Sprouted Green Bites (NSA)

Sprouted moong green beans are packed with antioxidants and loaded with nutrients. Sprouts offer immense health benefits. It’s the result of catching the shoots (sprouts) during the germinating process. The germinating process breaks down some of the starch, making the percentage of nutrients higher.

Green moong beans are used widely across India, and standard preparation style is in the form of dal, savory crepes, and curries. If you want to add a crunch to those moong beans, with the fried food comfort but with a healthy twist, you’re reading the right recipe. I prepared these healthy green moong bites using nutritious ingredients and shallowed fried them with the help of zero-calorie oil spray. You don’t need to use any binders such as cornstarch or potatoes for cooking these wholesome green bites.

I enjoyed the sprouted green snacks with no sugar cardamom tea and finger (Ragi) millet cookies, as shown in picture #4. It’s a perfect healthy tea time combo that will keep you full until your mealtime.

INGREDIENTS

  • Two cup sprouted green moong beans.
  • 2 cups of baby spinach.
  • A handful of cilantro.
  • 2 Thai green chilies.
  • 2 cloves of garlic.
  • 1/2 inch ginger.
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice.
  • Salt as per your taste.
  • Zero-calorie oil spray.
  • 2 tsp of oil (optional).

RECIPE

  • Finely chop cilantro and spinach leaves, and keep them aside.
  • Next, add sprouted beans, ginger, garlic, and chilies in a grinder’s jar. Blend the mixture to a coarse paste. Please don’t add any water while grinding the mixture.
  • Transfer the blended paste in a bowl, add the chopped leaves, season with the salt, and mix it properly, as shown in picture #2.
  • Divide the mixture into equal proportion balls, and shape them as per your preference. I made them round, like a patty, as shown in picture #3. You can use a rounded spoon or an ice-cream scoop to dole out equal proportions.
  • Spray zero-calorie olive oil from both the sides.
  • Next, heat pan, grease it with spray oil, and optionally add regular oil in it. Transfer the patties on the pan and fry until golden brown from both the sides, flipping half-way through.
  • Alternatively, you can bake these sprouted patties. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit/ 180 degrees celsius and bake the sprouted green patties for 20 to 22 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
  • Turn off the heat, transfer the mung bean bites in a serving plate, garnish with some salad, and serve them with tea. Go Green!
  • I paired the sprouted green bites with no sugar cardamom milk tea and finger (Ragi) millet cookies for my evening snacks. It’s a perfectly healthy and wholesome combo, which kept me full till diner time.

These crunchy green mung bites pair well with ketchup. You can use the sprouted green beans bites as a healthy, low GI burger patty too.

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