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Date: 07 May 2016   Posted By: sharon     Group: Health    Category: Nutrition   

Hi ,

This summer I am facing problem in the storage of dal especially tur and moong.
I store them in airtight container in the drawers. But past 2 times my dals have been tasting different. Can you please advice on what wrong is happening. Is it because of summer or something wrong with my storage ?


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Author: Venkiteswaran.    09 May 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Generally the humid rain season affect pulses and dals and there may be attack of fungus etc.
In summer usually those pulses and dals which were not fully dried may lose the water content and may lose weight and colour. However there may not be much reduction in usable quality.

However if you keep the items in plastic containers and keep closed or long time, depending on the low quality of the containers, the contents also may have the plastic/chemical smell and taste. You may also keep them sufficiently away from the heat source like gas stove etc.

Once in a while take out the items and spread them on a plate or paper and keep under fan or an open verandha or balcony for sometime and stir and re-spread them periodically to expose well. If the smell still remains, try washing the dal and dry under hot sun.

Low quality plastic If the empty container itself smells of plastic or chemicals, then change that and keep the items in 'food-grade' PET containers or steel containers or glass containers. Keep at a relatively cool-dry place.

Author: Kailash Kumar    09 May 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

One of the reasons may be the quality of pulses also at the time of its purchase. In case the same were not fully dried and contained more than usual moisture, then the possibility of deterioration in quality is there when stored in air tight containers later for a longer period of time. Being summers, the pulses can be spread in open under sun rays and get dried further. Moreover the ultraviolet rays of sun rays are also likely to have its effect in controlling the quality. As explained by other authors also above, the quality of plastic containers should also be checked and if necessary replaced by food grade plastic containers.

Author: [Anonymous]    09 May 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

People usually face problem in storing grain during rainy season due to moisture.
You may try to keep your grains in air tight containers in refrigerator. I have seen many lades following this habit and they are not facing any problem.

Author: Mahesh    10 May 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Most of the time keeping the dal outside freezer affects it. So you have to keep the same in the freezer.If you don't freeze the dal then the bacteria affect the liquid. And in matter of minutes or hours often if kept outside the fridge then it affects. So freezing seems to be the only liquid that helps in such condition.

Author: Juana    12 May 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Pulses and all other edible items must be stored in either food grade plastic containers or glass or metal containers. The type of container you use might be deteriorating the quality of the pulses, by transferring toxins to them.

It could also be possible that the quality of pulses that you purchased is not good. Please change your supplier.

After the recent Chennai floods, a number of grocery stores were seen sunning edible groceries that had become wet in the flood waters. The dried goods would have been repacked and sold to unsuspecting consumers. Such unethical practices are prevalent are rampant everywhere. You might have bought a batch of pulses that was salvaged after a similar calamity.
There is no definite way of telling whether the pulses are contaminated. However, you can try this simple test, which I just thought of –

Transfer the contents from the container onto a stainless steel plate or bowl. Then transfer them back – check the plate/bowl for a thin film of powdery dust. If the pulses haven't been in water, they will be coated with a powdery substance that gets transferred onto surfaces they are placed on. If you find that powder then your pulses are good – if not, then know that they might have been soaked in water (probably rain/flood waters) and dried and sold to you. Feed the pulses to the birds and buy fresh stock.

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