Wednesday, June 27, 2007

How to sprout

- Soak seeds and legumes in water for a half-day or so. You might want to start the soaking in slightly luke-warm water if you live in cold places like me. Do not make the water too hot though, since this will kill the germ in the seeds.

- Whole moong daal (also known as mung or green gram), moth beans (Turkish gram), red masoor, whole chana daal (garbanzo beans / bengal gram), raagi (red millet), wheat, alfalfa seeds etc can be used. My favorites main types are mung, moth and alfalfa seeds, and red millet.

- Soak and sprout different varieties of seeds separately. It is preferable to sprout each type separately because they take different times to sprout and hence might get spoiled while you are waiting for the other type to sprout.

- Make sure the seeds are well soaked before you drain them.

- Transfer the drained seeds into a colander and cover the seeds with a kitchen towel. If you live in a cold place like me, you might want to sprout them in a warm place such as the inside of an oven.

- Once every 12 hours or so rinse the seeds with fresh water. This way you will supply the seeds with the needed water during sprouting process and also help keep the seeds fresh.

- You can sprout the seeds, watering in between, till the sprouts are inch long or so.

- You can store the sprouted seeds in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Sprouting Mung beans: Mung takes 12-15 hours to soak well. Then drain the water, rinse, and let the seeds sprout for 2-4 days until the sprouts are an inch long. Rince the seeds once every 12 hours.

Sprouting Moth beans: Soad for 12 hours or so. Then drain the water, rince and sprout for a day or two until the sprouts are half inch long. Rince once in 24 hours. Mooth beans can get spoiled very quickly, so sprout them in a warm place for just a day or two.

Sprouting alfalfa seeds: Soad for 12 hours or so. Then drain the water, rince and sprout for 5-7 days until the sprouts are an inch long. Rince once in 24 hours.
Note: Sprouted seeds taste the best when the sprouts are a half-inch or less long.

2 comments:

Rajitha Pedduri said...

what is alfalfa seed in telugu ?

Srinath Suragani said...
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