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Sprouts are seeds that have just started germinating, infant plants that have the capacity to grow into adult plants if allowed to. However, seeds used for sprouting are usually those of beans, peas and grains as these can be eaten raw or lightly cooked.
Sprouting usually starts with soaking the seeds in water for a certain amount of time, depending on the size of the seed, and then providing them with the right conditions so that they can germinate.
Sprouting seeds increases the initial levels of nutrients several times over thereby making them more nutritious. It also makes the protein in seeds easier to digest and also removes certain antinutritional factors like phytic acid, lectins, etc, present in certain seeds.
Sprouted seeds also offer certain health benefits like improving heart health, regulating blood sugar levels and making for easier digestion and assimilation of their nutrients.
Today, we are going to see how lentils can be sprouted and we are using two popular lentils for this purpose, viz, mung beans and moth beans.
As sprouts are mostly eaten raw or lightly cooked chances of infection due to bacteria are more. Therefore, it is best to grow your own sprouts so that you can minimise this chance to almost zero.
Also, use clean equipment and potable water to sprout the seeds and store them in the fridge after sprouting is done.
How to Use Sprouts
Sprouts can be eaten raw by incorporating them in sandwiches and salads. They can be added to certain dishes like stir-fries, soups, patties, omelettes and more. They can be blended into smoothies or ground to a paste to make spreads and dips.
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24 hours 15 min
- 2 tbsp sabut moong/mung beans
- 2 tbsp matki/moth beans
- water as needed
- Put both the dals/lentils in a bowl and wash them a few times until the water runs clear.
- Add fresh water and cover the bowl with a lid. Let the lentils soak for 8 to 10 hours.
- Strain out the water and transfer the soaked lentils to a thick cotton cloth.
- Tie the cloth and hang it over a kitchen sink tap and pour water over it to wet the cloth completely. Let the lentils hang for 10-12 hours to let them sprout. Wet the cloth by pouring water over it if it tends to dry out. Ensure the cloth is always moist.
- When the sprouts are ready you can see some of them poking out of the cloth.
- Remove the sprouts to a bowl and have them as you like. Store in the fridge if you wish to have them later.
How to Sprout Moong (Mung Beans) and Matki (Moth Beans)
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