Posted on November 28, 2012

Mung Bean Sprouts

  • Makes 1½ cups 
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  • ½ cup whole mung beans
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste, optional


Soak the mung beans in 1 cup filtered water overnight. Spread a clean, damp cloth in a large bowl. Drain the water from the beans and spread them on the cloth. Fold the corners of the cloth over the beans to cover them. Place the bowl in a cool place away from sunlight. Dampen the cloth every 6 hours. The beans will sprout to about ½-centimeter sprouts in 12 hours.

Once the beans have sprouted, rinse them thoroughly in clean water. Boil the sprouts in 2 cups of water with the turmeric and salt for 10 minutes, or until the sprouts soften a little. Drain the sprouts and set them aside.

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Del Sroufe

Chef Del Sroufe is co-owner and executive chef of Wellness Forum Foods, a whole-food, plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan. Del teaches cooking classes and helps people transition to a healthy plant-based diet.

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