Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sprouted Moong Salad

I love sprouts and make them often. Recently, I was browsing and landed upon something very informative about "Moong Beans" which I would like to share here.

"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 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."

So, here is a very healthy salad recipe of sprouted moong beans.

Sprouted Moong Salad

This recipe serves 6 people.

1 cup whole moong beans.
2 medium tomatoes.
1 onion.
1/3 cup chopped cucumber.
¼ cup chopped radish.
½ cup shredded cabbage.
Juice of one lemon.
½ tsp cumin seeds.
¼ cup chopped coriander leaves.
½ tsp white salt.
1 tsp black salt.
½ tsp roasted cumin powder.
½ tsp black pepper powder.
1 green chilli or to taste.
2 tsp chaat masala.
1 tbsp olive oil.


Soak 1 cup moong dal overnight and it will increase to twice its volume. Drain off the water and keep the moong dal in a warm place for 12-20 hrs for the sprouts to grow. The sprouts grow faster in warm environment.

Heat a pan and add oil. When heated add the cumin seeds such that they crack right away. Add the sprouted moong and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Cover the pan with a lid and take it off gas and let it cool down completely. Meanwhile, in a bowl add chopped tomatoes, onions, cucumber, radish, shredded cabbage, chopped coriander leaves and mix it nicely. Add the chopped green chilli, lemon juice and all the spices and give it a good stir. Now add the moong dal sprouts and mix it nicely so that the mixture is uniform.
Salad is ready to serve.

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