Sprouted Green Gram/Cherupayar Thoran
Sprouts are considered as wonder foods. They rank as the freshest and most nutritious of all vegetables available to the human diet. By a process of natural transmutation, sprouted food acquires vastly improved digestibility and nutritional qualities when compared to non-sprouted embryo from which it derives.
Sprouted moong beans, for instance, have a 8.3 increase of water content over dried beans. Hence the nutritional value of sprouted and dried mung beans can be compared by multiplying the analysed nutrients of sprouted mung beans by the factor of 8.3.IK,J.
Sprouts are an extremely inexpensive method of obtaining a concentration of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. They have in them all the constituent nutrients of fruits and vegetables and are ‘live’ foods. Eating sprouts is the safest and best way of getting the advantage of both fruits and vegetables without contamination and harmful insecticides.
Did that sound a lecture??? Sorry..I couldn’t resist because such is the goodness of having sprouts.Here is a quick and simple recipe for sprouted moong dal thoran.
Professional soaking calls for 48-72 hrs of soaking..Sorry,I soak only 24 hrs or so.WHY?Well,I dn’t know..Maybe bcoz I forget to soak it earlier,or because I feel temped to eat it when the sprouts are beautiful..Whatever,Soak the gram in water for an overnight.In the morning,drain out the water and keep the gram in a cool place(just means keep it away from window side..Thatz it) .You can use it either for dinner time or keep in refrigerated the following night and cook next day..
Sprouted green gram- 2 cup
Turmeric Powder-1/4 tspn
Green chilies-3-5 nos
Grated coconut-1/2 cup or more
Fennel seeds-1/2 tspn
Cook sprouts adding salt and turmeric powder.PLS DN’T PRESSURE COOK,unless you need a dal payasam..Sprouts get cooked very fast.In another heated pan,splutter mustard seeds,add fennel seeds,curry leaves,onion slices and green chillies(add as in ordering .When onion gets slightly browned,remove from heat.When sprouts are half cooked,add the sauted ingredients.Add grated coconut and cook till done.
The more you add coconut,the more it tastes good.
You can add thinly sliced garlic,along with sauted ingredients ,if you prefer.