Thursday, April 14, 2011

Microwave Low Fat Crunchy Mung Bean Snack with no oil :-)

What can be better than a crunchy savory or spicy snack that you can dig into while watching movies, or tv or even at tea time?  The answer to that has to be a crunchy savory snack that is also guilt free, has no oil and is actually healthy. Crunchy snacks, as I have mentioned before, are a weakness of mine. So anytime I get to make something that is crunchy and guilt free, I am happy :-)

The story behind this snack?  I got the idea for this snack from my father in law, he saw something like this being made on a television show and mentioned it to me when we spoke the other day. The second he mentioned that it was made without a drop of oil, I was hooked. I knew that I would be making this asap and I did :-)  This snack was quick, crunchy and tasty. And my favorite part is that it is almost effortless, just soak, drain and cook in the microwave and you have a healthy,  tasty snack.....So if you are wondering what to make for your weekend movie night, maybe you might want to consider this mung bean snack :-)


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 Low fat Crunchy mung bean snack

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Ingredients and Method to make Mung bean snack
1 cup split mung bean lentil without skin ( mung dhal)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (optional)
1/2 tsp red chili powder (or to taste) (can be substituted with cayenne )
salt to taste
pinch of asafoetida powder (hing/perungayam) (optional)

Soak split mung bean lentil for 6 to 8 hours in sufficient water. Drain thoroughly.

In a microwave safe bowl, mix together drained mung lentil and all the spices. Place in a microwave and microwave on high heat for18 minutes in 3 minute increments. Keep the bowl uncovered the entire time and make sure to remove and break down lumps if any and stir to get more even cooking every 3 minutes. Also in the last few minutes keep an eye to see that it does not over crisp or burn, remove frequently to check on it in the last few minutes.
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When lentil is crunchy, then it is done , remove, cool to room temperature and store in an air tight container.
Enjoy with tea/ coffee or as an anytime, movie time or teevee time snack :-)

Because of varying wattage in each microwave, cooking times will vary in different microwaves. Also if you use a slightly larger or smaller dish, it will also impact the cooking times. So please use the times given in this recipe only as a guide. It may take a little lesser or more time to cook depending on your microwave and your dish.

This snack is off to the Microwave Easy cooking event- Lunch box menu being hosted by Lataji, originally started by Srivalli

This snack is also off to the MLLA-34 event being hosted by Jaya originally started by Susan.
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