Going Healthy with Green Moong
The humble Indian green gram, also known as the green moong or green mung beans, is one of the healthiest ingredients in each Indian kitchen. This nutrient-rich legume is extremely versatile. It can be used in salads, sabzis, soups, and many other dishes. Along with Indian cuisines, it is also used in Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisines. The reason for green gram’s popularity is simple – it is tasty and extremely healthy.
For vegetarians, green moong is an excellent source of protein. Green moong is good source of fibre as well, making it an ideal addition to your diet plan if you are looking to lose weight. It promotes weight loss by reducing hunger and making you feel full.
Choose one of these easy and healthy recipes that use green gram as the primary ingredient to add a bounty of nutrients to your diet.
Green Moong Dal Soup
This soup blends the goodness of green gram with warmth and comfort of a soup. And it is just as easy to make. Wash the green moong dal and soak it overnight. Pressure cook the dal and puree it with a blender. You can also add green chilies while making the moong puree to add some spice to the soup. Add water as required. In a pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds and hing. Add the moong dal puree along with some more water. Put salt and pepper. Let the broth boil on a slow flame for some time. Garnish with a few drops of lemon juice and coriander. This spicy and healthy green gram soup is perfect for winter evenings.
Green Moong Sprout Stir-Fry
An innovative way to incorporate green moong in your diet while retaining its health benefits is to have it as a stir-fry. Green gram in a stir-fry maintains its crunchy texture. To increase the nutrients in this dish, you can also add carrots, spring onions, capsicum, etc. while cooking it. The recipe is simple. Heat some oil in a wok or a kadhai, add some finely chopped garlic to the heated oil. Add the green moong sprouts along with the vegetables. Season with salt, freshly ground pepper and soy/soya sauce. Take this off the flame before the vegetables lose their crunchiness and serve.
Green Moong Sprout Salad
Add a desi twist to sprouted green gram by turning it into a chaat-salad. This bean is already a part of the street food family as an ingredient in many dishes. Make it the star of your dish is using it as the main ingredient in a salad with flavors that will remind you of chowpatty. To make this dish, finely chop onions, tomatoes and boiled potatoes. Add this to a bowl along with boiled green gram sprouts. Add salt, lemon juice, chaat masala and a pinch of cumin powder. Toss it well. You can also use Tata Rock Salt to enhance the taste further. This perfect fusion of health and taste can be a complete meal or a side dish.
Excited to try green moong dishes? Make sure you choose the pure and unpolished green moong from Tata Sampann to enjoy all its nutritional benefits.
This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah
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