Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Sprouted Moong Bean Salad

Here is a simple salad from Sprouted Moong Beans which I normally make as an evening snack when I have kept aside some of the Moong  already sprouted for other dishes.
This salad can be made using ready made sprouts available in Super Markets.

Moong beans, apart from being a good source of protein also contain useful amounts of fibre, potassium, and B-vitamins. They contain low levels of fat, cholesterol and sodium.  It digests slowly and gradually releases glucose into your bloodstream, stabilizing your blood sugar. It is useful for those of us who want to increase their alertness and mental abilities. Phosphorous is also necessary for healthy bones and teeth, a fact which makes sprouted seeds desirable for babies and children.

Sprouting is the practice of soaking, draining and then rinsing seeds at regular intervals until they germinate, or sprout.
Sprouting helps to reduce the acid-alkaline imbalance which might occur when grains, legumes, and other proteins are used. 
Here is one of the recipes made from "Sprouted Moong beans" which is very tasty as well as healthy.

The process of Sprouting and then de-skinning is given below:
1. Soak the Moong beans overnight in a big vessel full of water.
2. Next morning drain the Moong in a colander and allow to sit for 8 hrs or until evening.
3. You will notice that the Moong beans are sprouting. If its not yet sprouted continue to keep it on the colander for another 8 hrs or overnight.
4. Now put all the sprouted Moong beans back in the big vessel and fill it with fresh water and keep the vessel covered.
5. Now after 2 hrs u will notice that most of the green skin has come to the top of the water and the sprouted beans have moved to the bottom of the vessel.
6. Remove and discard the green skin.
7. Mix the sprouts in the vessel with your hand, once in few minutes to allow the skin to come on top.
8. Repeat the process till all or most of the skin has been removed and you get white sprouts.
Serves 1
Moong Beans - Sprouted - 1 cup
Tomato - finely diced - 1/2
Onion - finely diced - 1/2
Green chilly - finely chopped - 1/2
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves or Mint leaves - finely chopped - 1 tsp for garnishing
Mix all the above ingredients in a large bowl, and garnish with freshly chopped coriander or mint leaves. Serve chilled.

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