Sprouting Mung Beans

16 Mar

Mung beans.  I mean, when you say it out loud, they sound uninspired at best.  Definitely not something I’ve ever heard anyone say they are craving late at night.  But, if you’ve never tried them, they are actually a pretty versatile legume that can be used in everything from stews to desserts.  If you are wondering why the heck you would want anything sprouted in the first place, check out the Whole Grains Council website to learn all about the health benefits.

There are two ways to tackle sprouting mung beans:

1.  Buy them that way – you’ll find them at whole foods in the bulk section or online.  Generally, they only require 10-20 min of soaking time + a few minutes on the stove to simmer.

2.  Sprout them yourself – this means rinsing, soaking, tucking them in, and then waiting for them to sprout – about a 1 day adventure.

If you’re up for the adventure and don’t have a garden, this is a bonafide way of embodying your inner green thumb.  I personally would have loved this as a kid – buying and growing my food in a day.  So, here’s a quick how-to:

Step 1:  In a colander, rinse your mung beans.

Step 2:  Soak the beans in fresh/filtered water overnight (~8 hrs) using 2x the amount of water as you have beans (ie: for 1 cup of beans, use 2 cups of water).

Step 3:  Drain the beans and then place them in a bowl or tray lined with a tea towel/cheese cloth/paper towel.

Step 4: Cover the beans with a second tea towel/cheese cloth/paper towel or if it’s big enough, just fold the tea towel/cheese cloth/paper towel over the beans.

Step 5:  Dampen the cloth with water

Step 6:  Place the beans in a cool, dark place (the pantry is fine) and let them rest for 12 hours, checking on them 1/2 way through to make sure the cloth is still damp.

Step 7:  After ~12 hours, your beans will have sprouted!  Remove from the damp towel, give them a quick rinse in a colander, and use according to your fave recipe’s instructions.  Use immediately so they don’t stay water logged {this will keep them them from going bad}.

{Pretty Little Tip}

If you are using a cloth or tea towel – use one you can bleach or one that you don’t care about as the beans will stain.

mung bean sprouts

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