- By Sahana Rajan
Considered asa medicine in naturopathy, sprouts have been known to purify blood and also increase the strength of body immunity. One can make sprouts out of peas, fenugreek, alfalfa, green gram, soyabean, wheat, among others. You can also use garbanzo beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, and split peas for a sprout salad. Sprouts contain high amount of vitamin C which helps in healthy hair. It keeps away hair related illnesses like hirsutism, malepattern baldness,and alopecia. Sprouts are known to advance blood supply throughout the body, bringing about hair growth. Sprouts also contain zinc which plays an important role in generation of sebum in the scalp. This keeps the hair, scalp, and roots at optimum level of hydration.
Did you know that selenium in sprouts fights off Malassezia? Malassezia is a fungus which casts off dry fragments from your scalp, causing dandruff. Regular consumption of sprouts can put a stop to dandruff and itchiness in scalp.
Step 1: Sprouting the Lentils
Start your preparation by soaking the lentils (chickpea or muth lentil) in plain water for about 7-9 hours. Post this, drain the water and let them stay for about 10 hours. This will be the time when the sprouts would have begun to germinate and you can see them sprouting. This is the span where the beans have a high level of proteins coupled with softening of their body. Remember that different types of lentils take varying amount of time to sprout.
Step 2: Sauté the Sprouts
Heat olive oil in pan and stir fry the sprouts for about a minute. This will eliminate any bacterial growth on it. Add black pepper and salt.
Step 3: Add herbs
Make a mix of the following herbs: Black and white peppercorns, nutmeg and mace, cloves, cumin, cinnamon, bay leaf, cloves and black and green cardamom(this mix is commonly called garam masala in India). Blend the mix with sprouts.
Step 4: Preparing the vegetables
Chop vegetables such as cucumber, cabbage, carrot, tomato, and onion. Pitch in a few mintleaves and sprinkle with fresh lemon juice.