The benefits of Moong dal have always been known, but the beauty of this legume is that it still retains all its nutrients even after being juiced
The humble Moong – the little green gram dal usually gets ignored in Indian kitchens when pitched against its more colourful cousins like the Arhar (pigeon peas), Malka Masoor (red split lentils), Urad (split black lentils or black gram) or the loftier Rajma (red beans), Choley (chick peas), Kala Chana (black chick peas) and Lobhia (the black eyed bean). The truth is the Green Gram is full of amazing nutrients, packs a tasteful punch because it is naturally sweet and lends itself to a variety of dishes. It is not only great when sprouted, but also when it is juiced.
This dal is available as either fresh sprouts or dried beans. Maharashtra is the largest producer of Moong followed by Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Tamil Nadu.
Believed to have originated in the Indian sub-continent, the Moong has been cultivated in Indian homes as early as 1500 BC. Alternatively known as Mudra in Sanskrit; as Vigna Radiata in its scientific form; Mooga in Konkani and Monggo in the Philippines, the Moong belongs to the legume family. It was introduced to Southern Asia, Africa, the Americas and the West Indies much later.
Servings: 4-5 glasses
The green Moong contains complex carbs and lots of fibre. The complex carbohydrates prevent sugar levels from spiking after meals, while the fibre naturally supports digestion. Not only that, Moong is rich in protein as well and aids in new cell formation and repair of worn out cells. It helps in blood circulation, reducing blood pressure while keeping the arteries clear. Zinc and anti-oxidants in the green gram are great for skin and essential for healthy eyes. The Vitamin A in Moong helps in treating night blindness and also aids in building bones. Vitamin B1 in Moong extracts energy from the food we consume and converts it into ATP or Adenosine Triphosphate, which is the biochemical responsible for storing and using energy. The high iron content of Moong helps reduce the risk of anaemia.
It is said that consuming a cup of Moong provides 28 per cent of protein to an adult body. It is a great option for healthy weight loss.