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Home made sprouts recipe, How to make sprouts

by Jeyashri suresh
Learn how to make sprouts, with step by step pictures and video, a simple and mess free method followed in our home for more than 20 years.
I don’t know  how i missed posting this recipe in my space, as it is a usual practice at my place to make sprouts twice in a week.  My husband and his brothers and even my mil used to eat raw sprouts everyday along with breakfast. Initially i was hesitant to eat the raw sprouts and later when i started eating them raw, i liked the taste and even slowly my kids started eating sprouts now a days. I learnt to make this easy way from my mother in law and i wanted to share the procedure of how to make Sprouts at home.
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Home made sprouts

  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook time: 10 Minutes
  • Serves: 1/3 cup
  • Author: Jeyashri
  • Recipe Category: Lunch | Breakfast
  • Description: Learn how to make sprouts, with step by step pictures and video, a simple and mess free method followed in our home for more than 20 years.

     Green moong dal  1/3 cup
     Water  2 cups
                                                   Video of How to make Sprouts at home


Home made sprouts

Method with step by step pictures :

  • Wash and soak the green moong dal in water, for 6 hours.
  • Drain the water completely.
  • Spread this in a casserole (hot box| hot pack) and close it and keep it untouched for 10- 12 hours.(preferably over night). Do not crowd the hot box, use a bigger one to spread it well.
  •  I soaked at 9 am in the morning and put this in the hot box around 3 pm. I opened at 6 am in the morning.
  • You can see the nice moong sprouts the next morning.
  • Store this in an airtight container and keep it inside the refrigerator.
  • This sprouts will stay good for 8-10 days.
How to make sprouts


  1. The quality of green moong bean is most important and if it is a old stock or too dried ones, sprouting will not happen properly.
  2. Always select a dark green colour green moong bean.
  3. Always soak the green moong dal in clean drinking water.
  4. Soaking time should not be less than 6 hours.
  5. If using any other lentil like black channa or white channa, soak for 10 to 11 hours.

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Shama Nagarajan March 2, 2012 - 12:27 pm

I normally wrap up the soaked dal in a clean plain soft cotton damp cloth overnight.Good post...will try this next time

Anisha Ranjit March 2, 2012 - 12:42 pm

This is a new technique... I've got to try this. I love sprouts, raw and steamed both.

Gayathri Anand March 2, 2012 - 12:52 pm

This method looks easy will try it soon and let you know

Julie March 2, 2012 - 1:20 pm

I never tried putting these in casserole , usually wrap it in a damp cloth..will try this, useful post!

ANU March 2, 2012 - 1:21 pm

wow this method sounds easy...i always tie it tight with a damp cloth and keep in a warm place....:) Thnks for sharing dear!

Sharmilee! :) March 2, 2012 - 1:39 pm

Healthy for breakfast...good one! Beautiful pics

Spice up the Curry March 2, 2012 - 2:03 pm

I always use man's handkerchief to wrap up and keep them to sprout. never tried this way. its interesting.

Shanthi March 2, 2012 - 2:31 pm

I too do it the same way, It has sprouted well. healthy one

Aarthi March 2, 2012 - 2:37 pm

nice method..

Anu March 2, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Nice clicks. I feel lazy to do this

Hema March 2, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Even I do this the same way, only difference I cover them with a wet paper towel, awesome clicks Jeyashri..

Rachana March 2, 2012 - 4:54 pm

A helpful post and the clicks are lovely.

Ambika March 2, 2012 - 5:34 pm

Lovely photos Jeyashri!! I am sure this will help a lot of people!

Laavanya March 2, 2012 - 8:13 pm

I love sprouts too.. so filling and healthy. Looking fwd to the recipes.

Anonymous March 2, 2012 - 8:36 pm

I made sprouts from lentils a few weeks ago and they were great! I also saved a bunch and planted them with the sprouts poking out of the dirt... now I have lentil plants a foot tall!

Shabitha Karthikeyan March 2, 2012 - 9:45 pm

Beautiful and refreshing pics !! My favorite sprout !!

Richa March 2, 2012 - 9:48 pm

the mung beans have sprouted so well. a great tip to use the hot box.

Home Cooked Oriya Food March 3, 2012 - 12:42 am

lovely clicks... love it... good tip on the hot box...

Teena Mary March 3, 2012 - 1:05 am

This is indeed a very healthy food!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Mano Saminathan March 3, 2012 - 3:22 am

Beautiful clicks!! Thanks a lot for the nice idea of using hot box to make sprouts!!

faseela March 3, 2012 - 3:25 am

thanks 4 sharing dear

Reshmi Mahesh March 3, 2012 - 4:35 am

Lovely clicks...I usually tie it in a cloth...This method is more easy...Thanks for sharing..

Vijitha March 3, 2012 - 6:57 am

I love the idea of eating sprouted lentils. That is something very famous in our house. My amma would make a sandwich with them. They are so healthy and protein rich. Informative post Jay!

PriyaVaasu March 3, 2012 - 8:40 am

Beautiful Clicks!!!!informative post!!!!

Kaveri March 3, 2012 - 9:51 am

Like all the others, I too use wrap in a damp cloth. spreading in a casserole is new to me.

Torviewtoronto March 3, 2012 - 3:41 pm

sprouts and picture looks wonderful

Sensible Vegetarian March 3, 2012 - 4:46 pm

Lovely clicks Jeyashri, very informative post.

Aruna Manikandan March 3, 2012 - 5:27 pm

nice post jeya 🙂

Treatntrick treatntrick March 3, 2012 - 11:56 pm

Your method seems easy, thanks for sharing this dear!

Deeps @ Naughty Curry March 4, 2012 - 2:28 pm

very informative post, especially for first timers

M D March 5, 2012 - 4:13 am

Lovely clicks. Beautiful!

Pranjali March 5, 2012 - 4:17 am

Thanks for sharing this informative post


Soundarya V March 7, 2012 - 3:39 am

This method looks super easy..will try it soon..

Gayathri Anand March 12, 2012 - 1:39 pm

tried this method ...got super sprouts ...method was so easy ..Thanks once again.

Anisha Ranjit March 18, 2012 - 5:26 am

I tried this method n loved the sprouts. It is so simple n fss free. Thanks for sharing.

Mrs Navy July 20, 2012 - 6:09 am

Hey... might sound like a silly question, but since I've tried sprouting earlier and it caught fungus.. 🙁
so im going to try your method... so back to my question.. after draining the water, how dry should the beans be, right before you put them in the casserole? Should I pat them dry with a paper towel, or let them be wet after draining the water? Pls help

admin July 21, 2012 - 10:30 am

Hi Mrs.Navy,
Thanks for writing to me. After draining the beans, do not dry too much as the sprouting will not come if it is too dry, so do not pat dry.
And ensure that there shouldn't be any water too. Just the beans should be moist and you can feel the wetness if you touch them. Many times this will get fungus if there is too much of water also.
Hope this will help u

kalai June 12, 2013 - 6:48 am

Alternatively you can also use a strainer, drain the water completely and then place in the casserole should give out wonderful sprouts as the beans would have already sucked in enough water to sprout

Grace September 28, 2012 - 5:30 am

Hi Jeyashri! never knew sprouting was SO easy! THANKS! so much...no more buying sprouts.

Grace September 28, 2012 - 5:31 am

Hi Jeyashri! never knew sprouting was SO easy....THANKS!
No more buying sprouts....keep up the good work!

Adam Logan September 25, 2013 - 5:52 pm

So with the hot box, It's great because it's insulated, keeps moisture and is dark correct. Overnight is pretty fast for that amount of sprouting as far as I can tell. The hot box differs from a crock pot in that it has no actively heating element right?

Just trying to understand the pros of them, as they're not cheap. I've been using my fido jars.

Also, I always thought the use of a hand cloth or towel was to ensure that gases could circulate while still keeping heat in.


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