Sprouted beans are powerhouse of nutrition. They contain abundant enzymes, protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. They also contain high level of antioxidants.No wonder they are considered "health food". Moreover they high in fiber and low in calories.So even those who are looking for a way to lose weight can include sprouts in their diet.You do not need any sprouting jar or any special gadgets to make sprouts at home. Home made sprouts are fresher and tastier than store bought ones. Today I am going to share with you 2 simple methods of sprouting beans at home.
1. Select good quality seeds for sprouting. Clean and wash the mung beans and soak it overnight or for 7-8 hours.(see to it that the beans are submerged in water)
2. The Next day - (Second day)
Rinse the beans well and drain the water. Now look at the seeds below. They are swollen and plump.Some have even sprouted lightly.
3.Drain the water completely.
Wet a cheese cloth or muslin cloth or a thin cotton cloth, squeeze out excess water, transfer the moong beans in it and hang it loosely to drain remaining water if any.(as shown in the picture below)
4.Then keep the cloth along with the mung beans in a vessel at room temperature. Cover it with a lid and leave it overnight undisturbed.(the cloth should be damp and care should be taken to ensure that there is no water stagnant in the vessel)
5.Third day -You can see that the seeds have sprouted well. Looks lovely, isn't it?
If you want longer sprouts- Rinse and drain the beans through the cloth and keep it for another 5-6 hours.Again ensure that the cloth is damp and also there should be no stagnant water in the vessel otherwise the beans will rot.
If you are not going to use it immediately, it can be kept in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Follow Step 1 and 2 as mentioned above.
After draining the water from the Moong dhal completely, put them in a Casserole or hot pack, close it and leave it overnight undisturbed. The following morning the seeds would have sprouted.
Now you have learn't how to sprout moong beans at home, we will see some delicious and easy salad recipes prepared with mung sprouts or green gram sprouts in our next post.
Note - Follow the same method for all bean seeds.
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