The salad is what you eat first with your eyes and then your mouth. No? This is the healthiest part of your meal. The eye-soothing salad is an appetizer too which attracts you the most with its colourful ingredients. As many as veggies or fruits you think can make a healthy salad
This spouted moong dal salad with some other veggies does not make you feel guilty after having it. This is the best appetizer just before the main course. Sometimes I make this in breakfast too. The sprouted moong dal, used in this salad is the healthiest one among all lentils, a storehouse of vitamin C and protein which is good for growing kids, that’s why I include this dal a lot in my regular menu.
For this salad, I have steamed the moong dal to bring it to a softer consistency. But one can add this dal to the salad without steaming. In fact, if you don’t steam the dal, it adds a crunch to the salad along with cucumbers, radish and juicy tomatoes. I have kept the dressing very simple with a dash of black peppercorn and lemon juice.
Course – salad/Appetizer
Prep Time – 10 Min
Cook Time – 5 Min
Total Time – 20 Min
Yield – 4 Servings
Author – Bharti Dhawan
1- Sprouted moong (steamed or parboiled) – 1 cup
2- Cubed cucumbers – 1/4 cup
3- Cheery tomatoes (cut into halves) – 1/4cup
4- Red or white radish (sliced) – 1/4 cup (I used red ones)
5- Radish leaves(torn by hand) – a few
6- Juice of 1 lemon for dressing
7- Black pepper powder – 1 tsp
Instructions for moong sprout
1- To grow moong sprouts you would need to soak dal for 4 hours or overnight
2- Add soaked whole moong dal in a kitchen towel and make a packet of it. Keep this packet near a window where it gets sufficient air and sunlight. Make sure that the kitchen towel is wet all the time. Within 2 days the sprouts will grow
3- This moong sprout is ready to use raw or you can steam or parboil with a little salt and turmeric powder til it comes to a softer consistency.
4- Take a bowl and add all the ingredients to it mentioned above
Add lemon juice and sprinkle some pepper powder just before serving
5- The super healthy and tasty sprouted moong dal salad is ready to eat