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   Organic Moth Dal

Product Type - Moth Dal
Botanical Name - Vigna aconitifolia
Family Name - fabaceae

   Introduction

The Moth Bean is a hot weather, drought resistant legume and this fact is supported by its well developed tap root system. The Moth Bean plant flourishes to a full growth in short day lengths. It does not tolerate water logging so much so that the plant hardly requires any irrigation and thrives well in well drained and light sandy soil. It shows slow growth initially but catches up on the vegetative development rapidly later. The Moth Bean plant hardly faces any kind of threat from pests and diseases. One of the major reasons owing to this may be the kind of environment it is grown in.


   Description

 

Moth bean plant, 10-30 cm tall, is a hot-weather, drought-resistant, ground-hugging hairy plant that resembles a small mat. There are up to 12 trailing main branches, 60-130 cm long, developed from short erect main stem, 10-40 cm long, and forms densely matted, horizontal clump. Terminal leaflet has 5 acuminate lobes and lateral leaflet has 4 lobes. The bright yellow small flowers are borne on hairy branches, and later develop into 5-7.5 cm long cylindrical smooth pods. The pod is brown or pale gray when mature, with each pod contains 4-9 seeds. The oblong seed, 3-4 mm, is light brown to dark reddish-brown in color. Inner meat is golden yellow with an earthy and somewhat nutty flavor for main dishes, side dishes and snack food. Moth beans are eaten as a sprout, or as a dhal (the hulled bean).


   Uses of Moth Dal in Food Industry

»  Moth Bean is used to make many dishes to be eaten with rice or rotis. It can always be     sprouted and then be cooks as salads to make a crunchy snack which will make you feel light     on stomach.
»  The seeds can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable and can also be processed as dals to     preserve them for a long time. And later can be prepared in sprouts and also be cooked as      any other dal or beans. The Moth seeds are fried to make them into a crunchy snack.
»  Also Moth Bean can be assimilated as a flour to prepare south Indian foodie delights like Idli     and dosa.


   Health Benefits of Moth Dal

 

»  Moth Bean seeds are a good and potential reservoir of Proteins and other essential minerals     and vitamins.
»  Moth bean is one of the major protein food sources. It is rich in protein (23.6 g); calcium (202    mg) in it can make it an excellent supplement to cereal diet. Especially for people who are     unaware of the problems that mal-nutrition can push them into. Moth Bean is a cheap source of     nutrients and forms a specific and perfect diet.
»  Moth Beans have great health benefits! Moth Beans have lot of fiber, calcium, proteins and     minerals.

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