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A legume in botanical writing is a plant in the family Fabaceae (or Leguminosae), or a fruit of these specific plants. A 'legume' fruit is a simple dry fruit that develops from a simple carpel and usually dehisces (opens along a seam) on two sides. A common name for this type of fruit is a pod, although "pod" is also applied to a few other fruit types, such as vanilla. Well-known legumes include alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, lupins, mesquite, carob, soy, cashews, and peanuts. Source: Wikipedia
A legume can be fresh or dried beans, lentils, pulses, and/or sometimes edible pods that contain these seeds, & derivative products like tofu, besan, fenugreek, carob, peanuts, etc. are among some of the other edible plants in the legume family which can be used for the event. P.S: vanilla is a member of the orchid family and is not a legume.
Please note that the "legume" being used for the dish must be the main ingredient rather than an auxiliary one. MLLA is all about the legumes of any sort as the main draw.
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For more creative ideas about how/what to cook with legumes, check out Suma's Delicious Dals from India Roundup.
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