Hello Lovely Blossoms,
In our home we thrive on grains, well mostly me since I do all the grocery shopping...but my husband seems to love all of the food that I make and it consists of a whole lot of grains. I recently decided to expand our grains cupboard a little and I came across this beautiful grain on https://therefillery.co.za/?s=mung
So initially I did not know what I will be doing with this grain as I have never seen it in its dried form... I bit into one just to try and figure out the raw taste and I was surprised at the very subtle hint of peanut flavour. Not the general peanut... it had a very distinct taste of the red skin peanuts. So my next task was figuring out what the heck you do with them... So first attempt at searching a whole lot of curry recipes appeared and when I noticed it was native to India I made the connection as well as the peanut taste guided me to understand why this would do so well in any curry dish.
But when we dive deeper, the mung bean has some amazing benefits. The one that drew my attention is that it helps reduce the LDL or "bad Cholesterol" in your body. Now we don't necessarily have any cholesterol problems in our home but if we can take better care of our bodies why not?
To put things into perspective about this wonderful grain here is a list of all the benefits of Mung beans:
- This grain is a nutrients powerhouse, if you want to narrow it down it is one of the best plant based sources of protein.
- Aids in lowering LDL (Bad Cholesterol) in your system
- This is a rich source of fibre
- Assists your digestive track
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Has the ability to lower your hunger level
- This grain contains folic that assists in a healthy pregnancy
So now that you know these super benefits, how do you cook them? Well you can consume this grain raw or cooked and by raw I mean sprouted not dried... you can sprout your own mung beans by simply soaking them overnight, drain the water out and place them in a cheesecloth/ muslin cloth for a few days and watch them sprout into deliciousness. You can add sprouted beans to salads or on a fresh healthy sandwich.
To cook this bean, soak your dried beans overnight as well, cook in 1/3 ratio (one cup beans to 3 cups water) for around 30 minutes. You can cook them together with your meal items, like if you are making a curry for instance, add it with your other ingredients like lentils or chickpeas and let the goodness cook into the bean.
Getting to know your grains is so important because you not only expand your pantry but also your health benefits. Sometimes it feels like we get into a rut with our weekly meals so expanding our grains opened up so many doors for us.
Also since grains last a long time so we have a wide selection of grains and then we add the fresh veggies that we have in our fridge. I have just finished planting our vegetables this weekend so I am hoping to make some dishes straight from our garden during the next couple of weeks...that is if we can keep the plants alive, so here is to hoping.
If you are thinking of starting a grain collection this is definitely a very easy and versatile grain to get you going. Don't be afraid to add some unknown items to your grocery list, the more we learn the better. Take this week and explore your pantry a little bit.
Till next time, be blessed.
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