This is so easy, inexpensive and healthy for you. You have to try!
What are mung beans?:
They are small green legumes grown for thousands of years in Asia (China, India…). They look like lentils, have a sweet nutty flavor. They can be eaten cooked or as sprouts which is what you will learn today. Sprouts are excellent in salads or any cooked thai/indian style dishes.
What are their nutritive values?
They are an excellent source of dietary fiber, plant protein, complex carbohydrates and iron, and are packed with vitamins A, C and minerals.
They are also low in calories, fat and sodium, and are cholesterol free.
They are known to be good for your eyes, your heart, help digestion, boost your brain, have anti-aging properties and help you hydrate!
How to sprout them?
First buy a bag of mung beans. We like the ones by Bob’s Red Mill but you can probably find them in any Asian store.
1 cup of dry mung beans can make 2 or more cup of sprouts.
You can keep the sprouts in the fridge for 7-10 days.
So I would suggest start with 1 cup and see how you like it.
– Rinse and drain 1 cup mung beans and pour in a glass jar.
– Cover with filtered water, up to 2 inches above the beans. You can cover the jar with a thin cloth or not.
– 12 hours later: You will notice that the water has absorbed a lot. Drain and rinse the beans until the water is clear
and put back in the jar with filtered water
12 hours later, you will notice that little sprouts are already out!
Repeat the cleaning/rinsing process and put back in the jar every 8-12 hours. This time you do not need to pour water in the jar. Just leave the cleaned sprouts in a place with no direct light
Your sprouts should be ready. You can either leave them to grow more or start eating them. Leave in the fridge in a sealed bag or container