Macrotyloma uniflorum is a lesser known bean, primarily grown in India. It is known as Horse Gram because it is often used to feed horses, but is also commonly used in cooking, traditional Ayurvedic cuisine, and is considered a food with medicinal qualities.
It is consumed as a whole seed, as sprouts, or as whole meal.
Horse gram seed is low in fat and is excellent sources of protein, dietary fiber, a variety of micro-nutrients and phytochemicals.
The plant is very drought tolerant, preferring warm dry conditions. It is a short-day, twining climber.
It can succeed in poor soil conditions, dislikes waterlogging and is not frost tolerant.