Sprouting Moong

Sprouting whole green gram or Sabut Moong/Hari Moong is quite simple. Here is a simple tutorial showing the procedure. Moong is the most widely sprouted pulses in the world.

Day 1-Night: Wash and soak a cup of whole Moong dal in surplus fresh cool or tepid water in a dark place.

Sabut Moong/Whole Green Gram Soaking in water

Day 2-Morning: Drain the dal and shower wash them gently under cool or tepid water. Soak them again the same way.
Day 2-Night: Before you go to sleep, line a colander with wet muslin cloth and drain the plumped up dal. Tie the ends of the cloth into a knot. Hang in a dark place at room temperature where it wont be disturbed.
Day 3-Morning: Check the dal if they have started sprouting. The dal should have sprouted usually by this time if you happen to live in warmer areas.

Sabut Moong~Whole Green gram (behind),
and Spouted Sabut Moong~Green gram (front)

If it hasnt, which happens if you are living in colder areas, use a sprinkler to spray some fresh cool water on the cloth if its dry.
Day 4-Night: Your sprouted moong is ready. If they have not much sprouted, leave them for the night and enjoy these sprouted Moong.

1. Do not let the sprout shoots grow too long. It is suggested that they shouldn’t be longer than double the size of seed itself.
2. To store the sprouts, put them in a glass bowl and submerge them in cold water. Refrigerate it and they stay crisp for almost 5 days. I had read about this tip in a magazine which I thought to share.

Sprouted Moong are a good source of proteins, vitamin-C, iron and potassium. They are best eaten raw in salads, or very lightly cooked. Long cooking methods destroys the vital vitamins and disrupts the flavor. I usually prepare a light snack using sprouts. You can also add sprouts to pasta and noodles, or salads for some extra nutrition. I also like to use the sprouted moong as a stuffing in the wraps and fajitas along with the other ingredients and also in the Fried rice.

Picture Source: Flickr
I leave you with the snapshot of a Velvet Mite which we call ‘Birbabuti’ in Urdu. We witness a lot of them just after the first rains in Hyderabad. These harmless mites are so tiny and very restless arthropods. Their sensory velvety red covering is gorgeous. Children were always very attracted to them. Are you guys familiar with it?


22 thoughts on “Sprouting Moong

  1. Ofcourse i know the Birbaaboti’s….use to collect them and keep them in small match boxes w/green grass…but they didn’t like that….cos they didn’t live too long that way….:-))….and thanks for the moong sprout recipe…cant wait to try it.

  2. healthy moong sprouts..cud u post some recipe for this? anyways, u say that the sprouts shud not grow too long. why is that?

    Sri, I will post some recipes using sprouted moong in the future. If you allow the sprouts to grow longer, they develop bitterness that is not suitable for consumption. See that the sprouts are no longer than the seed itself. ~Mona

  3. Hi, I’m from Hyd too and was talking about the “red velvet boochi” we used to collect in match boxes, when I saw your post – now I can call it by its name – birbabuti!
    Appreciate all the recipes – they’re great!!!

  4. thanks for the picture…i have been trying to tell my husband and kids about this mite we caught in match boxes and he had never heard about it !! Now i can tell them its true !! Have not seen one in India in years….

  5. Lovely double shaded Moong, sprouted Moong makes everything so healthy and tasty! 🙂

    Never saw those critters before, velvety indeed! 😀

  6. Mona, great post! my hubby has been making mung sprouts for weeks now he is having a sprout fad. Have you tried alfalfa sprouts? they are my favourite as they grow really thin and are crunchy.

    Is Urdu your first language Mona? I used to learn to speak read and write Urdu but I have not had time the past year. I wish I could learn Urdu more as I love it as a language.

    Yes, my first language is Urdu. It is beautiful language.

  7. hi mona, i used to keep these tiny ones in a match box , take it to school also….do they still exist? its been 20 yrs i never find any…..

    They still do exist and children still love them~Mona

  8. Hi Mona,
    I remembet that mite. When I was a child I used to play with it. We used to search for those in the grass and collect them into those big match boxes and play with them( I know that’s wrong but then I didnt know better then). It used to become like a ball when we touched it.


  9. monaji, thank you very much for such wonderfull tutorial for sprouting mung. nice picture. may i ask you is it same prodecure for other beans also?! like moth, chana, peas etc.

    Follow the same procedure for sprouting moth, chana etc.

  10. Thanks for the tutorial, Mona. It somehow reminded me of our highschool project 🙂

    Your pictures always turn out so beautiful!

    I’ve never seen those mites either, but the red color is very pretty 🙂

  11. Hi Mona,
    that was a neat explanation for sprouting moong.lovely pics:)
    hadn’t heard of the velvet mite…looks cute and creepy too 😉 thanks for the info.

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