Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Moong Sprout snacks!

One of the simplest snacks or breakfast items is moong sprouts.If you want it to eat it as breakfast just add a teaspoon of fresh raw honey in the sprouts and eat it complimenting with a whole fresh fruit.It becomes a wholesome and hearty breakfast.Particularly I do not like to start my day with spicy food so this turns out to be my favorite breakfast.Hate cereals because they have more harmful effects than health benefits .Anyway without digressing let us talk about sprouts especially moong sprouts.In the sprouted moong, the overall energy decreases by 15% but the protein availability increases by a whopping 30%. The carbohydrate molecules during sprouting are broken down and these, when they react with nitrogen, go to form amino-acids which, in turn, give rise to easily digestible proteins.Sprouts are considered an excellent and inexpensive substitute for expensive fruits since both are rich in fiber and vitamins. Sprouts are also a rich source of assimilable minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. In moong sprouts, the availability of calcium increases by 34%, potassium by 80%, iron by 40% and phosphorus by 56%. This is attributable to the release of minerals from protein complexes and decrease in the level of phytates during sprouting.

People think that sprouts are very boring and monotonous to eat.Actually that is not true at all.A non complex food like sprouts can be turned into such a tasty treat with very little time and effort that it is very hard to fathom.And the best part is low calorie , rich in nutrients and yet tasty.What else can you want from a food item.My goal has always been to eat cheap and healthy.Here is my recipe to make a tasty snacks with moong sprouts.

Here's what you are going to need:-

* 1 cup of moong sprout
* 2 cups of puffed rice
* salt to taste
* 1 teaspoon of mustard oil
* 2 teaspoon of lime/lemon juice
* one green chill finely chopped.
* some thinly chopped raw onion.

There is hardly any steps here.Still to make it simple and readable I have divided this recipe into as simple as two steps.

1) Except puffed rice mix every thing else in a big bowl.Stir it properly.

2) Just before serving add puffed rice ,mix again and serve.If you mix puffed rice ahead of time they turn soggy and non non appetizing.

This really tickles your tongue.This recipe can be made with any kind of sprout such as kala chana sprout.However it tastes the best with moong sprout.Kids can eat this easily with lots of relish,just exclude the green chili .A very good way to incorporate sprouts in their meal.My 2 year old daughter can devour one bowl in just a blink of my eyes .

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