Moong Beans A powerhouse of nutrients

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Did you know? Moong beans are considered to be the most nutritious of all bean sprouts. Used extensively in Asian cuisine, these beans are native to India. As usual we’ve compiled all the queries we’ve got about this wonder bean, here’s knowing it better. 



Are moong beans available only in India?

Moong is a native to India like most other superfoods and we have been using it since long as sprouts or in making dal. But, its available all over the world and it is cultivated mostly in East Asia, Middle East and South-East Asia.


Is it true that moong/green gram is a powerhouse of nutrients? 

Yes, it is true. The liquid or stock of boiled beans is considered to be healthy as it clears toxins from your body. Boiled moong is very good for diabetics. They also help to lose weight, reduce heart problems, prevent breast cancer, maintain healthy vision, and help enhancing skin tone. So, do include these in your diet plan. 


Is it important to soak green grams before cooking? 

No, it can be pressure-cooked for a longer time even without soaking.


What is healthier boiled or sprouted green gram? 

Both are healthy. However, sprouted beans are a healthier option and also easily digestible. These beans are full of antioxidants. 


How to make healthy sprouted moong at home? 

Wash green gram thoroughly for about 3 to 4 times in clean water and wrap them is a moist, clean muslin cloth and leave it overnight. You will have at least one-inch long shoots, which tastes good stir-fried lightly with other vegetables.


I am bored of eating boiled and sprouted moong beans, can you suggest interesting recipes with these beans?

Try making moong puri or parantha. You can also make savoury pancakes with these beans – moong cheeley. Prepare these beans as a curry also. With the onset of rains, do make soup as it will taste amazing with moong beans as the strong base. For further exciting green gram recipes, browse or ‘sanjeevkapoorkhanakhazana’ on YouTube. 


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.