Toor dal is also sometimes referred to as lentils or split pigeon peas. This usual Indian dish is frequently served with rich spices over rice, and is a staple in several households and Indian restaurants. It is a type of the legume family, and it is not only tasty, it also contains a number of health benefits. Toor dal contains folic acid, an important vitamin for all women, especially those planning to become pregnant. Toor dal is also an excellent source of carbohydrates, which your body needs for energy. When you eat food containing carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, or blood sugar. Blood sugar is then used to provide energy to your brain, body and nervous system.