June 10, 2015

How to Sprout Mung Beans


Making Sprouts at home is not such a big deal but it does require a bit of planning. But it certainly is better than picking up a packet of sprouts off the shelf in the supermarket. If you look at it, store bought sprouts are quite expensive also why buy when making it at home is so easy peasy :)

I do admit that I have picked up sprouts from stores more often than not, but off late I have been making them at home. Of all the legumes, Mung Beans takes the least time to sprout & can be eaten raw, while others like Chickpeas or black eyed peas sprouts do require steaming

  Sprouts Kosambari

How To:

Clean about half a cup of Mung Beans in several changes of water. Soak the Beans in plenty of water. Once the beans are soaked, they double in size so make sure you use plenty of water. Set aside for about 7-8 hours or overnight. Drain all the water & transfer the beans into a vessel. I use a perforated steel container that looks like a colander. Close the lid & set aside in a corner of your kitchen or in a nice warm place & keep it undisturbed for about 15-18 hrs or until the beans have fully sprouted. You can also use a colander or tie the beans in a  muslin cloth to make sprouts 

It takes anything between 15 to 20 hours to sprout fully, depending on the weather. It takes lesser time during the warmer months & during winter, it may even take 24 hours 

To to make sprouting a wee bit faster during winter, heat the oven for a couple of minutes until its slightly warm. turn it off & place the container in the oven. Make sure you don't turn on the oven by mistake :)
Once the sprouting is done, store them in an airtight container in the fridge.  Follow a similar method to sprout other beans too but it may take longer to sprout 

Sprouts

I make sprouts once a week & store it in an airtight container & use as an when required. I use them in Salads, stir fries, soups & I simply eat a handful when I feel hungry. 


We make a very simple Raw Salad called Kosambari that uses Mung Sprouts along with Pomegranate & fresh Coconut. Very Simple but very tasty & packed with nutrition.
That's coming on the blog next .. 


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