Sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C. Yes that's right, Vitamin C. The sprouting process increase the vitamin content of the lentils,or legumes. Not bad right, specially when its actually really easy to make sprouts at home.
I used Green moong dal and black chana,to make sprouts. Soak the lentils overnight. The next morning, tie them in a wet muslin cloth or paper towel. Just make sure the muslin cloth/paper towel,is moist. Keep moistening the cloth, daily. Soon you will see small baby shoots poking out of the muslin cloth. Your sprouts are all set.
I am personally not a fan of raw sprouts, so I always either boil them slightly,or saute them.
The other day I wanted to have something chaat-patta for lunch, so I thought of making chaat The healthy twist came from the addition of sprouts,which, for a change I added raw. Something really quick and easy and a great snack for the mid afternoon or the lunch box. Here is the recipe.
You will need:
- 1 cup mixed sprouts
- 1 boiled potato (diced)
- 1/4 th cup peanuts
- A few papdis (optional)
- Red chilly powder
- Salt to taste
- Chaat masala powder
- 1-2 tbsp of green chutney
- 1-2 tbsp of sweet tamarind chutney
- Lemon juice
- Once your sprouts are ready, and the potatoes boiled, there is not much to do. Just mix everything up.
- In a bowl,add the boiled and diced potato, add all the spices along with the green and sweet chutney.
- Crush the papdi a little and add that along with the peanuts. Add the lemon juice and mix it all up.
- As simple as that.
- You can add more stuff to this, like chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, some fruit like grapes.
- They would all not only add more colour and flavour,but also enhance the nutrient content of the whole dish.