Chana dal is baby chickpeas that has been split and polished. It is one of the most popular ingredients in Indian cuisine. Chana dal is delicious, nutritious, healthy and easily digested. It is used in soups, salads, curries, dal preparations, savouries, sweets and rice dishes. The chickpea are also roasted and powdered into chickpea flour or besan. Chana dal is high in fibre and helps to lower cholesterol. Chana dal is a rich source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein.