Gram refers to a small pulse (legume) that is most commonly grown as a crop in India where it is called Gahat or Kulath. It is not only used as a human food, but also used for animal food. Horse Gram is described as small, thin and oval-shaped, may be light to dark colored in shades of red, brown and black. It has a slight strong, earthy flavor when cooked. It can be eaten as a whole bean, as a sprout, or as whole meal and can be served as a side dish or as a main dish with other ingredients. In some regions, the Horse gram is boiled and then crushed with salt after which it is allowed to ferment in order to produce a sauce that is used like a soy sauce. In India, particularly in Uttaranchal Region, it is used extensively for making various dishes, such as Gahat Chappati, Phaanu, Gahat Ki Dal , Gahat Soup, Rus, Gahat Rasmi Badi (Kofta), etc. Horse Gram which is similar to the Moth Bean are both called as the "poor man's food".