Sprouted Mung and Pomegranate Salad + Magazine subscriptions {10} GIVEAWAY

Sprouted Mung and Pomegranate Salad with grated coconut and Pink salt

mung sprouts pom salad

I know. The entire blogging world is displaying cakes, cookies and desserts of the best kinds and here I chose to speak about a salad, right? But lately, this is what I have been making a lot of, thanks to pomegranates being available in the stores in truck loads. Besides, Mr. K (that’s one of his endearments) loves when I pack this salad for his lunch. Handy lunch according to him, along with a bottle of protein shake to wash it down with. BTW, quite a many years back, this salad was on my wedding menu as well. That’s a food memory story I promise to share another day.

Wait. There’s more to this post. Something that might get you excited about!

mung sprouts pom salad plated


pink himalayan salt

There’s a lot I want to talk about Himalayan Pink salt. But, for this post, all you need to know is that I am smitten by its color and I will be forthright in saying that, that’s what got me to buy it in the first place. So pretty in pink, ain’t she?

Oh! The exciting part.. Shall come to it right away..

mung sprouts anar salad ed

sprouting mung beans

I have a GIVEAWAY to share with you.

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The winners of this giveaway are:

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  2. Sia | Monsoon Spice
  3. Swathi
  4. Rose from Magpie’s recipes
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  6. Heeral P
  7. Kulsum@journeykitchen
  8. Sukaina
  9. Soumya Bhat*
  10. Sayantani

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Sprouted Mung and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

Printable Recipe

makes about 1-1/2 cups salad

Things you’ll need:

1/4 cup mung beans / green gram

1/4 cup pomegranate arils

1-2 tbsp freshly grated coconut

a quarter lemon

few stems of cilantro

1 tbsp sultana raisins ~ optional

himalayan pink salt or sea salt

water for soaking

cheese cloth or soft cotton cloth or paper towel for sprouting

For the seasoning:

2 tsp peanut oil or any neutral oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

a pinch of hing / asafoetida

2 green chillies, broken in half ~ optional

How it’s done:


Wash the green grams well and soak overnight in plenty of water. Next morning, drain the water, give it a good rinse and wrap soaked mung beans in wet paper towels or soft cotton/cheese cloth. Place it in a big enough bowl, cover with a lid and let sit in a draft free warm spot for a day or two until well sprouted or about 1 cm. In winter, just pop it into the oven and let it sit there for a day or two, no preheating required.


For the seasoning, heat oil in a small kadai or skillet. When the oil is really hot and shimmering, add the mustard seeds. Oil is hot enough when the mustard seeds start spluttering as soon as you add them. Now add hing and green chillies and sauté until the chillies turn a pale white. Switch off and keep aside.

If using pink salt, grind coarse salt in a mortar and pestle for it to dissolve easily.

In a mixing bowl, toss in mung sprouts, pomegranate arils, grated coconut and sultana raisins optionally. Add the tempering, garnish with chopped cilantro, sprinkle some pink salt, squeeze some lemon juice and toss well to mix. Then, go grab your fork!

Tastes best served fresh immediately after preparing.


Sprouted green gram stays well for up to 4-5 days when refrigerated

Because Pink salt is expensive, I buy from a reputable brand sourced by fair means from TJ Maxx or Marshalls at bargain prices and tend to use it occasionally.

Treat yourself to more :


69 thoughts on “Sprouted Mung and Pomegranate Salad + Magazine subscriptions {10} GIVEAWAY

  1. shil says:

    Beautiful pictures, Radhika. You know what would be a perfect addition to this recipe. Its what Kannadigas call congress(spiced peanuts). Sadly, I haven’t found it in any store here.

  2. Radhika @ Just Homemade says:

    Congratulations to all the winners!
    And, Thank you to each one of you who for making this a success and for your great suggestions on recipe type! Loved reading them all. I will be putting in extra efforts to post more traditional recipes like many of you pointed out.

  3. Erin H. says:

    I think it would be interesting to apply Ayurvedic doshas(pitta, vata, kapha) to your recipes. Give folks a chance to understand their doshq constitution type is and how food is used to balance them.

  4. Ramya V says:

    Done following you in Facebook and Twitter 🙂 I would love to see some easy vegetarian main entree for lazy single person like me 🙂

  5. Deepa says:

    ooh! stumbled on to your blog and loving it already!
    will be back to check it out leisurely.

    want to leave a word about our blog too – Aalayam.

  6. Sukaina says:

    What a great giveaway! I’d say your blog is wonderful just as is. However, some traditional Indian recipes would be lovely.

    Hope I win!!

  7. RV says:

    Happy New Year Radhika. I really love what you are doing now. Please continue to blog the recipes that sings in your heart and makes you feel good as a person.

  8. Tanvi says:

    I think my first comment didnt go through! Just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and a lovely 2013. Hope you had fun holidays!!
    I would love to win some subscriptions through your lovely giveaway!!

  9. Laura says:

    Ciao do you remember of me? I’m Laura from Italy, I’m so happy to take part to your beautiful give away!! As usual your proposals and your photos are sublime! I would like to find a recipe about fruit everything you like …sweet or savory!! 🙂 I’m one of your follower on twitter now…!! 🙂
    I whish you and your family a fantastic new year!!


  10. Sarvani says:

    what would I like to see more of in 2013.. more seasonal recipes that work with fresh produce… your blog is always a delight to read!! I already subscribe to your mails.. Happy 2013!!

  11. Sreelakshmi says:

    A very Happy and Prosperous new year 2013. I love your blog and the receipes. I would love to see your blog going on forever. I would love some eggless baking and healthy dishes for our daily menu.

  12. Veronica Sheppard says:

    Happy New Year! In 2013 I’d love to see lots of recipes with shaved vegetables. They just look so appetizing in photos and they’re good for salads, sandwiches or pastas. Even as a garnish on the side with a main dish just to add some colour would be nice.

  13. Veronica Sheppardca says:

    Happy New Year! I think in 2013 I’d like to see lots of recipes with mushrooms. They’re so versatile and you can put them in soups, pastas, salads, dips, or stuff them. I also agree that sprouts would be a nice touch to a lot of recipes as well

  14. Kathleen Richardson says:

    Radhika, thank you for your New Years greeting and the offer for a magazine subscription. I have ‘liked’ you on Facebook to enter the contest. Your photographs here are beautifully done. Wow, the pink salt! Thank you also because in reading the comments, I was led to another blog–one about Indonesia–and from there to one about history. So now I am very happy–I have three new friends to start this new year. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  15. melearncook says:

    Hi Radhika
    A beautiful looking dish which I am sure tastes as good as it looks! I have just started using pomegranates and sprouted beans so the timing is great. I came across a lovely recipe for a pomegranate dressing that I will post and I bet this would be delicious incorporated. I use a lot of grains in my cooking, but would like more recipes for Spelt grains and Barley. Continued good luck with the blog and best wishes for 2013.

  16. Arlenys Gomez says:

    I would love to see more sprouted bean recipes because I am trying to incorporate more of them in my diet. Thanks!

  17. Vijitha (Spices and Aroma) says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I have been exploring a lot of salt. My most common one so far is Mediterranean sea salt and Himalayan salt. You have such magic in your hands and that shows in your pictures. They are gorgeous! Hope I win this giveaway 🙂 Happy Newyear Radhika. Looking forward more lovely post and opportunity to interact and grow our friendship.

  18. anita menon says:

    Such a fantastic and generous giveaway. Just right for the holiday mood. THanks so much for hosting this giveaway and giving your readers the opportunity to participate.
    I would love to see more salad recipes like the one you have posted here. Post the new year binge, some simple, flavoursome salads feel like a refreshing change.

  19. Shumaila says:

    Lovely post and pictures and a great giveaway! I like that amidst all the dessert stuff going around the holiday season you chose such a healthy recipe to share.and since all my new year resolutions start with I want to lose weight, would love to see more of such recipes in 2013!

  20. Manju says:

    You make cooking so easy!! This sprout and pomegranate salad is healthy tasty food, ready to eat in minutes. Thanks Radhika. And yes, the giveaway makes it more tempting too 🙂
    Looking forward to more of your healthy recipies.

  21. Mglòria says:

    I love the light you capture in pink himalaya salt!
    For 2013 I would like to recipies that make you happy offers us.
    Merry Christmans and happy new year!
    Thanks for this fantastic giveaway!

  22. Aparna says:

    It is because there are cookies everywhere (on my blog too!), that you need to be different and do a salad. And I’m partial to pomegranates my self. 😀
    Thanks for the invite to be a part of this giveaway. Who doesn’t love magazines with beautiful food photography?
    And before I leave, Seasons’ Greetings to you and family and happy holidays too.

  23. Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) says:

    Beautiful post. I love the pretty pinks….Himalayan salt, the glass, NICE! Also love the platter in the first picture. I love the refreshing light look of the salad, and look forward to seeing more similar ‘Fresh’ stuff here. This is a great giveaway. Will be a difficult choice if I win. Happy Holidays Radhika!!

  24. Swathi says:

    Seen Himalayan salt in specialty stores, never thought of using it! Lovely visuals..I think I repeat this in every comment of mine 🙂

    I love salads and like the idea of combining all the different tastes into one dish! In 2013, would love to see more salad recipes and also recipes which include sweet, salty, tart and hot ingredients in one dish!

  25. Kankana says:

    I love using himalayan salt and the color is one of my fav shade 🙂 Coming to your question, I would just like you to continue sharing recipes, savory, sweet whatever you and your family like. As of now, I can’t really think of anything specific dish! Just don’t vanish and continue blogging 🙂

  26. Sia | Monsoon Spice says:

    I love the look of that pink Himalayan salt. Now I need to check here in stores if I can get hold of it.
    My lil one adores moong sprouts and he likes to eat it raw. I am very sure that he will like to eat it with some juicy poms. I hope you continue to post such healthy and vibrant recipes which will help me in coming up with some healthy menu option 🙂
    before I press the comment submit button, let me wish u a very Happy holidays, Radhika!

  27. karensherlocked says:

    Haha, true… this seems way out of context when seeing all the cakes and cookies and other decadent goodies on food blogs. But truth be said, I like this better, I have some mung dal sprouts and I was thinking of a way to make them taste better, this looks perfect! Healthy way to celebrate…

  28. luchessa says:

    Lovely post!! I think in 2013 i would def like to see more recipes that combines fruits and substantial in one meal. I think its a creative combination when it comes to exotic dishes. 😀

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