Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut (Sundal)

Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut (Sundal)

Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut, infused with Indian spices, has a scrumptious earthy flavor. Sprouting makes the beans super nutritious and more digestible.

 

ABOUT INDIAN SUNDAL RECIPE AND LEGUMES

 

Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut is an adapted version of a popular south Indian recipe, known as Sundal. It is often served as a snack and at special occasions. Sundal is light, easy, nutritious, flavorful and has a nice spicy kick to it. I like the coconutty taste of it. This salad is also vegan and gluten free.

 

Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut, infused with Indian spices has a scrumptious earthy flavor. Sprouting makes the legumes super nutritious and more digestible. With high fiber and plant protein. Vegan and gluten free.

 

Photography: bijansviewfinder.com

 

A while ago when I was talking to my sister about my blog, she recommended me to try a Sundal recipe. Here, I used mixed legumes, which include beans and lentils, to add variety in taste and texture. And further sprouted them. You can see below why sprouting is SO beneficial.

 

Legumes are a great source of plant protein, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber. The soluble fiber in legumes is especially valued for its effect in lowering LDL cholesterol levels. When beans and lentils replace other carbohydrate rich foods, they have been found to lower post prandial glucose elevations. Legumes can be used to make satisfying and filling salads such as my Yogurt Chickpea Salad with Veggie chips and Spiced Lentil Salad with Avocado.

 

Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut, infused with Indian spices has a scrumptious earthy flavor. Sprouting makes the legumes super nutritious and more digestible. With high fiber and plant protein. Vegan and gluten free.

 

Photography: bijansviewfinder.com

 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPROUTS SALAD

 

Sprouted legumes are nutritionally superior to their non-sprouted cousins. The process of sprouting deactivates certain non-nutritional factors in legumes and makes the nutrients more bioavailable. It also leads to an increase in certain minerals and antioxidants such as vitamin C, but a slight reduction in the amount of carbohydrates.

 

Furthermore, sprouting of beans causes an increase in certain enzymes, sulphoraphane, sulphoraphene, isothiocyanates, glucosinolates and such, which have all been associated with cancer prevention.

 

However, eating beans does not seem too desirable to some people because of a side effect – increase in gas production, which is caused by oligosaccharides. And legumes have a lot of those. But no worries, sprouting is a great way to lower oligosaccharides and get rid of the big bloat!

 

Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut, infused with Indian spices has a scrumptious earthy flavor. Sprouting makes the legumes super nutritious and more digestible. With high fiber and plant protein. Vegan and gluten free.

 

Photography: bijansviewfinder.com

 

PREPARTION TIPS FOR MIXED SPROUTS SALAD

 

I know, a lot of people are worried about the food safety risks associated with sprouts. Yes, it is true that the conditions of sprouting – warmth and moistness – means also a good situation for bacterial growth. But worry not!

 

First, we are cooking the sprouts in this recipe and so it will be perfectly safe. And it is important to clean and rinse as suggested in the recipe. If the conditions of warmth and moistness are optimal, then the beans and lentils will sprout in just some hours. But if it takes a bit longer, do rinse the legumes in between. You can check out more step by step pictures.

 

Make sure to discard the water after the beans and lentils have soaked well. This is yet another way to get rid of those pesky oligosaccharides.

 

Soaking and then sprouting – what a great way to get all the wonderful nutrition of beans and lentils. Try this easy Mixed Sprouts Salad recipe and enjoy the tropical flavors while getting the health benefits! Another Indian lentil inspiration for you is my Red Lentil Soup.

 

Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut, infused with Indian spices has a scrumptious earthy flavor. Sprouting makes the legumes super nutritious and more digestible. With high fiber and plant protein. Vegan and gluten free.

 

Photography: bijansviewfinder.com

 

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

 

Have you sprouted beans before? Do you have any questions about it?

 

Do you like Indian food? What are some of your favorite Indian recipes?

 

Did you try this easy Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut?

 

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Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut, infused with Indian spices has a scrumptious earthy flavor. Sprouting makes the legumes super nutritious and more digestible. With high fiber and plant protein. Vegan and gluten free.

 

Photography: bijansviewfinder.com

 

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Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut, infused with Indian spices has a scrumptious earthy flavor. Sprouting makes the legumes super nutritious and more digestible. With high fiber and plant protein. Vegan and gluten free.
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MIXED SPROUTS SALAD WITH COCONUT (SUNDAL)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 

Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut, infused with Indian spices has a scrumptious earthy flavor. Sprouting makes the beans super nutritious and more digestible.


Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 10
Calories: 193 kcal
Author: Roxana Begum, PhD, RD
INGREDIENTS
  • 2/3 cup chickpeas dry
  • 2/3 cup mung beans dry
  • 2/3 cup lentils dry
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups coconut fresh, grated
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup shallots chopped
  • 1/4 cup radish shredded
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 3 tablespoons jalapeno or green chilies*, chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons peanut oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon mustard seeds or cumin seeds*
  • 6 to 8 leaves curry leaves
  • 3 to 4 red chilies dry*
  • 1 tablespoon ginger grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice adjust per taste
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes Aleppo variety*, optional
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pinch asafoetida optional*
INSTRUCTIONS
SPROUTING THE LEGUMES
  1. Clean and rinse the lentils, mung beans, and chickpeas. Then soak in 2 to 3 times of water in volume - overnight and in separate bowls.


  2. Discard the water, rinse and drain well.


  3. Transfer each of the drained legumes to a separate cheese cloth. Gather the cloth ends and loosely bundle it, making sure to allow air to enter.


    Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut, infused with Indian spices has a scrumptious earthy flavor. Sprouting makes the legumes super nutritious and more digestible. With high fiber and plant protein. Vegan and gluten free.
  4. Place the legume bundle in a colander and then in a warm dark place. I place it in the center of a oven that is not preheated. Sometimes I do turn on the oven at 350 degrees F, only for 1 to 2 minutes and turn it off. This is just to make sure the temperature inside is warm (above 75 degree F, like summer), but not HOT.


    Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut, infused with Indian spices has a scrumptious earthy flavor. Sprouting makes the legumes super nutritious and more digestible. With high fiber and plant protein. Vegan and gluten free.
  5. Let the legumes sprout for about 8 hours or more. Check every 3 to 4 hours and sprinkle some water. Sprouting requires warm and moist conditions.


  6. Mung beans usually sprout quicker - 6 to 8 hours. Chickpeas may take longer, 12 hours or more.


    Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut, infused with Indian spices has a scrumptious earthy flavor. Sprouting makes the legumes super nutritious and more digestible. With high fiber and plant protein. Vegan and gluten free.
SPROUTS SALAD PREPARATION
  1. Take the sprouted legumes and cook them in 3 times water in volume, until soft and well done, but not mushy. Drain any leftover liquid (may use it in other stews/soups).


  2. Let the cooked legumes cool a little and transfer to a salad preparation bowl. Then add the coconut, carrots, shallots, radish, cilantro and jalapeno* (or green chilies).


  3. In a small sauce pan heat the oil. Then add the mustard seeds. Once they start popping (make sure to not let burn), add the dry red chilies*, curry leaves and stir couple minutes.


  4. Then add the grated ginger and stir. Add asafoetida* if you prefer. Next add the lemon juice and salt to taste. Add the red chili flakes* if you prefer.


  5. Add this seasoning mixture to the salad ingredients and combine well. Adjust the seasonings, salt and lemon juice. Garnish with fresh herbs, shredded carrots and coconut.


  6. Enjoy this "Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut" just as a salad or as a side dish.


RECIPE NOTES

I use jalapeno or mild green chilies, mild dry red chilies and Aleppo red pepper flakes. All of these add flavor and are pungent. Adjust these according to how hot/pungent you like the salad. Aleppo red pepper flakes are relatively mild but flavorful.

 

Traditionally, mustard seeds are used to season this salad. If you do not like mustard seeds, you may try using cumin seeds.

 

Asafoetida is an Indian spice used in the traditional recipes and it can be an acquired taste for some. If you do not like it, you may skip it.

 

Mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chilies and asafoetida are available in Indian grocery stores. You may check online too.

 

Here is another Indian version for a sprouts salad.

 

NUTRITION FACTS

Servings: 10 Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories 193, Total Fat 5 g (Saturated Fat 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1 g), Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium* 16 mg, Potassium 423 mg, Phosphorus 170 mg, Total Carbohydrate 27 g, Dietary Fiber 10 g, Sugars 4 g, Protein 10 g

 

* Not including added salt.

 

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Abby
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Love this recipe! Sprouted legumes and grains are so healthy and delicious!!

Lauren O\'Connor
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Gorgeous dish!! This recipe has my taste buds tingling – the coconut, indian spices, mung beans…. And I love sprouted legumes! Mmmm

Abbey Sharp
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Yum! I love the idea of coconut in my salad. Looks delicious too

Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
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Love the presentation! I’d imagine this would taste even better eaten out of a coconut bowl!

Shannon @ KISS in the Kitchen
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Looks so colorful and flavorful!

Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
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I’ve never sprouted my own beans before and you’ve got me excited to try!! This recipe looks amazing!

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