Last week, I saw a pack of mixed lentil sprouts being sold in one of the shops nearby . It was quite pricey! The quality of the lentils was just OK but people were still buying them!
We can sprout lentil at home and it just needs 5 minutes of our time!Nature does the rest of the job…
The process of sprouting increases the nutritive value of the lentil/ bean by several folds.Sprouting also makes the lentils easy to digest and the nutrients are better assimilated.
How to Sprout Lentils at Home | Homemade Sprouts
Take the required quantity of bean / lentils in a bowl and soak it in plenty of water.Cover and set aside overnight / 8-10 hours. Then drain and discard the water.
Spread a thin cotton/ muslin cloth and place the soaked lentils on it . Bring the edges together and tie a loose knot on top. Place this in a container.Cover and keep aside in the dark corner of the kitchen. Do not place it where it is exposed to direct sunlight.
The next day or a little after that sprouting occurs.Sprinkle a little water twice a day and cover and keep till sprouts reach 1/4″ length.
Remove from the cloth and transfer the sprouts into a container and use as needed.
I had a little of many varieties of beans .I soaked them all together and made this batch of sprouts.
- You can use one variety or many varieties of lentils
- The other way of making sprouts is keeping the soaked lentils in a glass jar and sprinkling water regularly.Take care not to add too much water as it may rot the sprouts.
- The time taken for sprouting depends on the variety of lentil / beans and also on the climatic conditions.
It is not just the lentils / beans that you can sprout at home. Fenugreek, alfalfa , wheat, barley,buckwheat, amaranth etc. can also be sprouted in the similar manner.
Take a look at the recipes that are made with sprouts. Start sprouting lentils / legumes/ or anything that catches your fancy and add an extra bit of health to your family’s diet.