Once you get the hang of making sprouts, it gets on your weekend-to-do list. If you are a beginner, I would suggest, start with one favorite bean, just a quarter cup. See how it sprouts in your environment. Again, the temperature, and type of bean will determine how quickly they sprout.
My favorite remains the moong bean. It does not give you a hard time, and also does not get sticky and slimy like some beans.
Always wash the beans in warm water, to get the seed to soften up. Let them soak for a good 24-30 hours in lots of water, so they swell up and are happy to sprout.
Once you see tiny white roots stick out their heads, they are ready to be drained and tucked away. Pour out all the water and wash the beans in cold running water. Use a muslin cloth or a light dish cloth, cotton preferably. Place this cloth is a colander and pour in the beans.
Ring the cloth into a tight hold and place a weight on it. This keeps the beans close together, which naturally generates heat. This will enable the beans to sprout faster. Not my genius idea lol, but that's how my grandma and mamma have made it for as long as I can remember.
You may also place a damp paper napkin down in a glass bottle, add beans, close it with a mesh cap and let it sprout.
Here is a recipe made with 3 types of seeds/beans. In the video, I have made enough to last us about 10 days. I use it in salads everyday. A few times, make stir-fries as well.
Makes about 12 cups of sprouts
- 1 cup moong beans/hesar kalu
- 1 cup fenugreek/methi seeds
- 1 cup whole masoor dal
- Wash all the beans together in a large pot. When the water runs clear, soak the beans in 10 cups of warm water. Let sit for about 24 hours undisturbed.
- When the seeds start to sprout, drain the water, run the seeds in cold running water.
- Place the beans in a dish cloth or muslin cloth. Twist the cloth down into a tight bundle. Place a weight over it and store the bundle in a colander.
- Stow away in a dark place for 24-30 hours. When the sprouts are about an inch long, remove it into an airtight container.
- Stays fresh in the fridge for upto a week. Can be frozen for a month. Enjoy!