Saturday, 14 January 2012

Sprouts salad

sprouts salad

In India, sprouts salad is also a chaat and street food item. Street vendors sell it as a spicy chaat. Salad or chaat words shouldn't  deter you from eating it as a breakfast item. In fact sprouts provide you enough energy to tackle your day if you take it as a breakfast.

1 cup sprouted moong dal (green gram)
1 cup sprouted moth dal
1 potato- boiled, peeled and cubed
1 tomato- chopped
1 onion- chopped
1 cucumber- chopped
2-3 green chilies- chopped
Salt to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
½ tsp black pepper powder
moong sprouts
moth sprouts

  1. Place sprouted dals with enough water in a pressure cooker. Let 2 whistles come. When pressure drops, open the lid of cooker and take out sprouts. Make sure you put just enough water in the cooker so that all water gets absorbed.

  1. Add all the above ingredients and mix. Serve sprouts salad hot or cold.

You can also add chopped vegetables like radish, carrot to this salad to make it more nutritious.
How to make sprouts
To make sprouts, soak the dal (here, moong dal and moth dal) overnight. Next day, drain. Wet a cotton cloth and squeeze it, place soaked dal on this cloth and tie the ends. Hang this (potli) somewhere and sprinkle water on it when it is dry. Take out sprouts when you see small tails of sprouts coming out of the cloth.

Healthy Bytes- sprouts provide a healthy and cheap alternative to meat proteins. Sprouts are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. During the process of sprouting, proteins and vitamins increase manifold whereas calories and carbohydrates decrease.

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