Sprouting is exciting and simple, contrary to the belief that it is difficult and needs plenty of practice. Those who are used to sprouting, know how it feels when the first roots start appearing in the sprouter – is nothing less than a big achievement! If you have never done this, starting by sprouting mung beans is probably the easiest route to go- they are simple to sprout and nutritious and can also be used in a number of healthy recipes.
How To Sprout Mung Beans
The first step of sprouting is to buy mung beans from a reputable store. One of the basic things you need to check is the germination rate – high germination rate is always preferred. It is important to buy organic or chemical free and non GMO seeds which are all tested for pathogens. This will ensure high quality sprouts and will be of great taste. These are high in vitamins A, B, C and D and offer essential nutrients like magnesium, calcium, iron, amino acids and proteins.
The next step is to take the needed quantity of your purchased non gmo seeds and wash them well in cold water. Keep washing till you find that the water is running clear. Once done you can drain the excess water and place them in a sprouter. In case you do not have a sprouter you can place these beans in a bowl or glass mason jar. This bowl or sprouter needs to be completely filled with water so that all mung beans are well immersed. These need to soak for at least 12 hours.
After 12 hours you can drain the excess water and rinse the mung beans with cold water and drain once again. If you have a bamboo steamer or a similar steamer at home, you can use it for sprouting mung beans. These assure that water gets drained off well.. You can use a number of things for sprouting like paper cloth, cheese cloth or just a simple jar for sprouting purpose. Those who use a plain jar for sprouting mung beans need to cover this jar using a light cloth.
The Last Stages Of Mung Bean Sprouting
You need to place this jar or sprouter in an area where there is low light. Dark places are highly recommended but the temperature shouldn’t ever drop below 60 degrees – you need to ensure that the jar is not exposed to direct sunlight. You can ideally place it in the dark section of your kitchen.
Time Taken For Sprouting
Sprouting time for mung beans depends on how much you wish to sprout or the length of roots you desire. You will notice small tiny 1/2 inch roots appearing within 2-3 days. Keep rinsing after 2-3 days. You will soon notice that 1-3 inch roots have appeared in the next 10-12 hours. You can grow them how much you wish. These have thick and big roots, which is quite popular in Chinese cuisine. Once you are happy with the size of roots, you can use these in different recipes and enjoy their multiple nutritional benefits.