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Friday, February 25, 2011

Moth bean

Moth bean
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Genus: Vigna
Species: V. aconitifolia
Binomial name
Vigna aconitifolia
(Jacq.) Marechal
Phaseolus aconitifolius Jacq.
Vigna aconitifolia, called the moth bean (pronounced "moat bean"), mat bean, Turkish gram or matki/mataki (मटकी) in Marathi, is a small, drought-resistant, annual, trailing herb with small yellow flowers and deeply lobed leaves, grown especially in dry parts of South Asia for its tiny (3-4 mm) edible beans, which range in color from light brown to dark reddish brown. The sprouted beans taste somewhat sweet.
Matki is very popular in Maharastrian cuisine. The beans are soaked overnight to make them sprout. These sprouted beans are used for salad, misal or usal.

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