Happy breakfasts aren’t always about sunny side up or Protein shakes; you can also whip up something extremely tasty and quick with the humble moong dal. when you follow a darling protocol and you have to watch your portion of millet, fast foods add a lot of convenience. Today’s recipe will take you five minutes, if not less, and you’ll have a dish packed with flavor and nutrition.
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And, if you’ve been meaning to add more protein, try this quick hack. I enjoy this simple breakfast with spicy buttermilk (masala chaach) or sometimes with my morning green juice. If you start your day with something as simple as this, you have the freedom to make an elaborate meal for lunch.
Try this quick chat and improvise with your favorite vegetables. Instead of tofu, you can opt for cottage cheese or even boiled eggs.
chaat green moon
Ingredients (4 servings):
– 2 cups of boiled moong (whole green gram)
– 2 medium boiled potatoes (chunks)
– 2 medium tomatoes (finely chopped)
– 1 green chilli (finely chopped)
– 2-inch ginger (grated)
– ½ cup tofu (cubed)
– Himalayan pink salt to taste
– 1 teaspoon cumin powder
– ½ teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
– ½ teaspoon abana chaat masala (optional)
– Juice of 2 lemons
– 1 cup of fresh coriander and mint leaves
1. Soak a whole cup of moong (green gram) overnight and in the morning, wash it well and boil it with double the water and optimum salt and turmeric.
2. You can pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles and let the pot depressurize naturally. You can also cook in an open container with a little more water and cook until the moong beans are tender but not soggy. You can sift the extra water and collect it for your soups or curries for lunch.
3. Once cooled, add all the vegetables, green chili, ginger, and tofu. I also tried this recipe with chunks of burrata cheese and kalari and it came out wonderful.
4. Add all the spices, followed by the lemon juice and fresh mint and coriander leaves.
5. Serve cool with spicy buttermilk or sattu drink. You can also pair it with your morning juice or a fruit plate.
Health Benefits of Green Moong Dal
Moong beans are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which can provide many health benefits. They can protect against heat stroke, support digestive health, promote weight loss, and lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.
Green moong dal is rich in high-quality protein with high digestibility and is an excellent source of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and essential fatty acids.
(Shalini Rajani is a millet trainer and founder of Crazy Kadchi. She runs innovative millet cooking workshops and gluten-free sourdough baking workshops for all age groups.)
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