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Query from: krnntp, United States, 05/20/08
Topic: INDIAN FOOD      Submitted on:
Subject: moth bean (muth bean, matki) - a gardener and cook's question

moth bean (muth bean, matki) - can the beans and pods be eaten fresh from the garden? I'd like to grow it and want to find out if it can be a fresh vegetable as well as a dry bean.

Thanks Amma for your perspective! I'm pretty ignorant about matki.

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Response from: NEERAJA NAVEEN,   
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Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
any fruit or vegetable can't be eaten after plucking feom tree or plant. it should be cleaned and then only should eat. the pesticisides on fruit or vegetable will damage our health if u eat without cleaning. and don't eat fresh beans and pods without cleaning. after cleaning with water ,u can eat that raw vegetable or fruit or any beans u want.

no muth bean(matki) can't be eaten fresh .it can be used in a dried form,moong bans can be cooked and sprouted.after sprouting u can eat more as much as possible for u .

One kind of bean seldom grown in Florida gardens is the moth bean , also known by other common names such as mat bean, matki bean, mout bean, or dew gram. The name "moth" comes from the Hindi word pronounced "mat" or "mote" according to the National Academy of Sciences. Moth beans are most popular as a crop in India, but have been tried for cattle forage in Texas and California.

moth bean DESCRIPTION:

The plant resembles a small mat, for it is a ground-hugging plant and only about a foot high. The densely matted branches, which grow horizontally and have deeply notched leaflets on long leaf branches, are somewhat similar to the leaves of certain varieties of sweet potatoes. The hairy branches bear bright yellow flowers that develop into short (2-3 inches long) smooth pods. Each yellowish brown pod contains from four to nine seeds about the size of a large grain of rice. The root system is covered by spherical nitrifying nodules.


Moth bean is a hot weather, drought resistant legume. The climatic requirements have been compared to those for Southern peas, although moth bean is a short day plant. It could be grown in the spring and fall in most of Florida, and in the winter in South Florida. When seeded in early September in Gainesville, fair pod production was achieved by late November. Cultural practices similar to those used for growing Southern peas should be followed for moth beans. Plant the seeds 3 inches apart and thin to 6 inches to allow for proper plant spread. The crop should mature in 2-3 months.


In India, green pods are eaten as a vegetable, and the tiny seeds are eaten whole or split. A favorite Indian method of preparation is to fry the seeds in a little oil. Seeds contain 22-24% protein, but nutritional experts say part of this protein is unavailable due to the presence of a trypsin inhibitor.

Matki also called as Moth bean or Turkish Gram is popularly used in Indian cooking to make curries, salads, rice etc.It is quite easy to sprout matki .Clean and Wash the beans and soak Matki in water overnight (6-8 hours). Remove the water from the soaked Matki and tie it in a damp cotton cloth (I use a bag made from muslin cloth) till the seeds germinate (2-3 days depending on the weather). If the weather is too cold try and keep the tied Matki in a warm place. Now-a-days Sprouters or Sproutmakers are also available to make sprouts. I prefer the traditional way.

These crunchy Matki sprouts taste good even raw. Add a dash of lime juice, pepper and little salt -A perfect healthy snack!

Coming to Matki Bhaat. It is a very simple recipe where Rice combines with Matki sprout to enhance its flavour and nutritive value.

matki baath recipe:

1 cup Rice

1 cup Matki sprouts

1 medium sized onion chopped

1 green chili slit length wise

5-6 peppercorns

4-5 cloves

1 tsp cumin seeds

Salt as per taste

1tsp oil

1tsp butter

Wash and drain the rice and keep aside. In a pan heat 1 tsp oil and 1 tsp butter. Add the Cumene seeds, peppercorns and cloves. Add the slit green chili and then add the chopped onion. Fry for a few minutes till the onion becomes translucent .Add the Matki sprout and fry for 2 minutes. Then add the rice, stir nicely and remove from heat. In a rice cooker add two cups of water and salt. Add the rice- matki mixture to it once the water starts boiling. Cover and cook till the indicator turns to warm. You can cook Matki Rice in a pressure cooker also. Take care that you don’t overcook it. The grains should separate and not stick to each other.

Serve hot with curds or Raita.

for spicy moth bean sprout curry(fiery Usal Misal) U SEE THE LINK…

and see Matki chi Usal (Moth Bean Curry)recipe in the link…

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Response from: Indumukhi A.,   
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Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
You can grow moth beans in your garden if you live in a hot climate without too much rain fall. You can definitely eat the green pods as a fresh vegetable. Then you can eat the seeds also; they are very good whole and fried. This link is kind of technical but I think since you're a gardener you'll love it:…

Enjoy growing, harvesting, and eating your matki!

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Response from: Lathaa Manavalan,   
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Why not? Our ancestors have only ate fruits and vegetables from forest and survived.

Indeed you will get more vitamins if you take it directly.

yes you eat fresh or dried.

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