Moth Bean

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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moth bean Vigna aconitifolia, a low-growing, matlike plant which is cultivated as a pulse in India, especially in dry regions such as Rajasthan, takes its common English name from the Hindi one. The young pods, containing tiny seeds, make a delicious and nutritious vegetable. In India the seeds, either whole or split, are used to make a dal (dal moth).