Sprouts are my favourite for many reasons. They are not only healthy but can be easily used in many different recipes.
What are sprouts?
Sprouts are basically germinated seeds or grains. By sprouting the germs and pulses, you can increase their nutritional content. You can sprout channas, beans, and lentil and pulses to make them nutritionally rich. They are wonder foods due to the presence of many vitamins and minerals in them.
How to make sprouts?
Sprouting is a very easy process but takes a long time. Soak the dal in water overnight. After that, you can wash the grains or lentils and tie it in a muslin cloth and sprinkle water every day. Keep it in a warm and dark place and n almost 3-4 days, you will see them sprouting. Another way is to use a sprouter which is easily available in the market and use them for this purpose. You can use it after washing properly immediately or even steam it and use it.
Nutritional benefits of sprouts –
- They are very rich in proteins.
- Normally pulses are not a good source of Vitamin C but sprouting makes it a rich source of this vitamin.
- They are rich in antioxidants.
- They are rich in minerals like Zinc, folate, and potassium etc.
- Sprouts are rich in fiber too.
Sprouts can be used in many different ways but the best way is to have it in salads with other vegetables. Coming to the recipe, I called it special sprouts salad as it is a mixture of different type of sprouts like black channas, and green sprouts with vegetables and peanuts.
Special sprouts salad is a healthy salad recipe which you can have as a mid-day snack or even as dinner to keep it light and healthy at night. It is a gluten-free and high protein salad.
- 1 cup sprouted moong
- 1 cup sprouted black channas
- ½ cup tomatoes chopped
- ½ cup cucumber chopped
- ½ cup peanuts (lightly roasted)
- Little bit coriander chopped
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 2 green chili chopped (optional)
- Black pepper and salt according to taste
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, adjust to taste
- Sprout the dal and
channasand use it when they are sprouted and ready. Channas take some more time than moong dal to sprout.
- Chop all the vegetables and keep aside.
- In a salad bowl, add tomatoes, cucumber, and onions. Now add sprouts, peanuts, and green chilies.
- Add salt, pepper, lemon juice and mix properly.
- Garnish with coriander and serve fresh.
It makes for a healthy and good lunch option to take to the office or school.
Another way to make salad is to cook the sprouts with salt and water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil and cook two minutes.
You can also use different dressings with this salad. Make dressings with ingredients like olive oil, yogurt etc.
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April 21, 2018 at 11:28 am
Lovely! Couldn’t resist reading this as sprouts are my favourite food of all time.
April 21, 2018 at 12:21 pm
this is an amazing recipe deepa. now many people are very conscious about sprouts. a packet of sprouts is very expensive here. close to 5$
April 24, 2018 at 11:27 pm
Deepa you can make them at home also. 😀
April 21, 2018 at 12:25 pm
Greens and browns and reds! Riot of tasteful colour for a healthy mix. Good mix Deepa.
April 21, 2018 at 4:11 pm
Another super yummy and nutritious recipe Deepa, thx for sharing this
April 21, 2018 at 7:09 pm
I love sprouts in any form and try to have as much variety of them as possible. Loved your simple and healthy recipe.
April 21, 2018 at 11:21 pm
I love sprouts, chana and moong sprouts are my favorite. I have them with some chopped onions, chillies, ginger and lime juice. Lovely healthy option.
April 22, 2018 at 10:17 am
This is such a lovely and healthy salad, specially for summers. I add a few cut pieces of raw mango to it too.
April 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm
Dont we need to put the sprouts in boiling water for a while..
April 24, 2018 at 1:01 am
I mentioned it below that you can also boil them before using.
April 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm
I haven’t made sprouts in a very long time! But your post has inspired me to get out my mung beans (I think they are like moong) and get some started! :). Happy A to Z-ing!
April 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm
Your post reminds me that it’s been a while since I made a sprout salad at home. Will change that tomorrow 😀
April 24, 2018 at 8:10 am
This is nostalgia for me. It tastes so good when its cold. The black channa and lime juice are what I like best about this salad.
It’s like a healthy ‘Chakna’ item. Goes down well with a drink :p
April 24, 2018 at 10:10 am
I love peanuts in my sprouts salad too. It makes it even more tastier .
April 24, 2018 at 11:26 pm
Now this is something i eat a lot. Thanks for this.
April 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Again a tasty recipe from your kitchen, must try for all.