It’s that time of the year when most schools make their annual picnic. To make sure your child is ready for a trip away from home, pack them snacks that will keep them going through the day. Choose natural, nutritious ingredients that will give them that boost of energy they’ll need to help them make the most of the experience.
The humble moong is not just affordable and nutritious, but delicious and versatile too. Keep reading and you’ll find there’s more to moong than the standard dal preparation.
Containing protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds, moong offers balanced nutrition all on its own. Boiled moong offers a protein content of over 7%, fibre content of about 8% and a 19.15% carbohydrate content. It is one of the best sources of plant-based protein. Moong dal is also rich in essential amino acids, which your body is unable to produce on its own. Moong dal is also rich in flavonoids and phenolic acids which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Although moong comes with certain antinutritional factors, their effects can be combated through cooking, germination, fermentation or dehulling. Moong beans also contain potassium, magnesium and fibre, which have been linked to lower blood pressure levels in adults.
Moong dal is derived from whole green gram which is split with the skins removed. Archaeological evidence shows that green gram was grown on the banks of the rivers Krishna and Godavari as early as the 2nd millennium. It is also mentioned by its Sanskrit names, ‘Mudga’ and ‘Mudgaparni’ in the ancient texts of Rigveda and Yajurveda. Such is the intricate connection of green gram and moong dal with India and its cuisine. Ayurveda considers moong dal as one of the most nourishing-yet-easy to digest foods. It is said to balance all three doshas and one of the best foods to eat after a long period of fasting.
The mung bean or moong has outstanding nutritional properties that will most definitely revolutionize the way you eat! Scientifically known as Vigna radiata, the green gram is a minuscule green-hued legume and is the tiniest component of the bean family. The moong is consumed in a host of ways around the globe, making it a super versatile legume.