Sprouted Green Gram and Pear salad

This is less of a recipe and more of a combination of healthful ingredients, inspired by a feta cheese and field greens salad that I ate a couple of weeks back at a friend’s wedding.
Being the cheese hater that I am (pardon me cheese lovers!), I adapted it to suit my taste by swapping cheese with my favorite sprouted green grams and including pear, the autumn fruit.

I find sprouting – every aspect of it from cleansing the seeds, to draining the excess water, to wrapping it in wet cloth, to providing the right environment, to be deeply satisfying, almost meditative.
There’s something so magical about sprouting where in we get to witness nature’s most basic visual proof of life and a symbolic of the circle of life in its simplest everyday form..
Through germination,  a dried legume acquires such superior nutritional qualities that it transforms itself into a wonder food of sorts in just a matter of couple of days.
No wonder then, sprouting increases the protein content of green grams (or pulses in general), which propels them to come very close to a complete protein as compared to what they are otherwise. It also reduces their flatulence causing properties and are better digested when compared to their raw form. Sprouts contain much chlorophyll and are best consumed fresh than cooked.
You see why sprouts would make an excellent addition to your diet?
May be this is the reason why in most parts of South India,  green gram is the legume of choice introduced as the first of solid foods in the form of cereal for babies.
One of my other favorite uses of green gram is in ground form – it is an excellent natural soap for face and body which keeps skin soft and supple without any dryness. For the same reason, it is used for bathing just born babies and yes, I have used it for my little girl too!
Spiced pecans and cranberries give this salad a much-needed twist from the usual. Tartness of the cranberries, freshness and crunch of the sprouts, spicy bite of the pecans and mellow sweetness from pear along with lemon juice and spices makes this salad quite unique. With pecans and pears, this salad screams ‘autumn’ from the rooftop.
Pomegranates  are in season, so you could experiment with the red rubies as well. Alfalfa might make a great substitute too, I’ll have to try it next time..
How do you like to eat your sprouts?

Sprouted green gram and Pear salad with spiced pecans and cranberries Recipe

Printable Recipe

Things you’ll need:
  • 1/2 cup green gram
  • 1 bartlette pear, sliced thin
  • 1 carrot, julienne grated
  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • 2 tbsp cranberries
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ground black pepper
  • paprika
  • red chilli flakes
  • sea salt
  • cilantro
How it’s done:
Wash the green gram well and soak overnight in plenty of water. Next morning, drain the water and wrap the soaked green gram in wet paper towels or soft cotton/cheese cloth. Keep it in a big bowl, cover and let sit in a draft free area (neither chill nor hot) for a day or two until well sprouted.
To roast the pecans, microwave in 30 sec intervals for about 2 mins and let cool. Once crisp, add a drop of oil, paprika and salt to taste and toss to coat well. I prefer to crush the sea salt in a mortar and pestle as it is slightly coarse.
For the dressing, whisk in equal quantities (or to your taste) of lemon juice and EVOO along with ground black pepper and red chilli flakes.
Toss everything together with the dressing, salt, roasted spiced pecans, cranberries and serve immediately.
Sprouted green gram stays well for up to 4-5 days when refrigerated

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19 thoughts on “Sprouted Green Gram and Pear salad

  1. swatisapna says:

    Hey Radhika! Your pictures make your dishes even more mouth-watering 😀 absolutely fantastic clicks… and a very unusual combination of pears and sprouts! must try …

  2. Plateful says:

    Like you, I’m not a big fan of cheese 🙂 The salad looks gorgeous, never tried pairing pears with bean sprouts and nuts. Usually make a stir-fry out of sprouts and occasionally use it in salads. Those photos are oh so beautiful!

  3. kankana says:

    U don’t like cheese !!! OMG !!! Rad .. i cannot stay without cheese 😦
    As for this post .. i too love sprouted green grams and enjoy it even in sandwich .. gorgeous photos like always 🙂

  4. Suma says:

    You don’t like cheese?? I love it and actually wear it on my waist :)) Sprouts are a favorite with me too and the addition of spiced pears and pecans must make this a gourmet salad. Envy you for having easy accessibility to all these! And as always, beautiful pictures!

    • Radhika says:

      Suma, envy me as much as you like.. But I’d envy you for hundred other things that I’m missing back home, now even more so as Diwali is just around the corner.. Guess we’re even? 🙂

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