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Sprouted Moong Bhaji: Stove top&Instant Pot recipe

Written By Praveena Gudipati on Monday, January 11, 2016 | 9:10 PM





Consuming Sprouts is a step towards healthy life style. Sprouts have many nutritional benefits. If you are on a raw food diet, they are perfect proteins to munch on. You can sprinkle them in your salads for added crunch and nutrition.

At my home Sprouted Moong beans (Pesalu/Green gram) are a favorite. My Kids love em too.Also Moong bean tend to sprout faster comparatively so we do not have to wait long to enjoy em. The extra time we wait to sprout the beans  pays off at the end.

 I  have few sprouts recipes on the blog already. Try my Sprouted Kala Chana Masala, Sprouted Mung bean salad. Also the link explains how to make sprouts.

The idea for sprouted mung bean Bhaji just clicked me one day, when I want to make a curry out of sprouts. I did not want to make the usual curry with onions and tomatoes. So I have added extra veggies, then added Pavbhaji Masala. It ended up so delicious and became a regular in my home. I made lil changes the next time I made it and perfected the recipe. And I call it Sprouted Mung Bhaji:-). I use this masala.


This curry can be served with Buttery toasted Pav, Buttery toasted bread, Roti. I served it with Tortilla. I have frozen uncooked Tortilla, which went perfect with the curry.Got these from 'Costco'.These Tortilla taste better than store bought Chapati/Roti and comes in handy when in a rush.


Serve some onions, squeezed with lemon juice on the side. The meal will be heavenly. And pls don't mind my low light photography as I make many tasty meals for dinner and end up taking low light pictures :-) . And don't forget to check my Instant Pot recipe if you own one.It's at the end along with Video. I use below model Instant Pot.




Servings:
Four (4)
Total time:
24.5 hrs (Includes 24 hrs soaking/sprouting time)
Category:
Vegetables, Lentils


Ingredients: (I use US standard measuring; 1cup=8oz=250ml)

  • 4 tbsp butter or adjust
  • 1/2 cup Green gram (Pesalu)
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 medium size Potatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp Pavbhaji masala
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice or adjust
  • Cilantro leaves optionally
  • 1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste optionally
  • 1 tsp Chili powder

      Sprouted Moong Bhaji  Stove top Recipe 

  1. Soak 1/2 cup Green gram/ Mung beans in water, first thing in the morning.Or you can leave them over night.
  2. After 8 hrs drain the beans and place them in a wet, clean cloth, twist the cloth to close. Keep it aside. You can also simply place them in a box, cover tight with a lid.
  3. You will see small sprouts by morning. If you want you can keep them in there longer tome to see more longer sprouts.
  4. Chop 1.5 -2 carrots roughly.
  5. Chop 1 large potato or 2 medium potatoes.You can add other veggies of your choice like Cauliflower, beans etc. 
  6. Take sprouts and veggies in a pressure cooker.


  7. Add enough water to the cooker and cook for 4 whistles.
  8. Chop 3/4 th onion finely.
  9. Chop 2 Roma tomatoes finely.
  10. Take 3-4 tbsp butter in a pan. Sautee onions till transparent. Add tomatoes and cook till soft.

  11. Add salt to taste, 1 tsp chili powder, 3-4 tbsp Pavbhaji Masala. Cook for a minute.
  12.  Open the pressure cooker, mash the sprouts and veggies.
  13. Add this mashed mixture to the pan with onion and tomatoes.

  14. Add 1/2 Green bell pepper cut into big cubes or round rings.
  15. Stir well . Add salt to taste, water if necessary. Cook till oil is floated on top of the curry.
  16. The bell pepper will be softened but will have a bite to it. This goes perfect with the curry texture.
  17. Turn off the stove. Add 2 tbsp lemon juice or adjust. Add chopped cilantro optionally.
  18. Serve with Pav or Naan or Poori.

Tips:
  • You can make it with Soaked Green gram, no sprouts.
  • Adjust butter, spices according to your taste. You can use oil instead butter to make it Vegan.But it might lose it's rich taste.
  • The curry gets thickened as it gets cold.If any left over, refrigerate, add water and re heat to use again.

Instant Pot Recipe and Video



  • Soak 1/2 cup Green gram/ Mung beans in water, first thing in the morning.Or you can leave them over night.
  • After 8 hrs drain the beans and place them in a wet, clean cloth, twist the cloth to close. Keep it aside. You can also simply place them in a box, cover tight with a lid.
  • You will see small sprouts by morning. If you want, you can keep them in there longer to get longer sprouts.
  • Chop 1/2 onion into small pieces.
  • Chop 2 tomatoes into small pieces.
  • Chop 2 medium size potatoes and 2 Carrots roughly. 
  • Grate ginger garlic or use paste. Need about tbsp.
  • Press Saute' button on Instant Pot, Normal mode for 15 minutes.
  • Add 4 tbsp butter to the Inner pot.
  • Add chopped onions  to the pan. 
  • Saute till they turn slight brown in color. Add  1tbsp freshly grated Ginger garlic  or paste. I use a cheese grater to do this.
  • Add chopped Tomatoes. cook till soft. Used 2 tomatoes. 
  • Add salt to taste, 1 tsp chili powder, 4 tbsp Pavbhaji Masala. I like to use Everest or MDH brand Pavbhaji Masala and they are really flavorful. My chili powder is ground fresh from Red chillies and sent to me from India. If buying store bought, always go for Organic. 
  • Cook the mixture for a minute.


  • Now add chopped Potatoes, Chopped Carrots and soaked, sprouted Green whole Moong (Green gram) to the pot.You can add other veggies of your choice like Cauliflower, Green belpepper, Beans. Add 2 cups water.
  • Press Cancel button on Instant Pot control panel.
  • Close Lid.
  • Turn Pressure valve to Steam mode.
  • Cook for 15 minutes, Pressure cook mode,High pressure, Manual release after 10 minutes.
  • Mash everything with a Masher or hand blender. Keep it coarse with little bit chunks in between. You do not need to puree it. I use this masher as shown in above recipe video. 



  • Squeeze 2 tbsp lemon juice optionally. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve with butter laden Pan/Dinner rolls or Burger buns. You can also serve with Naan, Poori.
  • Top Bhaji with chopped Onions, green onions (optionally). Squeeze lemon juice as per your preference.

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