Mung bean sprouts or green gram sprouts – A complete step by step photo guide on how to sprout mung beans or green gram at home. Sprouting mung beans at home is economical, hygienic and definitely comes with an added benefit of freshness . Most sprouts sold are chemically treated and they come with a risk of contamination too, homegrown sprouts are chemically free with zero risk of contamination if sprouted carefully.
Mung bean also known as green gram or moong bean are called as pesalu in telugu, hesarukalu in kannada, pasi payaru in tamil and mung sabut in hindi. It is a legume that is commonly used in the Asian countries.
Green gram are high in protein, fiber and have a low glycemic index, the factor that is used to measure the sugar spikes in our body. To keep the sugar levels under control, one should prefer to include low gi foods in their diet.
Green gram or mung bean & their sprouts are diabetic-friendly.
The benefits of consuming them are endless, they have high soluble fiber that aids in better digestion, hence are also included in the detox diets like this mung bean detox soup, that helps to reduce excess weight and clears toxins from the body.
The nutrients in the mung beans get enhanced when they are sprouted and are considered to be one of the best food for folks of all age groups including kids.
Mung bean sprouts or Green gram sprouts recipe
Mung bean sprouts | How to make sprouts | Green gram sprouts
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
- ½ cup mung beans / green gram / pesalu
- water hot , as needed
How to make the recipe
How to make mung bean sprouts
- Clean the green gram and wash in lot of water. Finally rinse off with hot water.
- Soak in boiled and cooled water or in warm water that has been boiled.
- Next soak for about 8 to10 hours . If soaking for longer than 8 hours, change the water.
- Drain them in a colander and transfer to a clean cotton or muslin cloth and make a tight knot. You can also just transfer them to a glass jar.
- Keep it in a container and cover with a messed plate or partially cover the container. You can also use a cloth.
- Leave it undisturbed in a warm and dark place till they sprout. The time to sprout depends on the temperature. Some mung beans sprout within hours and some take as much as a day or two.
- If they take longer than a day, Sprinkle some water the next day to keep them moist. Drain any excess water. Put them back to the container.
- Refrigerate the mung bean sprouts and use with in 2 days.
How to make mung bean sprouts
1. Clean the green gram or mung beans, discard stones and debris.
2. Rub and wash them in lot of water until the water runs clear. A final rinse in hot water. (why hot water? continue reading to know)
3. Soak them in lot of boiled and cooled or warm water for at least 8 hours. Some variety need even a longer soak. The skin on the bean must be broken, that is the right time to begin sprouting them. Sometimes you might even see them begin to sprout on their own, while still soaking.
4. Wash them in clean water and drain in a colander.
Methods of making mung bean sprouts
5. There are two methods of making sprouts,
a. Transfer all the drained beans to a container and cover and set aside, they sprout on their own. Rinse them and drain if they don’t sprout in a day. Back to the jar and cover, set aside.
b. Wash and squeeze off excess water from a clean muslin or thin cotton cloth. Spread it and pour the soaked mung beans.
6. Bring together all the edges, roll tightly and make a knot. Rolling tightly yield me tasty sprouts, don’t know if iam right.
7. Place it in a container
8. Cover it with a messed plate or cover it partially. I use my electric rice cooker plate. I do this to keep the cloth moist and yet circulate air to the beans so that they don’t develop an odour. I place the container in a warm and dark place.
9. Depending on the weather conditions, they sprout. When I did this for the blog post, they sprouted in just 3 hours. They can even take a day to sprout well.
If the climate is too hot, and the cloth dries up, I just sprinkle some water on the cloth to keep the beans moist (with no dripping water else they begin to rot).
Storage: Sprouted mung beans stay fresh for 1-2 days in refrigerator. It is good to consume them fresh.
Why don’t green gram sprout?
Certain variety of the mung beans don’t sprout, they are typically too hard and can be identified when nibbled. These are usually sold in the local farmers markets.
They don’t sprout either because they are too old (harvested years ago) or just a few days old directly dried from the harvest and marketed.
These tips can help folks having difficulty digesting sprouts or having a stomach upset or diarrhea after eating green gram sprouts.
If you desire to have the sprouts raw, green gram should always be washed thoroughly in hot water and then soaked in boiled and cooled water. Not in tap water. Often sprouts get contaminated due to the water the beans are soaked in.
Beans that take days to sprout (more than a day) tend to grow microorganisms in them, leading to indigestion and bloating . Such sprouts always need to be cooked before serving.