Masoor is basically a small pulse or legume and is present in huge varieties, varying in color from the more common greenish brown and red to yellow. Masoor is known to be most popular and probably the most commonly used dal in India.
Chana dal is also known as Bengal gram. This is the most popular legume in India. The beans have mild flavor and can be spiced to taste in a variety of ways. Without skin and split, chana is known as split chana dal. Chana dal is delicious, nutritious and can be easily digested.