Boon to health
Have moong sprouts every day in the form of a snacky chaat, or cook them with a lot of herbs and spices to make it even more delicious. Either way,...
Have moong sprouts every day in the form of a snacky chaat, or cook them with a lot of herbs and spices to make it even more delicious. Either way, you'll be giving your body the boon of health. This is a regular staple in our diets, and our mother/grandmothers always told us how healthy it was and insisted that we took one more serving. Well, it's time to realise that they weren't wrong. It is one of the most easily digested form of vegetable protein. It light easy and does not create flatulence . Extremely healthy, these moong beans have immense health benefits that are compounded when sprouted. In fact, there is only a minimal trace of vitamin C in the moong bean � which is abundant in its sprouts! This holds true for other vitamins, such as vitamins A, B and E as well. Moong sprouts contain folic acid. This is a type of vitamin B and it helps promote normal cell growth as well as protein metabolism, in addition to RBC formation and overall healing processes. Folic acid works in tandem with another vitamin B, thiamine. This vitamin is crucial in guaranteeing a smoothly functioning nervous system. Thiamine also aids a steady release of carbohydrates, a process which provides more energy for a longer period of time, rather than a coffee or a sugar rush. Moong beans are also high in fibre, low in fat, low in sodium, and contain no cholesterol. Because of the wide range of nutrients contained in moong beans, they offer a whole host of health benefits for the immune system, the metabolism, the heart and other organs, cell growth, protection against free radicals, and diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Moong beans also contain lots of minerals, including magnesium, copper, and zinc. The magnesium content in the moong beans aids in the relaxation of the veins and arteries, thus boosting the oxygen and blood flow in the body. The presence of copper in moong not only aids in iron absorption, but also helps in protein metabolism, which is why moong is considered a good food when one needs more protein. Zinc is popularly known for boosting immunity as well as male fertility, as well as the body's building and healing, including tissue repair. Do note, however, that sprouting the moong beans increases its benefits by tenfold! Have them every day in the form of a snacky chaat, or cook them with a lot of herbs and spices to make it even more delicious. Either way, you'll be giving your body the boon of health with moong. GREEN MOONG DAL SANDWICH ( Good source of protein and fiber) Green moong dal 150 gms Cucumber 1 Tomato 1 Asafoetida (hing) to taste Green chutney Rock Salt to taste Chat masala to taste Paste 1 inch piece of Ginger 50 gms Green chilies Green Chutney 1small bunch coriander 15-20 mint leaves 2-3 green chillies 3 cloves garlic Tamarind size of half a lemon Rock salt to taste Method: Grind ginger and green chilies in a blender. If required add a little water to make a smooth paste. For the green chutney, blend all the ingredients in a blender to make a course paste. Add water if required. Soak the moong dal for 5-6 hours. Then blend dal with the paste, Asafoetida and salt in a blender dal to make a smooth batter . Do not add water. In the equity toaster, put a spoon of the moong dal batter and spread it to cover the base of the toaster. Decorate with cucumber and tomato slices. Cover the slices with the moong dal batter. Serve hot with green chutney (The writer is a Mumbai based nutritionist, obesity and health consultant)