Green gram, known as hara moong in Hindi and cherupayar in Malayalam is traditionally used to treat infertility, enhance breast milk production, recover from different illnesses and for weight reduction. In India, it is given the same weightage as non vegetarian food like mutton or chicken because of its health benefits and high lean protein content. Green gram is considered as one of the best vegetarian super foods.
Low calorie - only 100 cal per 100 gm
Rich in vitamins A, B, C and E
High in Minerals like Iron, Calcium and Potassium
Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-Cancer properties
Those of you who are trying to lose weight, should make green gram a part of your diet. It has very few calories, but keeps you satiated and full for a long period of time due to the presence of lean protein. It is also a good source of Iron and the antioxidants present are said to be effective against skin cancer. The high potassium content in this pulses helps to lower blood pressure.
Ayurveda recommends simple home detoxification for enhancing fertility, which includes a regime of simple eating, lots of oil massage and a mild detoxification for 2 weeks . During this whole regime the diet is only kicharee (kichadi).
1/3 cup organic mung dal, 2/3 organic basmati rice (or other grain) cooked in 3-4 cups of water (ratio of 1:3 or 1:4). Ghee and seasonal organic veggies can be added to the above preparation.
Fresh green gram has more benefits than the dried ones we buy from grocery shops and can be easily cultivated and plucked fresh from your garden pots. Just sow some Green gram seeds in any of the flower pots in your garden. As it enhances the fertility of the soil, it helps the other plant as well . It starts yielding in 2 weeks, the whole process is so simple that even kids can do this easily .