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The Difference between masoor dal and horse gram

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difference between masoor dal and horse gram

The difference between masoor dal and horse gram. Both pulses are very healthy and nutritious, We have already discussed a lot about all of the Indian dals you can check them by visiting our home page. But in this article, we going to solve the question is horse gram/Kulthi and masoor dal same? In this article, we will see all the differences between horse gram and Lentils/Masoor dal. So let’s start with the nutritional facts.

Nutritional benefits of horse gram 100g

  • Calories – 321 kcal
  • Carbs – 57 g
  • Dietary Fiber – 05 g
  • Fat – 0 g
  • Protein – 22 g
  • Calcium – 287 mg
  • Iron – 7 mg
  • Phosphous – 311 mg

Nutritional value of masoor dal per 100g

  • Calories – 114 kcal
  • Carbs – 22 g
  • Dietary fiber – 7.9 g
  • Fat – 0.9 g
  • Protein – 9.0g
  • Calcium – 43 mg
  • Iron – 3.3 mg
  • Phosphorus -180 mg

Names Masoor dal vs Horse gram

The name of both pulses has its own logic. Name horse gram is because in the early days it was fed to horses, Also used to treat some kind of disease by Ayurveda acharyas. The name lentils came from the word lens. The shape of the lentil is just like a lens. let’s see some of the other names of lentils and horse gram in different languages.

Horse Gram

  • Botanical name – Macrotyloma uniflorum
  • Kingdom – Plantae
  • English – Horse gram
  • Hindi – Kulthi
  • Telugu – Ulavalu
  • Nepali – Bakulla
  • Kerala – Muthira
  • Odisha – Kolatha
  • Himachal/ Uttrakhand – Kulth

Masoor dal

  • Botanical name – Lens culinaris
  • Kingdom – Plantae
  • English – Lentil
  • Hindi – Masoor
  • Telugu – Pappu
  • Nepali – Musuroo
  • Kerala – Payar
  • Odisha – Masura
  • Himachal/ Uttrakhand – Masoor

Major Similarities in masoor dal and horse gram

There are many similarities between horse gram and masoor dal that why people often get confused between them. there are similar in look they both look almost the same in color when they are whole with skin. Thair plants also look similar. Both plants are Climbing plants and cames from the Plantae Kingdom. The beans of both horse gram and masoor are also looked similar.


Major Differences in masoor dal and horse gram

Shape and Color

Horse gram

The shape of horse gram is oval the of horse gram may differ as per cultivation conditions. Normally it grows up to 6-7mm long. The horse gram is multicolored with beige to dark coffee brown colorings. It is normally used as a whole grain, by sprouting or cooking. So you don’t get unpeeled or split horse gram in the market.

Masoor dal

The shape of masoor dal is already defined by its name it looks like the lens (Round). The color of masoor dal is earthy when it is whole. But it is red inside. That is why it is called red lentils. Mostly you will find the peelless masoor dal in Supermarkets which is red in color.


The taste of horse gram is spicy(acrid) and a little astringent. That is the reason it is not so popular in modern families and also not served in restaurants. But if you choose a good recipe you can make it taste great by balancing the taste using Spices. It is suggested to eat horse gram sprout it is very healthy but the taste is not great.

The taste of masoor dal is sweet and that makes it suitable for all types of dishes. You can make both sweet and salty dishes by using masoor dal, it goes well with both.

Bottom line

In this article, we did not make any comparison, what you should eat and what you should to not eat. It’s totally on your choice. You can choose that according to your preferences, we just helped you to understand the difference between masoor dal and horse gram. If we have made any mistake or you want to add something, then do let us know in the comment box below.

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