Mung bean is a wonderful food that helps in reducing weight. This is the reason it is recommended as a part of diet in many slimming programs. It has got high protein and fiber content, that can help to bring down the cholesterol levels in the body.
Mung bean sprouts are rich in vitamins A, B, C and E and are a perfect source of minerals such as potassium, iron and calcium.
The sprouts are considered as a cooling food and are used to treat inflammations, that can arise as a result of infections, hypertension and heatstrokes.
Mung beans have high fiber content that yield complex carbohydrates, which help in digestion. Thus, these are very good for people suffering from high cholesterol.
In India it is a traditional practice to do colon cleanse at home once an year. After this practice a watery mixture of rice, split yellow moong beans is prepared and eaten to sooth the stomach and get back to normal routine.
They are used in making whole dishes, desserts and soups.Some of the hundreds of recipes of this bean will be covered one by one in detail soon, but for now let us take a quick and short look at some of the recipes.
The whole green beans must be always soaked overnight else they do not get cooked. They yellow ones are split and dehulled form of the whole beans, so they do not need to be soaked.
Since the yellow version is not available yet in Greece, only recipes of whole green beans will be covered here.
Steamed : Direct steam the soaked beans until done ( takes about 30 -45 minutes). Add salt, turmeric, oil to taste. Coconut oil will taste much better for this recipe. Optionally add raw onions,tomatoes,cucumbers.Optionally add dry roasted mustard and cumin seeds and garnish with cilantro/parsley. Same recipes can be used for any lentils or beans.
Pancake : Healthier alternative to pizza. Soak 1 cup of moon beans in water for 8 hours. Make 2 cups flour of brown rice slightly coarse but close to fine. After 8 hours, blend the moong beans with just enough water to help blend it and a 1″ piece of ginger . Add to this mixture the rice flour and let it sit for 1 hour. After an hour add salt to taste.Pour the entire mixture onto a baking pan or stove top pan and cook until done. Once done pour oil and serve with tomato sauce.Its very easy to make and very filling.
Crepes : Soak 1 cup of moon beans, and 1/2 cup brown rice in water for 8 hours. After 8 hours, blend them with a 1″ piece of ginger and water to make it a of pouring consistency it . Spread on a pan to make crepes. Optionally finely chopped onion can be sprinkled on it soon after spreading it on pan.Spread oil once done and serve with tomato ketchup or one of the numerous chutneys which we will be covering soon.
Sprouts : Easy to sprout and very delicious.Mix these sprouts with onions,tomatoes,cucumbers and eat as is or put in a sandwich.
Soup : Steam and mash to make a soup like any other beans.Add spices of your choice and greens like spinach. Try adding ginger, garlic or onions for variations.