The mung bean also known as moong bean, monggo, green gram, or mung is from the legume family and is mainly cultivated in Asian countries is a high source of protein, fiber, iron, and antioxidants. The best way to consume mung beans is to sprout them. Sprouting or germination is thought to improve the nutritional value of the beans and also make it easier to digest. Also, a cup of sprouted mung beans has much fewer calories.
Mung beans can be added to soups, salads, stir-fries, pancakes, etc. Many people eat sprouted mung beans or soaked mung beans raw. I cook mine a little so that they are a little soft. When I do sprout mung beans I make a batch and store it in the freezer, and add it to my soups, salads, pancakes, Indo Chinese dishes like fried rice, to add some crunch and nutrition to the dish.
I also do make savory pancakes out of this. If you like check out my recipe for Mix Lentils and Beans Chila/Dosa/Pancake.I love to make this Tofu and Sprouted Moong Buddha Bowl, using sprouted moong beans.
So how to sprout mung beans at home without a sprout or any other special device? I just use a large clean muslin cloth and that’s it. It takes around 2-4 days depending on the area you stay and how hot it is.
I have started my sprouting of mung beans yesterday i.e. 1st May 2018. I generally start in the evening or in night so that they are soaked overnight for at least 12 hours.
If you want to start with me do grab some mung beans and follow the instructions below. I would be happy to see some pictures of how successful you were. I will post daily updates on how the mung beans progress. So keep watching this space every day.
Day 1 – 2nd May 2018.
- Wash the Mung beans in clean tap water, 3-4 times.
- This is an optional step. I slightly warm my water as I live in a cold country and the tap water is really cold. Also it helps the mung beans to soak nicely. The water should be just luke warm.
- Soak the Mung beans in 3-4 cups of water. We need to have enough water so that the mung beans soak nicely. They soak water, so have sufficient water.
That’s it, we are done for Day1.
So pick up the mung beans, a muslin cloth and start with me. Keep watching this space for the progress.
Day 2- 3rd May 2018
Good Morning Friends. So after approximately 12 hours, or soaking overnight, they must have soaked enough water and swelled up. Check the pics in Day 1 an Day 2 you will notice the difference. Check the mung beans have all being soaked properly. You can do this with your spoon or hand. Just check by turning them or taking a few in your hands from top and bottom of the vessel. A few might not swell that is fine. If required or if you feel some have not soaked let them soak for 2-3 hours more. Sometimes it happens that we add less water and whatever is added is all soaked up. In that case add some more water and let it soak for 2-3 hours more.
You might see the water slightly discoloured as seen below. Do not worry its not gone bad. It’s a natural process. We are going to discard it and clean the mung beans again.
Take a piece of muslin cloth. If you do not have take a light cotton cloth. Keep a strainer or colander below. Lay down the muslin cloth on top of it. Now add the mung beans. The water will be drained. Now wash the mung beans thoroughly in clean tap water.
Once washed grab the edges of the cloth and give it a twist on the top to loosely close it like forming a potli or a parcel.
Keep it aside as shown above in clean dry place. That’s it, you are done for Day 2.
Day 2 – After 7-8 hours
I just checked this after 8 hours just to take a picture. I generally do not open it before next day. So as you can see there are some sprouts coming up.
Day 3 – 4th May 2018
If required check out your mung sprouts, depending on your weather some might have grown more or less. Mine is a bit more not very much. Will post pic of Day 4 tomorrow.
Day 4 – 5 the May 2018
Wow look at those beauties, does it not look great. I simply love to see my sprouts coming up so nicely.
I will now keep it a little more may be 12 hours or max 1 day. Will post updates.
Day 4 – 5 the May 2018
After another 10 hours the sprouts have grown more. I will now use some and store to remaining in freezer to add in soups, rice, noodles, pancakes etc. To store in freezer simply keep the sprouts in a clean and dry zip lock. Seal it properly and store in freezer. They stay good for 2-3 months. It might stay fresh more but I never kept it.
Happy Sprout Making
Let me know if you have questions in the comments below or you can even post your updates in comments below, will be happy to see the progress. Thank You for stopping by.
Some Recipes of Mung Sprouts on my blog:
Cabbage and Mung sprout soup
Mix Lentils and Beans Chila/Dosa/Pancake
Mung Sprouts & Methi Chila (PanCake), with Cabbage & Paneer Stuffing
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