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Matki

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Also known as Moth Bean, Matki forms the core ingredient of Maharashtra’s adored snack, Misal Pav.
Sprouts are living foods that continue to grow even after you refrigerate them, as does their vitamin content.
Matki is Rich in dietary fibre and protein for vegetarians.

A Nutritious (Behe)Moth

100 grams of moth beans contains 23 grams of protein and hence, an excellent source of protein for vegetarians. Matki is especially a popular choice among bodybuilders as it acts as an excellent fuel for muscle-building. Besides the protein, matki also contains Vitamin B, zinc, iron and calcium. The nutritional value of matki makes them a regular feature in salads amongst the health-conscious.

Preparation techniques of Matki change depending on the region. In Maharashtra, the moth bean is sprouted to prepare a spicy stew called Usal and is the main ingredient in Misal Pav, a local delicacy.

Fried matki is quite popular in the North of India and is used to prepare dal moth. But the more popular preparation is to turn it into a masala curry, with coconut in some regions. Matki can also be milled and floured to prepare dosa, and is commonly used in South India to prepare some lip-smacking dishes during festivals.

Matki

The Tata Sampann Advantage

Tata Sampann Matki is unpolished i.e. it does not undergo artificial polishing with water, oil or leather. It has less than 10% moisture content, which is lower than even AGMARK-specified standards. Low moisture means you get more protein per kg. They are graded and SORTEXed to get rid of unwholesome substances and inorganic foreign matter like stones, sticks, etc.

Health Benefits of Matki

  • Rich source of vitamins and minerals
  • One of the best sources of plant-based proteins
  • Good source of potassium, magnesium and dietary fibre
  • The dietary fibre contributes to normal bowel function

Nutrition Guru says:

The following steps can be undertaken to ensure your Matki is unadulterated.

Purity test
Step 1 1.
Take small portion of Matki in a transparent glass plate.
Step 2 2.
Manually spot stones, gravel or clay and remove if in small portion.
Step 3 3.
Reject the batch if you spot a large number of insects or if it exudes an unpleasant odour.

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