Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sprouted Lentils


Matki or Moth or Turkish Gram beans are very new to me. I searched every corner of my city for the beans before I found them. They are extremely healthy and a great source of vitamins and protein. A bowl of sprouted matki beans give you your daily recommended intake of protein! Each tiny grain is packed with so much goodness! And its delicious, too!


Sprouting beans is pretty simple. Here is a pictorial description of the process to sprout matki beans, which works for most beans and lentils.

Soak the beans/ lentils for 6-8 hours or overnight.

Rinse and tie them up in muslin cloth. Depending on the weather (you need a warm space), the lentils will begin to sprout in 1-2 days.
Open them up to discover some beautiful sprouted lentils.


Sprouted matki beans can be eaten fresh (I add chopped tomatoes, cucumber, salt and pepper and lime juice and have a nice healthy salad), or you can cook them in any number of ways.

Matki is very popular in Indian cuisine and a variety of curries are made using Matki, including the famous street food, Misal (recipe to follow soon in another post!). For some great recipes using sprouted matki beans, check these out:

Matki Sprouts Pulao
Green Beans with Sprouts
Matki Sprouts Curry or Usal

This is off to Paulchen for Weekend Herb Blogging. WHB was initially started by the wonderful Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen. Thanks for doing this - it also provides me a chance to know more about the ingredients I'm using!

23 comments:

Jayashree said...

Makes a good, healthy breakfast or snack....btw Nilgiris almost always has these in stock.

vegeyum said...

What a wonderful way to make sprouts! I never knew. It sounds easy. Do you need to wet the lentils during the 2 days? I am going to try this.

Happy cook said...

I loved the pictures where you show how to make them

bhags said...

waiting for your matki usal

mitr_bayarea said...

Arundathi-

a very healthy salad, adding some lemon juice to this gives it some more taste.

Mallika said...

My mommy used to make this so often at home. But I'm not sure I've ever seen them in London. Must look properly...

Ranjani said...

great pic:)

Cham said...

Good one , never tried at home :)

Arundathi said...

Jayashree - Yeah I used to buy them at Nilgiris, but started doing them at home now

Vegeyum - Nope you don't to wet the lentils - just drain the water, tie in the muslin and leave it alone for a day or two in a warm space. Try it!

Happy - Thanks :)

Bhags - coming soon to a blog near you! :)

Mitr - Yes, you're right.

Mallika - Try making it, its really easy

Ranjani - thanks :)

Cham - do try!

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

HEY That looks lovely .. a very healthy option indeed

Meera said...

Your sprouts look so good. Thanks for the link.

Sangeeth said...

I have tagged you dear...chk out my blog for details.

Devi Priya said...

Arundhathi, I will correct my blog entry: Moth dal. I couldn't find the english name for moth dal so added azuki dal as a similar dal/bean. Thanks for the info. Nice post by the way, as moth sprouts. I make regular moong sprouts, Now I will make moth too.

Arundathi said...

@ Vegetable Platter - Welcome and thanks!

@ Meera - You're very welcome.

@ Sangeeth - Will do.

@ Devi Priya - will go check out your post now... thanks!

Swati Raman Garg said...

i love moth sprouts... and even i add onions and tomatoes etc and it makes a perfec snack...

zlamushka said...

Fantastic, Arundathi. I have browsed your blog and finally made up my mind. I am going to make something that I have been dying to make for years, yet never really found the recipe I was looking for. Yours look so authentic, I am very excited. Hopefully my blog will offer something of your interest in return.

Arundathi said...

Swati - yes, it sure does.

Zlamushka - Looking forward to seeing what you chose! :)

Kalyn said...

I love the sound of your salad with the sprouted lentils, tomatoes, and cucumbers. I know I would love it!

Arundathi said...

Thanks, Kalyn. Its delicious - I've become addicted to it and look forward to having it every morning.

Jude said...

I'm totally new to sprouting but I'm loving it. Aside from the better nutrition, the textures seem a lot more interesting :)

Arundathi said...

Jude - thanks for stopping by. Yes, with a right dressing - the sprouted lentils are addictive! :)

Saurabh said...

thanks. this along with the pics helped a lot...perfectly explained...successfully sprouted my own matki today!!!

Arundathi said...


Saurabh - thanks and great job! hope you enjoyed it!