As I shared on Facebook a few weeks back, I created this delicious recipe that is not only satisfying but is super nourishing. These high protein little patties are amazing for when you may be craving comfort foods or something more hearty but want to stay on track with The Beauty Detox lifestyle. The Mung Bean Pancakes are an excellent go-to recipe for those busy week nights (and us new moms alike)! :)
Why Mung Beans?
While mung beans may be new to most people in the States and the Western world in general, they’ve been a part of traditional Ayurvedic diets in India for thousands of years. Mung beans are considered “one of the most cherished foods” in this ancient Indian practice that’s been a traditional form of medicine since roughly 1,500 B.C.
Legumes and beans are an inexpensive protein source. If you soak them overnight and rinse them well, they can digest easier and be less gassy. I actually now eat them more than I used to (not so much beans but lentils and mung beans for sure), since I’ve been diving into my Ayurvedic doctoral program.
Besides having a high protein content, they are also jam packed with minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. The mighty mung bean forges an impressive defense against several chronic, age-related diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.
When it comes to these little green guys, it’s important to remember that we should consume the raw sprouted varieties (pre-soaked), instead of the fully cooked ones (you can find pre-sprouted varieties in bags at the health market, or soak them overnight and rinse them yourself). This is because they are both a protein and a starch. Since they incorporate both classes of food, they can be difficult to digest if they are not sprouted. I discuss this more in my Beauty Detox Solution book as well as on this blog.
Craving a healthy delicious pancake?
Check out the full recipe below and lets get flipping! ;)
I am pre-soaking my mung beans here!
I gave them a thorough rinse.
All of my mise en place ingredients are ready to go!
Here are the mung beans blended with water to make the pancake batter.
The pancakes, cooked through to golden brown and ready to enjoy!