Monday, November 2, 2009

Sprouted Mung bean salad

Salads when made right, can be such an invaluable resource in maintaining a healthy diet. But in addition to their health benefits, their visual appeal on any dinner table is not to be under estimated. I find myself turning to salads more and more often these days. In salads I find myself drawn to those that include some form of protein in them like this one with mung beans in it because it can be such a complete meal in itself.

Sprouted mung bean salad ~ Whole moong salad

I flavored this salad very simply with cilantro, lemon and green chilies and thought it turned out both refreshing and hearty. Try this if you want to include a colorful, flavorful and healthy salad in your diet :-)

Sprouted Mung Bean Salad ~ Moong dhal salad

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Ingredients and Method to make Cilantro flavored moong bean salad

1/2 cup mung bean (moong bean/ moong dhal/ paasi parappu) soaked in sufficient water overnight and allowed to sprout (see notes)
2 small tomatoes de-seeded and cut fine
1/2 of a large green bell pepper (capsicum ) or 1 very small one de-seeded and cut fine
1 large carrot grated
1 large cucumber skinned (or 3 to 4 small ones ) cut  fine
1 small Indian or Thai variety green chillies cut very very fine ( or according to taste)
a generous handful cilantro (coriander leaves)

salt to taste
2 tsp lemon juice (or to taste)

After soaking the moong for 8 to 10 hours, remove from water and tie in a fine muslin cloth or place in a sprout maker for another 8 to 10 hours to allow it to sprout.

Either pressure cook or stove top cook the soaked mung beans with just enough water for it to cook until soft yet firm. Once cooked keep aside the cooked mung until thoroughly cool. I prefer the stove top because it allows me more control over the cooking process and the beans retain their shape better.

In a large bowl assemble together the green bell pepper cut fine, grated carrot, diced cucumbers and mix well and keep aside.

Add cooked mung and green chili(es) to the assembled vegetables.

Also add salt to taste and lemon juice and mix well.
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Garnish with cilantro, serve immediately at room temperature, or chill for a few hours and serve this salad chilled. ( I prefer this salad slightly chilled but it tastes good even at room temperature)

Like all salads this one too tastes best fresh, but any leftover can be stored in the refrigerator for a few hours or a day at most.

Serves approximately 3 to 4

Notes:
If you do not want to wait to sprout the mung beans. Just soak for 8 to 10 hours, drain, cook until soft yet firm and continue with the rest of the recipe.

26 comments :

lata raja said...

Kind of sundal salad??? The picture is very inviting. Salads and soups have become regulars at my dinner table too. This seems perfect for those nights you want just to grab all in one but light enough :)

Madhu said...

wholesome salad.. has little bit of everthing. Looks good.

Cardamom said...

Salads are wonderful! I love to try new ones......looks really healthy!

-trupti

indosungod said...

This scores from looks on.

Anupama said...

Great idea this is... I actually have some soaked and sprouted moong in my fridge and I think I'm going to try this salad :-).

Suparna said...

colourful flavourful salad, I too include atleast some simple kinda salad everyday, ur recipe is a healthy one for sure :)

Priya said...

Healthy, filling and delicious salad Usha..

Cilantro said...

Healthy salad...love the combination with Cilantro.

Supriya said...

Hi Usha. What a healthy wonderful salad recipe. I've never tried mung salad with the ground masala...will definitely make it soon.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow.. what a healthy salad.. sounds yummy :) i am back from vacation. hope to catch you sometime in chat.

Renu said...

a good way of getting proteins.....

jayasri said...

wow, the click is good, and the salad, I too make moongbean salad, I think I have posted it (?), but not this way, this is different with little bit of everything.., mm sound good, must try..

Ramya Bala said...

healthy salad :)

Valarmathi said...

Salad looks colorful and yummy, healthy one.

sowmya.s said...

i just love salad with sprouted moong..so healthy ..i sprout moth beans too..they taste good too..

Sumi said...

Nice way to introduce sprouts in our daily diet.good one

Spice said...

Dal salads r always good & filling....With moong i like sprouted kind of salad....

aquadaze said...

In fact I prefer moong beans in salads than as curries!

Sireesha said...

Looks wholesome and supppperb Salad...

Malar Gandhi said...

Awesome click, recipe sounds interesting...healthy too, right.

Arch said...

sounds very healthy and looks great too..I love the health angle in your recipes...yuo've become my source for healthy recipes - your oat wheat dosas are a regular breakfast at my place now..

Malar Gandhi said...

Sounds both healthy and nice, thats a comforting bowl of delish food, love it.

miss v said...

nice! a refreshing change on the typical salad. i always like having creative salad recipes on hand so i don't get burnt out on the standard lettuce fare!

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

I love all things with cilantro and my partner hates it. He claims is tastes like dishwasher steam. Wonder if this might convince him otherwise.

The Print Lover said...

Yummy! I am soaking the moong right away :)

sushmita pandit said...

This salad is just yummm!!!!!!!!!! super summer salad

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