Since returning from Kerala, I’ve been going sprouted lentil salad crazy. Many of the restaurants my wife and I visited had a great and colourful selection of sprouted beans and lentils that could be added to salads.
One of my favourite salads I had there was this sprouted moong lentil salad.
These sprouts are also often cooked into curries or made into kofta. Watch this space. I have many more recipes using sprouted lentils and beans for you.
Although this sprouted moong lentil salad recipe serves 4 to 6, there is a good chance you will have some left over. A little really goes a long way.
No worries there though. It keeps in the fridge for up to 4 days and just seems to get better with time. I love having this healthy lentil salad on hand.
The most difficult part of this lentil salad recipe is waiting for your sprouts to be ready. It takes about four days but it’s all passive work so just wait it out.
The sprouts can be served raw but some people find the raw flavour a little bitter. I like it but here I suggest boiling the sprouted moong for 5 minutes and then draining. This will get rid of the bitterness.
HOW TO SPROUT MOONG LENTILS
Rinse about one cup whole green moong lentils under water and then place in a large plastic bottle.
Pour fresh water in and soak overnight. The following day, make about 20 small holes in the bottle with a sharp knife above the soaking lentils.
This will allow air in and also make it easier to drain water. Pour the water out and then place the bottle in a warm location but not in direct sunlight.
On the next day, pour some more water over the lentils in the bottle and drain again. Do this for the next three days and watch those sprouts grow. On day four, cut off the top of the bottle and you’ve got healthy sprouts that will keep in your fridge for about a week.
What to serve this unique salad with?
This lentil salad is delicious on its own. It also works great as a garnish for curries. I like to make hot homemade naans and top them with kebab meat, paneer or seafood garnished with these delicious greens.