Here’s an innovative, healthy Indian snack for kids, loved by both the young and the old. It’s called SPROUTED MOONG KOSAMBRI, meaning a salad prepared with sprouted green gram. It’s a very nutritious snack containing sprouts, pomegranate, fresh coconut scrapings, with a pinch of salt and a dash of lemon juice. Studies have shown that sprouts contain significant amounts of vitamins A, C and D.
Sprouts are widely recognized by nutrition conscious consumers and health care professionals as a “wonder food”. The Moong bean sprouts are a good source of protein, fiber and vitamin C. A 3 oz. serving contains just 30 calories (http://www.isga-sprouts.org/nutritio.htm). One pomegranate delivers 40% of an adult’s daily vitamin C requirement. It’s also a rich source of folic acid and of antioxidants.
RECEIPE: SPROUTED MOONG KOSAMBRI
Dry green moong beans - 1 cup
Fresh Pomegranate - 1 fruit
Fresh Coconut scrapings - 1 tablespoon
A pinch of salt to taste
A dash of lemon juice
A few sprigs of fresh cilantro for garnishSoak the dry beans in warm water and leave it overnight. Drain all the water the next day and cover and keep in a warm place to sprout. It takes anywhere between 2 to 5 days for the beans to sprout. Combine the sprouted moong beans in a wide bowl with pomegranate seeds, fresh coconut scrapings and salt. Add a few drops of lemon juice and garnish with freshly cut cilantro. Can be chilled and eaten for crispiness.