Sprouted Horse Gram Salad
Our menu always has some kind of salad everyday. To make the preparation easier and to introduce some variety, I’ve made it a practice to sprout different legumes in bulk and store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Though the kids don’t like them in their original form, I try to hide them in a salad, or disguise them as kebabs or as stuffings inside dosa or roti.
The horse gram is mostly used as horse fodder, and it is believed to give the consumer ‘horse power’. May be that’s too much to say but the benefits of horse gram are needless to list here; and sprouting it only adds to the nutrition. It is known for its medicinal properties in Indian Ayurveda. It helps weight watchers as it is rich in calcium, iron and protein while being low on calories. It also helps lower cholesterol and is known to treat various medical conditions like renal stones, piles, cold, cough and fever.
Sprouted horse gram : 1 cup
Onions : 1 small (finely chopped)
Tomatoes : ½ (finely chopped)
Green capsicum : ½ (finely chopped)
Almonds : 3 or 4 (sliced)
Salt and freshly ground pepper : to taste
Coriander leaves : to garnish
Steam the sprouts in a pressure cooker for 5 minutes and toss with all the other ingredients, and you have a very nutritious and crunchy salad. The almonds add the nice crunch to the salad, but if you don’t like them with the other ingredients, you can always skip them.
It’s better to steam the sprouted legumes to make them easy on the tummy. Got to keep this in mind when you are giving it to kids. If you would like to use the legume as it is (soaked but unsprouted), you will need to cook it for longer (about 30-40 minutes).
How to make sprouts:
Wash and soak the horse gram in water for about 8 hours. Drain the water, tie it up in a clean muslin cloth, and hang this cloth bag in a cool, well lit place for another 8 hours. The gram would have sprouted by now.
You can store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Sprouted Horse Gram
|Storage||If kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it would stay fresh for a week -10 days.|
|Usage||Best to use a dry spoon|
|Tip||Sprouted legumes have high moisture content. They can be frozen to extend their shelf life.|
Horse gram tends to have many impurities. Before washing it, look for and remove any small stones. To be on the safer side, wash it twice or more before using. Even the sprouts are best washed before using.
The rules for buying are the same as for buying any other legumes. Watch closely for bugs and holes, and avoid packets with a powdery residue. Once bought, they can be stored in their own packing inside an airtight container (to avoid moisture) and they will stay fresh for months together.