How to make Sprouts

How to make Sprouts

Sprouting is a great way of enjoying your favorite beans. They are considered as wonder foods and are a great addition to salads, sandwiches, chaats and cutlets. I have been sprouting beans and grains at home for quite some time. Compared to store bought sprouts, sprouting at home is a much better and healthier option. No doubt, sprouting takes time and it seems like a long process but it requires minimal work and rest all is done by mother nature.

Climatic conditions play a vital role in the whole sprouting process. In warm and humid months beans and grains may take just 2-3 days to sprout whereas in winter months this process is extended to 5 -6 days. On an average, the whole process take 4- 5 days to reach the desired 1/4 inch of sprouted beans. Sprouting turns even the hardest bean into soft and chewy sprouts. In fact, fully sprouted beans are so soft that they can be eaten raw. 

With this method you can sprout any beans, grains or seeds, but the sprouting time will vary. In this post learn how to make sprouts – the traditional way and grow sprouts in a jar.

WHY SPROUT?

  1. Sprouting aids digestion. For some people it is really difficult to digest grains, legumes and seeds because they are hard on their stomach. The simple process of sprouting unlocks the important enzymes in germinated seeds, beans, and grains, making them easier to digest.
  2. Sprouting increases nutrients – Sprouting is a great way to release all the vital nutrients stored in the dry grains/beans. Sprouted seed has far more vitamins and nutrients than the dry seed. After soaking the sprouted beans, seeds and grains are low in calories, high in fiber and vitamins. They are also a great source of vitamins C and K. 
  3. Increase fiber content.
  4. After sprouting, proteins in the beans, nuts, seeds, or grains is improved.

HOW TO MAKE SPROUTS – THE TRADITIONAL WAY? 

Follow the step by step process below and grow delicious, fresh and healthy sprouts at home.

Recipe for Black chickpeas (kala chana) sprout – Lotus stem or kamal kakdi cutlets.

How to make bean SproutsMETHOD- 

1. Wash and clean 1/2 cup of moong beans under tap water 2-3 times until the water runs clear. Transfer it to a bowl and add enough water to soak the beans and close the bowl with the lid. Let it soak overnight. 

How to Sprout Mung Beans

2. This is how the beans will look like after soaking – all swelled up and doubled in size.

How to Sprout Mung Beans

3. Drain the water and rinse the beans.

How to Sprout Mung Beans

4. Transfer it to the same bowl. Add fresh water and completely discard the water you had used to soak the beans earlier. Let it soak for another 6-8 hours.

How To Sprout Beans or Moong/Mung at home

5.  Beans have expanded as they have soaked up a lot of water.

How To Sprout Beans or Moong/Mung at home

6. Drain and rinse the beans with tap water. 

How To Sprout Beans or Moong/Mung at home

7. This is how the beans will look like after 24 hours. 

How To Sprout Beans or Moong/Mung at home

8. Place a wet cheesecloth over a strainer and transfer the beans onto the wet cheesecloth.

How to Sprout Mung Beans (Green Gram) at Home

9. Wrap the wet cheesecloth around the beans. Make sure the cloth is wet.

How to Sprout Mung Beans (Green Gram) at Home

10. Rest the strainer (containing beans) over a bowl. The bowl will collect all the extra dripping of water. Let is rest for another 6-8 hours. Sprinkle a small amount of water (1-2 tablespoon) and make sure that the cheesecloth remains damp during the entire sprouting process. Beans need to remain moist throughout the sprouting process. If they are dry, it will kill the sprouting process. 

How to Sprout Mung Beans (Green Gram) at Home

11. Moong bean sprouts are ready.

Sprouting Mung dal

12. If you want your sprouts to grow longer than let it rest for 1 more day and you can have sprouts like the ones pictured below.

Sprouting Mung dal

13. These fully sprouted beans are so soft that they can be eaten raw.  Or you can store it in airtight container and use as directed. Good for 2-3 days in a refrigerator and in the freezer for a month. Though I prefer to use them fresh in a day or two.

Growing Mung Bean Sprouts

 


sprouts-in-a-jar-2Things you need

Canning Jars

1/4 cup beans of your choice

Cheesecloth.

HOW TO MAKE SPROUTS IN A JAR? 

1. Wash and clean 1/4 cup of moong beans under tap water 2-3 times until the water runs clear. Transfer it to a clean jar and add enough water to soak the beans and close the jar with the lid. Let it soak overnight.

HOW TO MAKE SPROUTS IN A JAR

2. Next morning – drain the water and rinse the beans. Add fresh water and completely discard the water you had used to soak the beans earlier. 

HOW TO MAKE SPROUTS IN A JAR

3. Cover the mouth of the jar with a cheesecloth and tie a rubber band around it to secure the cloth. I have secured the jar with their lid rings (top removed).

HOW TO MAKE SPROUTS IN A JAR

4. Place the jar in a warm place and let it soak for another 6-8 hours. Beans have expanded as they have soaked up a lot of water. Drain and rinse the beans with tap water. Sprouts after 24 hours.

HOW TO MAKE SPROUTS IN A JAR

5. Remove the cloth and wash the beans under cold water. Drain all the water, transfer it back to the jar and let it rest in a warm place for another 6-8 hours. Beans after 30 hours.

HOW TO MAKE SPROUTS IN A JAR

6. Sprouts after 48 hours. Keep washing the beans under cold water to avoid the foul smell. 

HOW TO MAKE SPROUTS IN A JAR

7. Beans need to remain moist throughout the sprouting process. If they are dry, it will kill the sprouting process. 

HOW TO MAKE SPROUTS IN A JAR

8. Sprouts after 48 hours.  If you want your sprouts to grow longer than let it rest for 1 more day.

HOW TO MAKE SPROUTS IN A JAR

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10 Responses

  1. Tara Menezes says:

    This is one of the best posts on sprouting that I have come across. Superb job in detailing the process.

  2. Scarlett says:

    Now I know how to make sprouts- how cool! Thanks for sharing this at Fiesta Friday #117!

  3. Frugal Hausfrau says:

    I have always meant to do more with sprouted beans so this explanation is very helpful to me! Thanks for bringing this by Fiesta Friday!

    Mollie

  4. sathya @mykitchenodyssey says:

    hi ruchi you did a very good job explaining the step by step process. I loved it a lot. I have a small doubt washing the beans avoid foul smell but removes the nutrients right? Plz teach me if i m wrong.

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for stopping by Sathya! Glad you liked the post. From what I know, washing doesn’t affect the nutrient content of the sprouts. In fact repeatedly washing of sprouts is recommended to prevent bacteria growth and avoid that murky smell. Instead, cooking of sprouts is discouraged as during cooking, sprouts lose their nutritional value. Hope that answers your query!

  5. Sonal says:

    This is an awesome post Ruchi! Sharing further.

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