Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Green Gram - The Popular Healthy Sprout

During my younger days, my mother used to feed me dishes which had green gram as a major ingredient. She used to say that eating these food kept one healthy and resistant to common ailments. I would have appreciated what she told, much better, if I was aware of the health giving qualities of this wonderful pulse which formed an essential ingredient in all her dishes.
Green gram arose in North-eastern India and there is a long history of its use throughout Asia. Its popularity stems not just from its medicinal and nutritional properties, but also from its adaptability to drought conditions and inferior soils. The nitrogen fixing bacteria in the plant's root help replenish the nitrogen content of the soil, which makes it a valuable inter-crop in rice and sugar cane cultivation.
Nutritional value of Green Gram (Per 100 grams)
Energy : 30 calories
Protein : 3 grams
Carbohydrate : 6 grams
Dietary Fiber : 2 grams
Health benefits
Unlike other pulses, green gram is free of flatulence-causing agents. This makes it an acceptable food for convalescents and pleasant weaning food for babies. The protein is especially rich in the amino acid, lysine, but it is somewhat deficient in sulphur-containing amino acids. The seeds are rich in calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, folate and other B Vitamins. They also contain appreciable amounts of Vitamin C.
Raw seeds are rich in trypsin-inhibitors that block the effects of protein digesting enzymes in the gut. Sprouted green gram has lower amounts of these inhibitors, but the best method to eliminate trypsin inhibitors is boiling. Cooking does not affect the protein profile of this seed.
Food Uses
Green gram's use in creating dishes is widely prevalent all over India. It is eaither used whole or split into dal. Whole green gram is the most popular sprout worldwide. Green gram in its split form is used to make khichdi, dal, barfi, payasam (a sweet dish) and other sweets. Deep fried and salted moong dal (green gram) is a popular Indian snack. Processed green gram is a common soup base, and gram flour is a common ingredient in many fried snacks.
Medicinal Uses
Chinese medicine uses green gram as a remedy for oedema, fever, headache and generalised anxiety, and as a diuretic. It is also a folk remedy for arsenic poisoning and other mineral toxins.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is one of those very few times I found the right information for which I am looking for on the INTERNET almost immediately. The article is simple and information covers almost everything one wants to know about the benifits of GREEN GRAM.

Anonymous said...

Very good Information !
I would also like to add something.
The Whole green gram Sprouts (soaked overnight, drained & spread over a dry plate) increases the protein content and can also be introduced as day time snack for people of all ages.

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Anonymous said...

The only thing I would like to add is that by substituting green gram for other types of lentils we forego the luxury of smelling our own fragrant faltulence.

Anonymous said...

My favourite is green grams stew served with chapati bread. Green green grams, forever!

Anonymous said...

If you say 100 gm of green grams has 3 gm protein, 4 gm of carbo and 2 gm of fiber, what about the remaining 89 gms of Green Grams? Is that fat? ....I am sure you are wrong in your estimates of protein and carbos in green grams.
Thanks, Pat.

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pelican16 said...

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,452 kJ (347 kcal)
Carbohydrates 62.62 g
Sugars 6.60 g
Dietary fiber 16.3 g
Fat 1.15 g
Protein 23.86 g
Vitamin C 4.8 mg (8%)
Calcium 132 mg (13%)
Magnesium 189 mg (51%
Phosphorus 367 mg (52%)
Potassium 1246 mg (27%)
Sodium 15 mg (1%)

Thahany said...

I got Just what i was searching for.

Pepal Tree said...

Thanks . I was introducing sprouted green grams for a reducing diet. I can go ahead now with confidence.

Anonymous said...

There is a very popular dish in south india (Pongal) which is absolutely delicious and also is in its entireity green gram. It does however cause you to Burp but not fart !!! hee hee

Kumar said...

When you lift entire passages from an article, please credit the original author.

Most of this article originally appeared in The Hindu on Jan 10 2005.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Boiling green gram along with a piece of sugar candy and taken empty stomach for a period of 3 to 4 weeks is helpful to cure Leukorrhea.

Hemant Bobby said...

Amazing information about the Green Gram.... its very rare to find information so straight to the point...i found every bit of answer i want about this sort of Gram... Good work..

Susan said...

thought green gram was purely a fattening legume..didn't know it had great benefits..thanks for providing this information

Anonymous said...

i was looking for something like this...my mom used to force me eat these sprouts wen i was a kid...never used to bother...i love the protein content in these.

jik said...

sprouted green gram is my all time favorite.