Friday, April 17, 2009
I'm ever so grateful to my mother for introducing us to the wonder food,Sprouts.These were our snack between the meals.Easily digestible,with certain precautions while growing them,the sprouts can be safe to eat uncooked.
Green mung sprouts was the most common sprout I knew of for long.Was amazed to discover the variety,which seems endless just as its nutritional benefits. Methi(Fenugreek),alfa-alfa,oats,lentils,broccoli are among the common types of sprouts.
A more pictorial tutorial of how to grow sprouts is depicted in my post here.Don't mind listing them again along with the care and caution needed while growing or buying the sprouts.
To grow your own sprouts is economical ,also you have control over the hygiene.
* Rinse the grain\seed\lentil under cold water 2-3 times,to get rid of dirt.
* Soak the seeds for at least 12hours in ample amount of cold water
* Drain all the water.Wrap the seeds in a clean cotton or muslin cloth,place in bowl.There are special sprouting jars also available. Allow to grow for at least 3 days and as long as 6 days.Make sure you rinse them twice each day to prevent contamination.
When Buying the sprouts, pick only fresh packs(preferably Organic) and rinse them thoroughly in cold water before eating.
Sprouts,Synonymous to Spring
Sprouts portray spring ,the budding leaf simulates the new life that grows around us after the dull and harsh winters.I grew these black eyed peas for 6 days,had to wait patiently before embracing the beauty and nutrition of this live vegetable in its tender germinating stage.
This picture is my entry for the Click-Spring\Autumn photo event,at Jai and Bee's Jugalbandi.
Black Eyed peas Sprouts Pasta
I must thank Sia for this fascinating Lauki-lobia curry ,with black eyed peas sprouts,which prompted me to sprout the peas for all its goodness.Since these were sprouted for nearly a week,were tender enough for eating raw.I always add the sprouts toward the end of the cooking.I would have cooked it slightly if giving to my kids,but since the kiddos don't have a taste yet for sprouts,this pasta with raw sprouts was just for me and my DH.
2 cups Whole grain pasta,cooked
1 cup sprouts(Green Mung,Methi,Alfalfa,Black Eyed peas or any other lentil)
1 cup greens(Mustard greens,beet greens,spinach,chard,kale or broccoli rabe)
1/2 a medium Onion,chopped
1 clove Garlic,finely chopped
pinch of turmeric
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper or cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon of coriander powder(optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
Heat a pan on medium heat,saute onions in oil for a minute.Add garlic saute another minute then mix in the greens and spices.Cook for a minute before mixing in the cooked pasta.Finally add in the sprouts,turn off the heat.Sprinkle the lime juice ,stir well ,cover and allow the flavors to infuse for 2-3 minutes.Serve warm or cold.
The Sprouts pasta is my entry for Weekend wokking ,focusing on Sprouts this spring,hosted by Kits Chow
Sprouts ,the Anti aging food