Called chanaka in Sanskrit, chana dal is also called the common gram. Conscious Food's organic chana dal is known to be very good for throat and chest afflictions. Besides dal, it can also be made into a naturally nutritious soup. It is a rich source of proteins and minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. It is a low glycemic index food therefore regulating blood sugar and insulin levels for people worried about type II diabetes.