Mung or green gram is rightfully called the queen of legumes.
There were several ancient tales which our mothers and grand mothers used to tell us in order to make us eat good and healthy food – the mung story is one such ……long long ago, in India, there was this hermit who lived all by himself and ate only mung, rice, and curd everyday. And his health was the envy of his neighbors. People noticed that in spite of his age he was fully of energy and very healthy. People came from far to ask him the secret of his health. They were surprised that he ate such simple food. Soon people started seeking his advice and he just prescribed only ‘mung’. Since then mung has been called ‘sattvic’ or food of the yogis.
Mung boiled or sprouted tastes good. One simple recipe is the south Indian ‘sundal’. Come Navratri, and you will get to eat this on all the nine days (from home, friends, neighbors).
My recipe using the sprouted mung can be checked here – Sprouted Green Gram Stew.
Full of health goodness, this legume is also believed to be tridoshic food i.e. can be eaten by people with vata, pita, and kapha.