When i used to think of sprouts as a teen it would be the horrible uncooked kind with some lemon squeezed on top with cucumbers and carrots and the same damn saying of 'it's good for you'. I think i fell in love with them when amma made usal and put her foot down that i must try it. Up till then i had somehow been able to escape eating it..but that day i was in a fix!! Lucky for me i loved it and still do and i eat it at-least twice a week without ever getting bored. But, the only way i like them is sauteed lightly ....and to a point where they sill retain their crunch. They are also great for you and keep you full for a long time.
I had never sprouted horse-gram (also known as kollu-tamil) till my previous visit to india where amma had started including them in her daily sprout mix. I loved its taste...it tasted something like mujjadra (middle-eastern dish) when sauteed with onions. In this recipe i combine sprouted horse-gram and the ever popular green moong with some veggies for a crunchy and satisfying tiffin or dinner when combined with soup.
Green moong sprouts : 1 cup
Horse gram sprouts: 1/2 cup
Carrots:1 cup (diced)
Onions: 1/2 cup (diced very small)
Garlic: 2 pods (thinly sliced)
Ginger: 1" (grated)
Jeera - 1 tsp.
Curry leaves - 3 to 4,torn
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tsp.
1. In a wok, add the oil and add jeera.
2. Add the onions,ginger and garlic and fry till the onions have softened. Add the carrots and cook till they are cooked half-way...( have an uncooked taste..but not too crunchy)
3. Toss in the curry leaves,sprouts and salt and cook for a couple more minutes, till the carrots are cooked..but have a bite to them. You can sprinkle some water to help it along.
4. Serve them immediately, as they are not that great to taste when cold.
You sprout the horse-gram the same way you would the green moong. To know more about horse gram you can see Wikipedia
You can add equal measures of both sprouts or add in more sprouts to the mix. I personally think these taste great when crunchy and not when mushy and fully cooked.
This is off to Hima of SnackoRama who is hosting WYF- Diet Food