Login   
About us Knowledge centre About pulses Agricultural practices Environment Government programmes News centre Contact us
 
What are pulses?
Chickpea
Cowpea
Mung bean
Pigeonpea
Red kidney bean
Urad bean
 
 
Home > About pulses > Red lentil
  Email this page   Print this page   Bookmark and Share

Red lentil

Red lentils (Lens culinaris), known in India as masoor, is one of the oldest cultivated crops. They have been grown by humans for almost nine millennia, since the aceramic Neolithic period. They grow well in areas with limited rainfall and tolerate frost well. High humidity and excessive rainfall encourages vegetative growth in the plant, which prevents good yields and can lower seed quality

The crop is believed to be native to the Near East. Red lentils are only red once they've been dehusked — prior to dehusking, they have a brown skin.

They are a good source of thiamin, iron, phosphorus, manganese and folate.

Nutrition information per 100g
 
Carbohydrates
59g
- Dietary fibre
11g
Protein
25g
Fat 2g
- Saturated fatty acids
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
Vitamin C
1.7mg
Calcium
41mg
Iron
7.6mg
Energy 345kcal


Red lentils caloric ratio

Nutrition data from USDA SR-21.

 
Join the Exchange
GrowMorePulses invites
you to become a member
of this community
Register now
Ask our experts
Share information
Contact us
 
Members' contributions
Nitrogen-fixing nodules
from Mr TalaCrishna Sood
 
The real pulses problem
from Mr Pappu Singh
 
More    
Untitled Page