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How to Make Moong (Green Gram) and Kale Chane (Black Gram) Sprouts

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How to make healthy black gram(kale chane) sprouts

How to make healthy black gram(kale chane) sprouts

Nutritious green gram sprouts (Hari moong sprouts)

Nutritious green gram sprouts (Hari moong sprouts)

How to Make Hari Moong and Kala Chana Sprouts

Sprouting is the process of germinating seeds, beans, and even whole cereals (such as wheat). These sprouts can be consumed, either raw, or cooked, preferably raw in a salad, or sandwich.

The health experts have time and again recommended sprouts for their health benefits. It is said to contain high fibre, vitamins, protein, and minerals, which have a very positive impact on our metabolic activities. It is especially recommended to those who want to reduce weight and prefer a low-calorie diet. Since it is consumed mostly raw, cleanliness is very important.

You can make healthy sprouts at home. It is highly recommended by nutritionists to include sprouts in our daily diet, especially at breakfast. Though easily available in stores and markets, it is a good and healthy idea to make them yourself at home. Let me show you how.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Take 2 cups of green gram (or hari moong in Hindi), and 2 cups of black gram (or kale chane in Hindi) separately.
  2. Wash them thoroughly, 3 to 4 times in clean water, to remove dust or any other unwanted ingredient from them.
  3. Soak and cover them in clean water, and leave them overnight. The container, in which you soak the pulses should also be cleaned properly.
  4. Next morning, you will find the pulses have swollen up.
  5. Take two pieces of clean muslin cloth, and soak in clean water. Squeeze excess water. Spread and transfer the swollen grams separately, on to the cloth, and tie them.
  6. Keep in a container at room temperature, and cover with a lid. The container should be such that water does not stagnate at the bottom. The muslin cloth should remain damp. If it dries up, sprinkle some water to make it damp again.
  7. The sprouts start coming within 5 to 6 hours. If you want longer sprouts, keep for a longer time. In the warm season, the sprouts come faster, as compared to the cold season.
  8. Once germinated, the sprouts can be preserved in a container, in the refrigerator. They can last for 4 to 5 days comfortably.

Photo Guide: Black Gram Sprouts

Step 1: Wash and clean the black gram

Step 1: Wash and clean the black gram

Step 2: Soak the black gram overnight in clean water

Step 2: Soak the black gram overnight in clean water

Step 3: Cover the black gram in muslin cloth to sprout

Step 3: Cover the black gram in muslin cloth to sprout

Step 4: The nutritious black gram sprouts is ready to be consumed

Step 4: The nutritious black gram sprouts is ready to be consumed

Benefits of eating sprouts, source: YouTube

Health Benefits

  • According to nutritionists and health experts, the sprouts are a powerful source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc., needed to prevent cell damage by the body.
  • Raw foods contain ample amounts of oxygen, which is valuable for our bodies.
  • It is essential to include roughage in our daily diet, and the sprouts are a good source.
  • The sprouts also have a good amount of B group of vitamins and vitamin C.
  • It is also helpful to women, with the onset of menopause, as it eases symptoms like hot flashes.

Important Safety Guidelines

  • The pulses must be washed carefully because they are mostly consumed in raw form. Any toxins or dust should be washed away completely. That is why making sprouts at home is safe, as compared to buying from the stores, because you can take all the care, which may not be possible, where large scale germination process is done.
  • The water used for soaking, etc., should be clean because it enters the grams.
  • Some people are unable to digest raw food. So, you can steam or boil it lightly. Having a bowl of sprouted green or black gram with breakfast keeps you active throughout the day. It can also be served as an evening snack.
Delicious Green gram, black gram snack recipe ( moong , Chana sprouts chaat recipe) . Add chopped onion, tomatoes, green coriander and lime juice to make it yummy and nutritious

Delicious Green gram, black gram snack recipe ( moong , Chana sprouts chaat recipe) . Add chopped onion, tomatoes, green coriander and lime juice to make it yummy and nutritious

5 Easy and Nutritious Sprout Recipe Suggestions

1. Raw Sprout Chaat

Mix a handful of green gram (moong), black gram (chana), or other sprouts along with finely chopped, onion, tomato, finely cut green coriander leaves, a pinch of salt and few drops of lime juice. Toss it and enjoy a healthy snack in the morning. You can add finely cut green chillies, if you like it hot.

2. Boiled Sprout Chaat

You may boil the green gram and black gram sprouts, if you do not like them raw. But boil only till they are tender. Do not over boil as it will destroy its nutrients. Add finely cut onion, tomato, cucumber, green chilly and green coriander.

3. Sprout Soup

Take one cup of green gram sprouts, two cups water, a pinch of salt and half teaspoon finely grated ginger. Cook for five minutes, on medium heat in a heavy-bottomed pan. Let it cool a little. Mash it with the back of a spoon or blend lightly with a hand blender. Heat it again for a few moments and serve warm. You may add pepper powder and butter, if you desire.

4. Sprout Cutlets

You can grind sprouts into a paste. Add finely cut onion, garlic, ginger, green chillies, few drops lemon juice, salt to taste. Flatten into a round shape on your palm and shallow fry them in a flat pan on medium heat. If you don't want to fry, you can also grill them in the oven. Serve hot.

5. Stuffed Sprout Paratha

Boil some sprouts, until they are tender. Grind them in a food processor. Mix some salt, grated ginger, one teaspoonful aniseed and finely chopped green coriander leaves. Knead some soft whole wheat dough. Divide them into small balls. Fill in one teaspoonful of the sprouts mixture and carefully seal the edges. Flatten on your palm and then carefully roll them onto a rolling board. Cook on both sides on a medium-hot flat pan. Apply butter if you like. Serve hot.

Use your imagination to create many, more nutritious recipes with your own homemade sprouts.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: I soaked the Chana for making the sprouts but it resulted in a bad smell and became sticky. What did I do wrong?

Answer: Maybe you had soaked the Chana, more than the required time. Once the Chana or the other pulses absorb the water and swell, you should sieve the water away. If the water remains longer than that time, it might give a bad smell and become sticky.

After removing the water by the process of sieving, you can cover them (as explained in the article) for germination or sprouting process. Once the sprouts grow, you should store them in the refrigerator.

Question: My Chana sprouts have turned black after a few days, is it still healthy to eat them?

Answer: To answer your question about Chana sprouts turning black; it depends on how you are storing it. After the sprouts have grown, I keep them in the refrigerator, in a suitable box, with a lid. It helps to retain the moisture. This can last for more than a week, after which, the same process of sprouting can be repeated, as mentioned above.

If kept at room temperature, the sprouts may turn black, although I haven’t seen this happening because I store them in the refrigerator after the sprouts have grown. Turning black may not be unhealthy, but the taste may not be as good as fresh.

I would suggest you store the sprouts in the refrigerator, once the sprouts have grown.

Question: Can I eat black gram sprouts and mung sprouts together?

Answer: Yes, of course, you can. I generally combine them together in a bowl, for my breakfast. You can checkout the combined sprouts recipes, in the article.

Question: I tried to make black channa sprouts, but they are only sprouts and are not fully grown sprouts. How can I ensure my channa sprouts become fully grown?

Answer: Once the sprouts have come out, it can grow even longer, if you keep the same warm temperature and other conditions, for some more time. Sprouts grow faster, in warmer days, as compared to colder days. In the winter season, it may take a little longer to grow sprouts. In the Summer season, they grow very fast.

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Do you make sprouts at home? Please share in the comments section.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 27, 2019:

Yes, it’s good and nutritious to have soaked Chana or boiled chana, ( in case you like it that way), every morning or even during the day, as a snack.

Thanks Ronak, for reading and commenting.

Ronak on April 26, 2019:

Is it good to have soak chana or boiled chana everyday morning ?

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 01, 2017:

Thanks Dianna for such a generous comment!

I am so glad you liked the article.

Always appreciate your kind visit and positive feedback!

Dianna Mendez on October 01, 2017:

You certainly know how to draw people in with your recipe ideas. I would love to sample your cooking! I guess I need to include more sprouts in my diet.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 08, 2017:

Thank you Ravikant Ji for reading and commenting on this article!

Glad you found it useful.

Generally one portion / one bowl of sprouts is good in a day preferably in breakfast.

Thanks again!

Ravikant Shukla on August 06, 2017:

Hi Chitrangada Ma'am,

This is the good & healthy breakfast/Snacks for all, specially young generation. I am take sprouts in my snacks which make little heavy and I can easily have salad in my dinner. Thanks good information all around and yes Love the recipe too ;) ....

Only have one concern how much grams of spouts we should take in a day ?

Thanks

Ravikant

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 08, 2017:

Thank You so much Samar Das for reading and commenting on this article!

Glad to know that you liked it!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 23, 2017:

Hi PaulMoz!

Thanks for stopping by! For me that's a new way of consuming sprouts. Thanks for your suggestions!

PaulMoz on February 22, 2017:

Hi, I like to sprout the chala chana, and I now use method of first soak the desi for 12-24 hr, and then put in growing trays using moist coir mixed with spent coffee grounds, and then grow the desi for 10 days, at which point there is a large root, a stem and leaves. I understand this is delicacy in India. For harvest, I shake out the coir by pulling roots apart, and then store in fridge. Later, I wash in water, to get the rest of coir out, chop up. All of the stem leaf pea and root, I chop and cook with tomato sauce spices and water. Have you heard anyone doing this?

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 13, 2016:

Thank you Prasanta for your kind comments!

Glad the article is helpful to you. Appreciate you for stopping by and your positive feedback !

Thank you!

prasanta, Doha QATAR on October 13, 2016:

you have written a most effective articles... that is my every day breakfast..

your articles help me a lot.

hope you are doing well.

Thanks for beautiful job.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 09, 2016:

Thanks PegCole for your kind visit and comments!

I am pleased to know that you liked the hub and the recipes. Sprouts are a regular in my home and I never miss them in breakfast.

Thank you and I hope you enjoy the rolls when you make them.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 08, 2016:

Beautiful, colorful photos and I loved the explanation of the stuffed sprouts in the wheat dough paratha rolls. Sounds delicious! I will have to get into starting sprouts again using your method. Thanks so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 20, 2016:

Thank you beta @Aditya!

Aditya on March 20, 2016:

Very informative !

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 04, 2014:

Hi chandrakala!

Thanks for your visit! I am sorry, I could not understand your question.

If you are saying that due to cold you are not able to grow sprouts. Well the answer is that you can grow sprouts in the casseroles. I have mentioned the procedure above.

Thanks!

chandrakala on September 03, 2014:

Is it cold to have green gram sprouted, as i get fre quently get cold during winter.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 25, 2014:

Thank you colorfulone, for reading this hub and commenting!

Its always better to do our own sprouting. Thanks and take care!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on August 22, 2014:

I love sprouts, and have thought about doing some sprouting. Really, I should just give it a go and enjoy healthy salads and sandwiches.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 12, 2014:

Thanks bhawna mishra, for your visit and positive comments!

bhawna mishra on May 11, 2014:

Thanks for giving these useful tips

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 01, 2014:

Thanks chandrashekhar p m, for your visit and positive feedback!

Yes you can sprout other whole grains and whole pulses too by the above mentioned method. I have sprouted wheat, Rajma and Kabuli chana by this method. Methi can also be sprouted, though I have not tried groundnut.

Thanks and have a good day!

chandrashekar p m.mysore on February 01, 2014:

Thanks for this valuable health tips. I want to know the all the other grains or grams which can be used as raw sprouts.Can we use little quantity of sprouted methy and groundnut.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 11, 2013:

Hi Aliyaah!

Thanks for visiting this hub and your appreciation! I am glad that you found the tips helpful to you.

Wish you all the best in you efforts to eat healthy food and live a healthy life.

Thanks and have a good day!

Aliyaah on September 10, 2013:

thanks for sharing such wonderful tips..I have jus started dieting with fruits and kala chana..nw will continue with sprouts..thanks a ton

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 04, 2013:

Hi Pooja!

Thanks for your visit. An 8 month old baby is too young and their digestive system is not that developed. If at all you want to give sprouted gram to the baby, it should be boiled, just as you will in a Khichdi or broth. And such small kids must be given food in small quantity first and see whether it suits them or not.

It is advisable to consult the paediatrician for further details.

Thanks!

pooja on September 04, 2013:

Can sprouted green gram be given to 8month old

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 17, 2013:

Thanks Thelma Alberts, for visiting this hub and your kind comments!

Its good to grow the sprouts at home.

Thanks for voting up and sharing!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on August 16, 2013:

I love eating sprouts and I have not made these sprouts for ages as I could buy this now in our Asian shop. Thanks for sharing this very informative and useful hub. Voted up and shared.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 31, 2013:

Thanks tasneem, for your visit and comments!

tasneem on July 30, 2013:

Thank u so much fr elaborated procedure.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 15, 2013:

Thanks rumanasaiyed, for visiting and your comments. Your way of taking sprouts is equally nice and healthy. Thanks.

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on January 14, 2013:

I like sprouts very much. I usually have it by frying it with little bit of oil and adding some spices in it. Thanks Chitrangadasharn for sharing it with us...

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 03, 2013:

Thanks DDE, for your appreciative comments.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 03, 2013:

Awesome an great idea and thanks for enlightening me on this Hub

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 17, 2012:

Thanks Vellur for your support. Yes, you are right, sprouted grams are indeed very good for health. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 16, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this useful hub, Sprouted grams are great for health.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 16, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this useful hub, Sprouted grams are great for health.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 01, 2012:

Thanks rajan jolly, for your visit and support. I am glad you found it useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 01, 2012:

Useful tips to easily make sprouts at home. I love sprouts and these two are my favorites.

Voted up, useful.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 08, 2012:

Hi shampa!

Thanks for stopping by and all those nice words of appreciation. Thank you so much for sharing it .

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 08, 2012:

Hi anupma, great to hear from you.

Even I take sprouts daily in my breakfast. I am pleased that you found this hub useful and interesting.

Dr Anupma Srivastava from India on October 07, 2012:

Sprout is really useful for good health. It is nutritious. I take it in my breakfast. Thanks for sharing it.

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 07, 2012:

Hi ausmedus!

Thanks for for visit and valuable comments. I am pleased you found it to be helpful.

Shampa Sadhya from NEW DELHI, INDIA on October 07, 2012:

Voted up and useful!

A hub with full of important tips or rather I must say healthy tips to remain healthy. You've highlighted all the important points very specifically. It is a very neat work by you. Sharing and pinning!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 07, 2012:

Thanks Brett. Tesol, for your valuable feedback. You are right, these are more popular in Asia. In soups also, they taste great and are nutritious too. Have a great day!

Sallie Smith from Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines on October 07, 2012:

Very helpful HUB, Thank you so much.............:)

Brett C from Asia on October 07, 2012:

Good advice. To be honest, I hadn't really had these until Asia. However, although they are best raw, I really like them in soups ... they just add a little interest.

Shared, up and useful.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 30, 2012:

Hi MarleneB!

I am pleased that this hub is useful to you. Thanks for appreciation and your kind visit.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 29, 2012:

This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time, but didn't know the best way to do it. Thank you for these easy-to-follow instructions. The photos are most helpful, too.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 29, 2012:

Thanks Marsei, for stopping by and commenting. I am glad you found it interesting.

Sue Pratt from New Orleans on September 29, 2012:

This is interesting. I'm going to try it.

Thanks.

marsei