Mung beans, might sound like something completely new to most people, but they’ve actually been used in Ayurveda diets in India for centuries! Mung beans are considered a cherished food in ancient Indian practices, that’s been used as a medicine since 1 500 B.C. These little green beans are filled with protein, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients, for such a small bean they sure do pack a nutritional punch! No wonder they are used as medicine.
When I think about Mung beans I think about the one time Carl and I were shopping in an Asian Supermarket somewhere, and without paying much attention to the floor, because who really looks at the floor in a grocer, I stepped on a ripped open bag of mung beans, I remember just really crushing them with my feet, I continued walking like nothing happen just to see Carl looking just as confused as I was, about what he just stepped on. After a lot of giggling we continued on with our shopping, only to go back to that same section to see a worker scooping up all the mung beans, sealing it, reweighing it and putting it back on the shelf. Since that day I only buy things that are really sealed and I really, really wash my rice and legumes! Let that be a lesson to everyone! Unless you like the taste of shoe with your bean! Wash all your legumes like someone might have stepped on it somewhere!
These fritters don’t taste like dirty shoe, they taste amazing, unless of course you’re into the dirty shoe taste! Is quick to prepare after the soak! and is accompanied with the most amazing peach chutney! The chutney compliments the spices of the fritters amazingly is sugar free, raw and will just make you want to dip everything you can find. If you love Indian food you will love this recipe.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MUNG BEANS
- Helps lower high blood pressure.
- Contains antioxidants that fight cancer development.
- Provides a high amount of Protein
- Can help prevent type 2 diabetes
- Boost Immunity and protect against viral infections
- High source of vitamins and minerals. Mung beans are loaded with folate, magnesium, b vitamins, manganese, zinc and calcium. That’s a whole lot of goodness in one small little bean.
- Helps with weight loss
- Can help decrease PMS symptoms.
- Easy to digest.
Why you should soak your legumes? when you soak your beans overnight and rinse them well, it makes them easier to digest and takes away the gassy element that beans sometimes gives you. It also helps remove phytic acid that can cause tooth decay.
MUNG BEAN FRITTERS – 18 fritters
- 1 cup mung beans soaked in enough water to cover it overnight
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 1 tsp cumin seed
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1 cup chard or kale leaves
- 1 medium carrot grated
- 1 small zucchini, grated
- 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro optional
- salt and pepper to taste
- oil for frying
Blend the soaked and rinsed well mung beans with the water, garlic,cumin seed and kale, until it looks like a smooth pancake batter. Add more water if it needs to be a little less thick.
Stir in the coriander, turmeric, ginger, carrot, zucchini, green onions and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat some coconut oil, in a large skillet over medium high heat and spoon the mixture onto the hot skillet, I try to get them to be all nice and flat by smoothing them out at this stage. Cook about 3 – 4 at a time. Cook for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Continue until the batter is done.
- 2 peaches, chopped
- 1 tsp raisins
- 1 tsp goji berries – optional, or just add more raisins
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp liquid sweetener
- 1/4 tsp fresh ginger
- pinch cinnamon
- pinch ground cardamom
- pinch cayenne pepper
- pinch coriander
- fresh cilantro
Place everything in a blender and blend until blended together, but not completely smooth. Taste and adjust spices. Serve on top of the fritters. YUM!