-fed crop and is grown in many parts of India as it is a stable in diet of Indians across the length and breadth of the country. Pigeon pea is a perennial legume from the Fabaceae family that is capable of symbiosis with Rhizobia, the bacteria that enriches soil through symbiotic nitrogen fixation. We suggest one has unpolished arhar dal as polishing is a multi-step process in which dals and pulses lose the potency of their nutrients, proteins and fibres. Mostly polishing of dals happen with either water, oil, nylon, marble or leather ensuring most nutrients are lost. Arhar dal is a good source of protein, fibre, calcium, carbohydrates and other nutrients especially unpolished as it retains the potency of its nutrients intact.
We grow toor near each of our plant to fix nitrogen to our fruit orchards at our natural food forest Vivavan, our food forest is a natural farm that is free from chemical, fertilisers or pesticides. The best way and natural way to provide nitrogen to our plants is growing toor, hence we cultivate them in gay abundance. As our unpolished toor dal is natural it is rich in protein, fibre, nutrients and extremely flavourful.
Pulses are polished as it increases the shelf life and enhances the visual appeal but polishing makes it lose its fibre, protein and other nutrients.