How to sprout green gram

How to sprout green gram – a step wise guide to sprout green gram/ moong.

Moong or green gram is an excellent source of plant based protein. They are a staple in Indian kitchens and are used to make variety of dishes such as salads, snacks, dals, curries, desserts and much more.

It is very common to sprout moong beans and use them in salads, sabzis, chaats etc. Sprouting moong beans enhances its nutritional value and make them more digestible.  

What is Sprouting

Sprouting is a process of germination of seeds and pulses. When the seeds, pulses, grains are soaked in water, they absorb water, swell in size and produce tiny tail like structure. The seeds/pulses require right moisture and temperature for sprouting.   Germination time varies depending on the seeds/ pulses and also temperature. For eg. Moth beans (matki)  needs less soaking time, whereas black gram (chana), lima beans (vaal) need to be soaked for a longer period of time.


Step-wise instructions for how to sprout green gram

In a large bowl, add green gram/ moong.


Add water and rinse well.


Drain the water. Add more water. Cover the bowl and keep the moong soaked for 12 to 15 hours.


Soaking softens the outer covering of the pulses. They absorb water and swell up.


After 12 hours, drain the water and transfer soaked green gram (moong) to a strainer.


Place the strainer on a bowl such that the size of the bowl is smaller than the strainer. By doing this, part of the strainer is exposed to air and there is proper air circulation.


Cover the strainer and Keep aside for 20 to 24 hours. You can sprinkle some water over the moong after 10 hours if the moong looks dry.


After 24 hours, the moong beans have produced tiny white tail like structure.


Moong sprouts are ready. They can be used to make soup, salad, curry, stir fry etc.


Sprouting Process at a glance

In a large bowl, add 1 cup of green gram/moong. Add water and rinse it couple of times. Drain the water. Add more water  and keep it soaked for 12 to 15 hours. Soaking will soften the outer layer of the seeds. After 12 hours, drain the water and transfer the soaked seeds to a strainer.

  • Keep the strainer on a vessel which is smaller in size than the strainer. This helps in proper air circulation as the strainer is exposed to air.
  • Cover the strainer with a lid. 
  • Keep this in a warm place for 20 to 24 hours. If the moong looks dry after few hours, sprinkle some water over it.
  • After 24 hours, the seeds would be germinated.

Note :

  • If the seeds/pulses that are soaked have not germinated even after 20  hours, sprinkle some water on the seeds, cover and keep aside for some more time. Ensure proper air circulation.

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Sprouted Moong Recipes


Sprouted Moong Salad
Sprouted Moong & Potato Sabzi
Moong & Green garlic sabzi
Moong & Potato Curry


Related Recipes

Moong Dal Dosa
Moong Palak Paratha
Moong Palak Cheela

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