Cow gram is otherwise called black-eyed pea (due to the presence of a distinctive black spot on their hilum (the point of attachment). It is a small, smooth and kidney shaped pulse.
Cow gram is used in stews, soups, purees casseroles, and mostly in curries. Cowpea paste is used as a supplement in infant formula when weaning babies off milk.
Calorific value: 100 grams offers 80 Kcal of energy
Carbohydrates-60.03g, Sugars-6.9g, Dietary fiber-10.6g, Fat-1.26g, Protein-23.52g, Vitamins: Vitamin A equiv.-3?g(0%), Thiamine (B1)-0.853 mg(74%), Riboflavin (B2)-0.226mg(19%), Niacin (B3)- 2.075mg(14%), Vitamin B6-0.357 mg(27%), Folate (B9)-633?g (158%), Vitamin C- 1.5 mg(2%), Vitamin K-5 ?g(5%), Minerals: Calcium-110mg(11%), Iron-8.27mg(64%), Magnesium-184mg(52%), Phosphorus-424mg(61%), Potassium-1112mg(24%), Sodium-16mg(1%), Zinc- 3.37mg,(35%), Other constituents: Water-11.95g
Cow gram is a very good source of soluble dietary fiber and protein, which reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) and regulates blood sugar level. It is rich in antioxidant agents, vitamin A and vitamin C that removes free radicals, helping to stop the growth of cancerous cells. It is very much useful in relieving uneasiness and obstruction of urine flow. Regular use stops Leucorrhea(white discharge).