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Moth dal is an herbaceous creeping annual which grows to approximately 40 cm high. Yellow flowers on its hairy and densely packed branches develop into yellow-brown pods, 2 to 3 inches in length. The seeds of these pods contain approximately 22–24% protein.
Whole or split moth bean seeds can be cooked or fried. In India,particularly in the state of Maharashtra, moth beans are sprouted before cooking and used for making Usal (spicy stew). They can be used for breakfast or other meals.

The usal is essential part of the popular dish Misal Pav Fried splits make up a ready-to-eat traditional namkeen, or savory dry snack, in India called dal moth  and can be used to make traditional dal.