easy sprouting & a recipe

16th June 2009

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Lettuce goes to seed so quickly in the Summer heat here in Israel.  So during this season, I need to get creative as to what I can put into my salads.  This is where sprouting comes in.  Normally I just sprout mung beans by themselves, but a few weeks ago I experimented with this combination: equal amounts of mung beans and the small, dark brown Beluga lentil.

Sprouting increases the nutrient value, vitamin and enzyme content of grains, beans and seeds, and making them more digestible.  They have a cooling, cleansing, and detoxifying effect on the body.  After an overnight soak, the sprouts are ready in just two to three days.

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easy sprouting

It is always best to purchase organic lentils, beans and seeds, as the conventionally grown ones have often been irradiated prior to storage, making them unable to sprout.

ingredients :

½ cup mung beans

½ cup dark brown beluga lentils

Rinse and soak the mung beans and lentils in a bowl overnight.  The next morning, drain, rinse again and place back in the bowl or alternatively you can leave in the strainer to drain over the bowl.  Keep the lentils out of direct sunlight or in a dark area or cupboard.  The sprouts should be rinsed 2 or 3 times a day and then drained well.  When they reach their required length which takes 2 – 3 days, store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator; this helps to slow the growing process and preserve their freshness.  I like to keep the tails short and sprout them just for 2 days.  The shorter the sprouting time the sweeter the sprout,the longer the tail grows, the more water it retains; the less flavour and tend to be watery.

In the warmer months use them raw on salads, like this one or add them to a green smoothie.   They add a delicious crunch and freshness.   In the colder months, because of their cooling quality it is better to lightly cook them for a softer and a more digestible dish like in the recipe below or used in this lemon rice.

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carrot & mung bean sprout palya

Serves 4, as a side dish

Can also be made with the addition of finely chopped cabbage as well as the carrots and sprouts.

ingredients :

1 Tbsp ghee/oil

½ tsp black mustard seeds

½ tsp cumin seeds

¼ tsp turmeric powder

4 fresh curry leaves

3 medium carrots, grated

1 cup of sprouts (see above)

1 Tblsp  fresh lemon juice

¼ cup dried shredded coconut

salt to taste

fresh coriander

preparation :

Heat a little ghee/oil in a deep skillet.  Add the mustard seeds, wait until they splutter, turn grey and pop, then add the cumin seeds, turmeric powder and curry leaves.  Add the mung bean sprouts and cook for a minute or two, continually stirring (not too long as you want to keep some of the crunch to the sprouts) add the grated carrot and mix in with the sprouts.  Turn off the heat, add the lemon juice, grated coconut, salt, and freshly chopped coriander.  Gently mix to combine.  Serve with your favourite grain dish and a simple dal or with an Indian dosa and slices of avocado.

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If you would like to read more on sprouting this is a great site – https://sproutpeople.org/growing-mung-bean-sprouts/

Shared goodness from Stacey

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1 comment

  • hutfitproject

    Just cooked this. Yummy and sooooooooo easy. I did cut the chilli up because I needed a bit more of a zing. I also added half an avo (which I mashed with some lemon juice, tblspn of organic yoghurt and just a touch of herbed olive oil). It was so yummy.
    Keep the recipes coming!

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