Monsoon….. It’s raining! Taste buds craving for spicy-munchy-chaat-y snacks. She is gobbling up aloo-chaat. Yummm! He is gorging on Pakoras, Batata Vadas…..slurpacious! What about me? I am just staring on these pleasing platters of the season in want of only one but no, I can’t 😦 If you also feel the same in the monsoon season, then I have one special chaat for all health conscious folks out there. It’s Moong Sprouts Chaat (Sprouted whole green gram chaat), which you can indulge in, this season without any grudges if you feel like having some chaat-y-Snacky to munch on.
Everyone knows the numerous benefits of eating sprouted moong/sprouts; protein rich; no fat; no cholesterol; higher portion of vitamins especially Vitamin C, B also; minerals (calcium &Iron); high concentration of enzymes; right portion of carbs. Sprouting provides higher concentration of enzymes that convert starch and protein already in their simpler forms. Thus sprouts become easily digestible. If you look for cutting down your extra kilos, Moong sprouts will be a perfect choice. Hence in nutshell, a bowl of moong sprouts is a complete meal in itself. If you call it Super-food then there would be no wrong in it. They are inexpensive way to give you nutrition of both vegetables and fruits together. So what are you thinking…. Grab this super-food now and include in your diet.
This time I have sprouted Moong in 2 days time. Though it started sprouting in a single day only but I wanted sprouts longer so I kept them sprouting for 2 days. I’ll be posting soon an article about “How to sprout fast”.
In moong sprouts chaat I have used some fresh condiments, very few simpler spices in milder proportions just right for dieting people and little bit of oil for cooking it half. I have kept it half cooked because munching half cooked moong sprouts taste scrummy. If you people wanting it fully cooked and wholly tender, you can cook accordingly with more water for longer duration. Other way it can also be consumed as salad with no cooking. Take all the ingredients (except cumin seeds, asafetida, turmeric, water,oil) mentioned in the list in a bowl, toss them and mix well. Eat it raw as Moong sprout salad. If you want a spicier version suiting to monsoon weather then you can spice it up in pepper powder and green chillies quantities. For health reasons use olive oil.
So for preparing Sprouted Moong chaat, have a look at the recipe(with step by step pictures):
Time Taken-For Preparation- 1 day minimum or longer (for sprouting) +5 min
For Cooking- 5-7 min
Whole green gram/Moong sprouts-1 cup (before soaking & sprouting)
Tomatoes- 2 small (chopped)
Onions- 2 small (chopped)
Ginger- ½ inch (minced)
Green chillies- 3 (chopped)
Cumin seeds- ½ tsp
Asafoetida- 1 pinch
Turmeric- ¼ tsp
Chaat Masala- 1½tsp
Black Pepper Powder- 1½ tsp (or adjusted to taste)
Salt- to taste
Olive Oil- 2 tsp
Water- ¼ tsp
Steps to follow-
- Sprout whole green gram for two days or more (min. 1 day), then do all preparation by chopping & cutting the ingredients as mentioned and take out all ingredients together at one place for convenience.
- Heat 2 tsp of oil in a deep pan; add in a pinch of asafetida along with cumin seeds. Let them splutter.
4. Throw in moong sprouts and add powdered spices i.e. turmeric, pepper, chaat masala along with salt. Give a stir to mix them well.
5. Add tomatoes and onions with ¼ cup of water. Let it cook closed only for 3-4 min (not longer, we wanted it half cooked. If you want it full cooked cook for longer until they turn tender).
- 6. Take it out, drizzle in lemon juice over it. Serve and savor.
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