Eating salads is always a healthy choice, be it with your meals or just by themselves. Stand alone salads are not a regular feature in India, though it is picking up as more youngsters get health conscious. Anyhow, Indians too have been eating salads for a long time although with their regular meals. As children, we always used to have cucumber (kheera), tomatoes, onions with our everyday food. Apart from just these, there are other vegetable leaves, nuts, croutons, sprouts and sometimes meat that can be added to the salad to make it a more filling and balanced meal. Since the longest time, I love to add sprouts to my salad. Sprouting is a simple practice of germinating seeds. I use this practice to sprout moong beans which can be added with some other ingredients to come up with a wonderful salad, which goes well with the Indian palate. This sprout salad can be eaten stand alone or with regular meals, the lemon gives a nice tangy flavor while chaat masala can be added if you want to make it more like a chaat. Here is a simple recipe to create your own sprout salad and add it to your and your kids meal.
- Moong bean sprouts – 1 cup
- Onion – 1 (very finely chopped)
- Tomato – 1 (very finely chopped)
- Green chili – 1 (finely chopped)
- Fresh coriander – 1 tbsp (chopped)
- Salt to taste
- Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
- Chaat masala – 1 tsp (optional)
How to make Sprout Salad
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Refrigerate for half an hour before serving.
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