Toor dal is one of the main ingredients used in Indian cooking and cuisine. It is a protein rich lentil and is used in sambhar which is a staple in South Indian cooking. It has no cholestrol and is a great source of fibre for those trying to eat a nutrient-rich meal. It is also known as Pigeon Pea and is a staple in Gujarati households. The lentil is also used in tadka to enhance the seasoning of dishes.