Urad dal or black gram also known as Masha in Sanskrit is widely used in Indian cuisine. This herb is used as main ingredient in various ayurvedic preparations. Ayurveda acharyas eulogise medicinal properties of Black gram as follows.
This pulse is sweet to taste and heavy to digest. Black gram has hot potency. It improves the moistness of tissues and increases the body bulk. It pacifies vata. Urad dal boosts sperm count and is a best ayurvedic remedy for erectile dysfunction.
Here are few easy recipes of urad dal or black gram which help in various health conditions like underweight, low sperm count , Erectile dysfunction, lowered body strength and constipation.
Masha Yusha : (Black gram soup).
The medicinal properties of this recipe is explained by Acharya Charaka as follows. (Check another variant Black Gram (Urad Dal) Soup recipe-an aphrodisiac preparation)
- Black gram or whole urad with husk – 1 cup
- Water – 4 cups
- Black pepper corn – 6-7
- Jeera powder or cumin seed powder – 1 tea spoon
- Dried Long pepper – 3-4
- Dry ginger powder – ¼ spoon
- Rock salt – 1 tea spoon
- Ghee – 1 tea spoon
Soak 1 cup of whole black gram or urad in water for 4 hours. Cook it in sufficient water (around 4 cups) until it becomes soft. Add crushed black pepper, cumin seeds powder, crushed long pepper powder, dry ginger power and rock salt and then mix well. Serve hot with a tea spoon of ghee and enjoy your soup. This can be eaten along with hot rice and ghee.
Black Gram Milk Mix :
- Whole Black gram with husk – 1 cup
- Almonds – 10 in number
- Cashew – 10 in number
- Walnuts – 10 in number
- Cardamom powder – ½ tea spoon
- Ghee – 2 tea spoon
Heat a woke or kadahi on stove. Add 1 tea spoon of ghee and fry black gram until it emits fragrance. Transfer this fried gram into a plate. Now add one more tea spoon of ghee to woke and fry dry fruits one by one till they become golden brown. Transfer this to the same plate. Allow these ingredients to cool. Blend these in a mixer along with cardamom powder. Store this powder in an airtight container. Mix 2 tea spoon of this powder to a glass of warm milk and drink daily twice. This recipe is very helpful in erectile dysfunction and low sperm count due to diabetes. This can be considered as home made recipe for Erectile Dysfunction.
Non diabetic patients, to enhance body strength and gain body weight, can add sugar and ghee to the above said milk preparation.
Apart from this other urad dal recipes like dosa, idli, medu vada , dhokla etc can be used for breakfast to improve health and strength.
Maha Masha Taila:
Maha masha taila is an oil preparation which contains masha or urad dal as main ingredient. This oil is used in treatment of Paralysis, Palsy, deafness, tinnitus, to relieve stiffness and pain in locked jaw, headache, eye diseases, and migraine. This oil is used for body massage, nasya, shirodhara and other panchakarma treatments to boost the strength of nerves and muscles.