Thursday, 24 April 2014

How to Sprout Mung Beans


Sprouting is the process whereby seeds are germinated and eaten either raw or cooked. Beans such as haricot, black eyed beans, chickpeas , including grasses, grains  can be used for sprouting.

My favourite pulse to sprout is mung beans; they are small round beans and green in colour. Mung beans originated in India and were cultivated throughout Asia. Mung bean sprouts are high in vitamin C, iron, and potassium. They are low in cholesterol and high in soluble dietary fibers. Mung beans are a low glycemic index food, which means the beans are a diabetic friendly food. Low glycemic foods promote healthy blood sugar levels.

There are many uses for sprouted mung beans in recipes.They can be eaten raw in salads, or steamed and added to soups or they can be curried or added to rice dishes too. Today I am going to share how to sprout your mung beans , the same method can be used for any bean although the sprouting time will vary with different beans.

Healthy way to add protein to your diet. 

Ingredients:

250g  Mung Beans
Water

Muslin cloth or thin cheese cloth type material.


Method:

1. Wash the mung beans a few times in water and soak them in clean water overnight.
2. Next day drain the beans, you will notice they are swollen.
3. Get a large muslin cloth and soak it and squeeze all the water out. Spread the muslin cloth on a table and   put the mung beans in the centre. Bring the corners of the muslin cloth together and tie a loose knot.
4. Place the muslin parcel in a colander and place the colander in a bowl to catch any drips of water.Cover the bowl and place the bowl in a dark cupboard for 18-24 hours. If the muslin cloth dries out spray it delicately with water to keep it damp.
5. After 24 hours check to see if sprouts have formed other wise leave the beans for a little  longer. The sprouting time will vary depending on the humidity and the country you live in.My mung beans sprouted  in 24 hours.
6. Once beans have sprouted you can store them in the fridge to use for 1-2 days or even freeze them.
You can eat the sprouted mung beans in salads, curries, steamed or raw.




71 comments:

  1. This is really interesting! I've never sprouted anything before, but I should give it a try! Thanks!

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    1. Marya, its simple and easy to do and you don't need any special equipment either.

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  2. I haven't sprouted beans for ages! SO good though!

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  3. Interesting post, I've also not sprouted anything before but I might give it a try after reading this.
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  4. I havne't sprouted mung beans for ages. so good!

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  5. I have always wanted to know about sprouting! thanks for the great post! Love sprouts on my sandwiches!

    -Tara
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    1. They are so simple to do and very healthy.I steam them and add to soups etc they are great, you can eat them raw also.

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  6. I've tried these before, what do they taste like?

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    Corinne x
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  7. This is such a great post on sprouting Mung beans. I always buy them already as bean sprouts and I never knew how interesting it is to do them yourself. good luck on UBC challenge!

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  8. Thanks for sharing this idea. I'd never heard of mung beans or of sprouting, but it sound slike a very good way to make your beans extra healthy.

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  9. Thansk for sharing this. I'd never heard of mung beans or of sprouting, but it sound slike a great way to add some extra healthiness to your beans.

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  10. I love beans but have never thought of doing anything like this before. Will have to give it a try!

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    1. Hope you do its a great way and the sprouts are great added to salads.

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  11. Ohh wow this is very interesting .x

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  12. This is so interesting . I have never known what to do with Mung Beans . Thanks x

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    1. Wendy you can sprout any bean, its very healthy.

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  13. I haven't done this for years. I really should try and get back into it, sprouts are so full of nutrition and there are so many different seeds to try.

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    1. Definitely and they have great health benefits.

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  14. I've never tried them before but I would give them a go!

    Helen x www.allthebeautifulthings.co.uk

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  15. this looks like a nutritious and delicious way to pack out a salad!

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    1. Louise its great to use in stir fries too.

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  16. I have never tried mung beans, didn't even know they could sprout! x

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  17. NEVER TRIED THIS BEFORE, YOURE WAKING ME UP TO SO MANY NEW THING HAHA X

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    1. Chloe, I hope that you try to sprout your own.

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  18. I'm sure I sprouted some things as a child - can't for the life of me remember what now though. x

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  19. Delicious! Sprouting greens are so healthy and make a salad so much more tasty and interesting. Thanks for sharing your method for sprouting.

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  20. we did mung beans as an experiment for sophie so she could see them grow it was fascinating lovely pics of mung beans

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  21. Have read about this before but never tried sprouting beans. On my list to try now!

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    1. Kizzy I hope you do, once you do it you will know hoe easy it is.

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  22. Mung beans are my favourite too but I've never tried sprouting them. Will give it a go, as i throw money away buying the sprouted stuff from the shops.

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    1. Its much healthier to sprout them at home as pre washing the beans is very important if you are to eat them raw.

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  23. Never tried this so must give it a go. Thank you

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  24. Oooh these look great! I will have to try x

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    1. Kirsty I hope you do as they are really low fat and healthy.

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  25. I've never heard or tried these before, but they look like they would be yummy!

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  26. Ooh I would love to try this!! It looks great and your photos are brilliant!

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  27. I've never heard of these before, very interesting! x

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  28. I didn't realise it would be that quick Nayna.

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    1. Mung beans are fast at sprouting chickpeas and black eyed beans take a little longer. but they are so healthy and I freeze them.

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  29. I've never even heard of mung beans never knowing that they were to be sprouted! thanks! carsonsmummy.blogspot.co.uk x

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    1. Jo you can get these in any Indian grocery store.But you can sprout any bean.

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  30. I didnt realise that they sprouted that fast. What a great activity to do with kids and encourage them to eat different things

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    1. Mung beans sprout in about 24 hours , I have tried chick peas that take a little longer. We love them steamed and then added in salads. Recipe coming in my next post.

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  31. You make it sound so easy. I actually have a sprouter in the cupboard that I have never used - shame on me - I love spouted beans...

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  32. 24 hours? That's good and quick! Would these stir fry like the beansprouts I buy already?

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    1. If you want to have longer sprouts leave them to sprout longer and you will get long sprouts. I do stir fry these beans with olive oil, garlic slices and a little bit of salt and chilli flakes and finish them off with a squeeze of lemon and they taste great.

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  33. I use a lot of lentils and pulses in order to add more protein without having to eat too much meat. Might add mung beans to the list.

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  34. It never would have crossed my mind to do this! Sounds lovely though.

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  35. I have never even heard of these before, but will have to give them a go!

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  36. I've never sprouted beans before but this look tasty and fun to try! x

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  37. Thanks for this share Nayna...I love Mung bean sprouts in any form.Your post makes me want to put some away for sprouting right now :)

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  38. What a great idea - I think my children would love to have a go at growing their own mung beans. And just so good for you too!

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  39. Thank you for this, I've been meaning to start sprouting peas and beans for a while now as they are delicious. This looks like a cheaper and far preferable method to those expensive mini-greenhouses.

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  40. Thank you for this, I've been meaning to start sprouting beans and peas for a while now because they are so delicious. This looks like a preferable and cheaper method than those mini greenhouses that take up so much space in the kitchen.

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  41. Interesting, this is not something I've thought of doing before

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  42. Wow, that's very interesting. I have never tried sprouting anything but might have to give it a try now!

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  43. I prefer making at home too.. lovely clicks..

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  44. This is how i make my sprouts too..

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  45. I always have some mung beans sprouting - whether for a salad or a stir fry - I do find them the easiest to sprout and the tastiest. I do sometimes do alfalfa too but find them a bit fiddly and bitter.

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  46. Am i the only person who still hasn't tried Mung beans?!!

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