Lobia (Black eyed pea) is called Sonthe in local language in Uttarakhand. Local variety of sonthe is Red in colour. It is grown in the low and mid hills of Uttarakhand.
Pahadi Sonthe has a distinct taste, texture and shorter cooking time which helps distinguish this dal from varieties grown in other places in India.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SONTHE:
- Good for pregnant women: Iron, protein and folate are the key nutrients whose requirement increases substantially during pregnancy.
- Assists weight loss: A high protein and high fiber legume, lobia keeps hunger pangs at bay by promoting satiety.
- Good source of iron, phosphorus and potassium.