* 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. 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. The 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 in many countries, only recipes of whole green beans will be covered here.
SproutsÂ : Easy to sprout and very delicious.Mix these sprouts with onions,tomatoes,cucumbers and eat as is or put in a sandwich.
SteamedÂ : Direct steam the soaked beans until done ( takes about 30 -45 minutes). Â 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.
PancakeÂ : Healthier alternative to pizza.
Version 1: Soak 1 cup of moong beans overnight. Drain and blend to a smooth paste along with a small piece of ginger. Add very little water while blending, as it needs to be a thick paste. Add salt to taste. Few cumin seeds. Add chopped onion. Mix well. Adding pinch of baking soda is optional. Move to a greased hot pan and cook until done on medium to low heat. Turn over once done. Cook on the other side too. Serve hot after pouring coconut oil on top.Â Its very easy to make and very filling.
Version 2: Soak 1/2 cup of moong beans in water for 8 hours. Make 1 cup 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 1â€³ 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.
SoupÂ : 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.
There are hundreds of recipes with moong beans, which I cannot cover here, so for more recipes please follow the recipes posted on youtube.