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Mixed sprouts can be a combination of sprouted moong bean, amaranth, aniseed, barley, basil, lima bean, chickpeas, dill, fenugreek, flax seed, green lentils, black-eyed peas, green peas etc.
Sprouts can grow from the seeds of vegetables such as broccoli and radish, from grains such as alfalfa and buckwheat, and from beans such as lentils and soybeans. These sprouts vary in texture and taste. Some are spicy like radish and onion sprouts, some are hardy, standing up to brief cooking like moong bean and soybean, while others are more delicate like alfalfa and pea, and used in salads and sandwiches to add texture and moistness. The flavours range from a garden-fresh sweet pea to a mild radish. Hence, a combination of mixed sprouts will give different colours, flavours, and textures, giving a subtle nutty flavour and an appealing mouth-feel.
Boiled and crushed mixed sprouts
To boil mixed sprouts, boil enough water in a deep pan, add a pinch of salt and add the sprouts, cover and cook till they turn soft and tender. Alternatively, you can also place them in a sieve and then place on a stand in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 1-2 whistles or till they are cooked well. Once boiled, cool and grind in a mixer into a coarse mixture and use as per the recipe requirement.
How to Select
Boiled mixed sprouts
It is always beneficial to sprout and boil each item separately. and then mix them as each bean or lentil takes a different time for cooking. Do not overcook any of the sprouts as it will lose its identity and turn mushy.
• Choose crisp sprouts with firm, moist, white roots. Do not buy musty-smelling, dark, or slimy sprouts.Culinary Uses
• A colourful snack, so easy and versatile to use in many delicious recipes.
• Mixed sprouts make a healthy salad, are great to make sandwiches with, and an excellent addition to dips, soups and casseroles, especially for vegans and vegetarians.
• Sprouts are popular in Indian, Chinese, Mexican and Korean cuisine in tasty dishes such as Falafel and Bhel Puri.
• Best eaten raw, they are quick and easy to use straight from your fridge. As sprouts are not cut and are still living, their cell walls remain intact. So do their nutrients! They remain fresh and delicious with a crunchy texture throughout their shelf life.
• Sprouts make delicious sandwich fillings. They are ideal for filling fajitas and wraps, for adding to stir-fries, sprinkling on soups, stirring into casseroles – in short, the perfect ingredient to enhance your healthy diet.
• As for salads, they go well with creamy dressings made with tofu, yoghurt or mayonnaise. Nutty and delicious mixed sprouts together with fresh orange pieces, walnuts and raisins make a wonderful fruit and nut salad.How to Store
• Store sprouts in the vegetable crisper for up to 3 days and use as soon as possible.
• It should be refrigerated in a ventilated plastic container.Health Benefits
• A balanced blend of sprouts provides a crisp and crunchy medley of flavours and textures.
• A rich source of vitamins, proteins and fibre, which is available all year round.
• Sprouts are live food, comprising essential and balanced nutrients.
• Sprouts are a powerful source of antioxidants in the form of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, which assist in protecting the body from free radical damage. Free radicals are created in our body by some foods, some cooking oils, preservatives, artificial colours, flavours, additives, and other substances in our environment.
• Sprouts are alkaline and have an alkalising affect in the body. If we desire health, the body needs to be alkaline. The immune system is made strong by high alkaline and alkalising foods.
• Sprouts are a good source of essential fatty acids (EFA). The average diet is generally deficient in EFA. These fatty acids are essential to life, perform many vital body functions and play a major role in immune defences.
• Sprouts are one of the highest food sources of fibre, essential for good health. High fibre foods make us chew more slowly and make us feel more satisfied.
• Chlorophyll-rich foods are our most powerful blood cleansers and blood builders. Sprouts grown to the chlorophyll-rich two-leaf stage have been shown to be effective in overcoming protein-deficiency anaemia.
• Sprouts are low in calories, and are an ideal source of nutrients for weight watchers.
• Sprouts have a low glycemic index (GI), which makes sprouts valuable for health.
• Sprouts can overall be termed as “Preventive Medicine”.