Matki dal is one among the many pulse grains available in the market. It actually resembles Moong/Green gram dal in shape/texture but is different in taste, size and color - typically light or dark brown depending upon the place where it is grown. Matki dal are small tan/brown colored beans, which are oblong in shape. They are very common in Indian cuisine and are also known as moath beans. They are a high source of protein and a main staple in many vegetarian diets. They can be found very easily in any Indian grocery store.The seeds have a short cooking time (especially for small varieties with the husk removed, such as the common red lentil) and a distinctive earthy flavor.