Here we are. Today is the first day of our mega marathon for protein rich dishes. Like I said yesterday, I want to showcase as many protein sources for vegetarians as possible. There will be 2-3 recipes with eggs but no more. So, the plan is to have lentil based dishes for the two days this week and the whole of next week.
We start with a simple and nutritious sprouted mung soup. It is delicious, if I may say so myself. The best part of this dish was that I could mix it with some rice and feed the daughter who has a problem with the word, ‘soup’. Even if you give her ice cream and call it soup, my guess is she would refuse it. Maybe I need a new name. Until then, I find new ways to get some soup into her.
Mung beans is said to contain 24% protein which is significant. According to ‘A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food’ by K.T.Achaya, an old lost plant form first gave rise to two forms of Vigna sublobata (botanical name for beans), one of which evolved to black gram / urad dal and the other to green gram / mung dal. Now that I think about it, they do look similar. Mung, as per Buddha, is part of the food group which are ‘full of soul qualities’ and ‘devoid of faults’. If that is not recommendation enough, then what is?
Protein – Mung beans
Recipe adapted from here
Serves 4 -5 people
WHAT WE NEED
Mung sprouts 1 cup
Cabbage, grated 1/2 cup
Carrot, small & finely chopped 1
Capsicum, finely chopped 1
Garlic cloves 3-4
Oil 1/2 tsp
Cornflour 2 tsp
Soy sauce 1 tsp
Vinegar 1 tsp
Vegetable stock 2 cups
WHAT TO DO
- Boil the mung sprouts in 3 cups of water for 4-5 minutes till it is cooked al dente (cooked but not cooked till mashable consistency)
- Drain the water and save it for later
- Heat oil in a pan and add the garlic
- Once the garlic starts browning, add the mung sprouts, cabbage, carrots and capsicum and toss it
- Stir fry for 2-3 minutes
- Add the vegetable stock and 1 cup of water used to cook the mung sprouts
- Let it come to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes
- Mix the cornflour with a little water to form a paste
- Add salt, soy sauce, vinegar and cornflour paste and stir well
- Simmer for 5 minutes
- Serve hot with some bread for a wholesome meal
This is my post for the first day of the Mega Marathon for Protein Rich Dishes.