Green Gram or Green Moong: A Superfood for Weight Loss and Much More

Green Gram or Green Moong: A Superfood for Weight Loss and Much More

Green Gram or Green Moong: A Superfood for Weight Loss and Much More

Here is a super food I really love and enjoy not only because it keeps me full but it also helps me lose weight. It has many properties that are beneficial for us especially when we are starving ourselves in the name of being on diet.

Yes, I am taking about the good old Green Gram or Green Moong. We can have it in many forms. We can soak it and make a healthy dal to have with roties or brown rice, we can sprout it and make a healthy salad from it. There is also one interesting way that I doubt most are not aware of; we can dry roast the dal and dry grind it into flour to make some healthy and tasty roties/ parathas or wet grind it to make healthy versions of dosa, idli or uttapa.

Now here are some reasons why you should give so much thought to Green Moong:

1. It’s loaded with Goodies: It is rich in Vitamin A, B, C and E and also in many minerals including iron, calcium, and potassium. Not to forget it is a powerful source of vegetarian protein.

2. It good to Shed Some Unwanted Weight: It is considered a healthy weight loss food as it is a low fat food rich in proteins and fibre. It curbs cravings and keep us full for a long time. It detoxifies the body and benefits the metabolism as well as immune system.

3. It’s good for the Heart: It helps to lower the high cholesterol level in the blood system. Regular intake of Green Moong reduces bad cholesterol and improves the flexibility of arteries and veins. It also regulates the blood pressure.

4. Keeps a check on the Blood Sugar Level: Green Moong is full of complex carbohydrates in form of high fibre, which aids digestion. Complex carbs also stabilizes blood sugar and controls its sudden rise after meal, while keeping body’s energy at a balanced level. Green Moong can be highly beneficial for people having a high blood sugar level.

5. It’s Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial and Anti-Cancer: Green Moong contains Vitamin B-1, Vitamin C and Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine). Regular consumption of diets rich in Vitamin-B6 help you develop resistance against contagious agents that cause diseases. As per Ancient Chinese medicine it also contains anti-cancer properties.

It’s Amazing for Skin:

Moong bean dry grinded powder serves as an effective facial scrub or face mask. It makes skin smooth and youthful while minimising skin problems like acne, spots, tan or wrinkles. It is mild enough to be used as a daily face cleansing agent. For dry skin add milk or cream or honey to it. For oily skin add rose water or tap water to make a paste. Apply a thin layer and wash off when it dries. You can add a pinch of turmeric powder for a natural glow.

How I have Green Moong everyday:

I make a rich creamy thick soup of green moong and switch one of my meals with it. I mostly have it for dinner and I find this hot thick soup quite comforting compared to cold salads or any other meal alteration.

My recipe is simple I soak Green Moong overnight then pressure cooker it with little oil, 1 onion, 2 chopped green chillies, 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp red chilli powder, salt as per taste. Water enough to make thick soup. You can add any vegetables to it or any garnish to keep it interesting.

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  1. Thank you for your comment Aayusha, Our home grinders are usually not as powerful as commercial flour mills so the flour does get coarser. I add a little salt while grinding as it helps make the flour fine but this will only work if you are going to use it for a savoury dish. You can definitely try this for your dosa recipe. do let me know if this helps you.

  2. Hey,

    I needed your guidance on this:

    I tried grinding my own green moong flour at home by dry roasting it and then grinding it.
    Unlike ready-made moong flour, mine was slightly coarse.

    I have soaked this flour in water and plan to leave it overnight.

    I’m interested in using it to make dosa tomorrow.

    Will this give me good results?

    Any tips?

  3. Hi inderjeet don’t go with homeopathic or any other treatment just try yourself and follow good diet and do some yoga or go any ayurvedic and try to use panchkarma it is very good for you i had done same thing and please quit smoking or drinking if you really want relief from psoriasis

  4. Yamini

    I am so happy after reading ur article abt green dal.I hv tried today in dosa.
    Its easy n tasty.
    lets see how this work …..i will give a month to see better result in loosing weight.
    I wanted to replace roti n rice…with some healthy option.
    Here I got this……..thnx to u.
    will update u in a week if see some positive result.

  5. I want to loose my weight and I am also searching remedies for weight loose. I will try it. Thank you So much for this helpful information.

  6. Well, I am very impressed, its good article thanks for this post. I got very useful information from your blog, in this blog having more interesting articles and good thoughts they very help us, Sure it will be fantastic to everyone, and we love it

  7. Thanx yamini 4 ur prompt reply…
    As I am suffering from psoraisis ( Rashes are only on my scalp) due to this my problem has gone on other stage that is psoratic arthritis ( this is have learnt from Google search) due to this my fingers in hands are in severe pain and also mostly all fingers have swallowed… this is since last 5 years and by passing of time my problem is increasing.. my height is 5.8 and body weight is 105 kg. My wife is attending yoga.. there yoga teacher has instructed her that I should go for only moong diet for 60 days ( means no other intake except moong for 3 to 4 times a day ) which will help me in weight reduction also by this process all toxins will come out from body and may be it will help me in my psoraisis problem also.. kindly suggest..

  8. Thank you for your comment Inderjeet. Camphor & Coconut oil is an effective natural cure for psoriasis do give it a try.

    Look for a good Homeopathy doctor as they have a very high success rate when it comes to skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.

    Do you mean going on only Green Moong Diet for 2 months? I believe you should have a balanced diet. Green Moong can help you replace one meal like your snacks or dinner but I would suggest to incorporate some fresh vegetables salads or soup also so you won’t miss out on your daily nutritional requirements. Have early dinners that means keep a gap of 2 to 3 hours between your dinner and sleep.

    I would like to know what exactly are you trying to achieve within 2 months. Drastic changes can do more harm then help you so please be sure you don’t mess up your metabolic rate or harmones by making sudden big changes.

    Any lifestyle change should be done gradually so you will know how your body is reacting to it. everybody gets different results. The key is eating as healthy as possible. Don’t forget to incorporate a daily workout routine also.
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  9. I have psoraisis and due to this I am also having swelling and pain in all joints of body but my uric acid is normal can I go on green moons daal Dial for a month or 2 months plz reply

  10. Thank you for the comment Himanshu 🙂 Yes you can have it raw in the morning but try very little. Raw Moong (even soaked) is hard to digest so I would suggest you try only a small portion.

  11. Can I have it as a sprout in the morning …… Means can I eat it directly just after soaking…..????

  12. Thank you for the comment Gretchen. I guess you can try experimenting with your favorite spices to find a dish you like that has green mung in it. Diabetes can be reversed with proper diet and daily light exercises. Here is some more articles that you might find interesting.
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  13. I have diabetes type 1,I don’t like the taste of mung beans but after this,i’m willing to give it a shot to help lower blood sugar and weight. Thanx!

  14. Nice Blog, Thank you, moong dal is high on protein which are good for skin. this can be used to treat various concern for the dark spots on the face. so people can try this at home. its purely home remedy and easy to apply and get good skin on your face.
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  15. Moong bean act as a good stimulant for your immune system which increases the production and activeness of white blood cells and also helps in improving antibodies.

  16. Amazing benefits of green moong or sprouts.
    It is also the best food for hair growth and to control hair fall.

  17. Thank you for your comment Premie :). I am glad you liked the healthy Green Moong receipy. THe face scrub is simply amazing it makes the skin glowing and beautiful. You can store it easily and apply atleast once a week. Do let me know if you like the face scrub and if you have any suggestions for the blog. Take care.

  18. Absolutely wonderful, I cook moong dhal every week, just had mine for lunch now, and yes its yummy for dinner and keeps you full,but now I am going to try it as a face scrub as well…cant wait….

  19. Thanks for the info. I would like to share a healthy dish with green gram and other cereals…
    1. Soak a cup of green gram and another cup with all cereals like broad beans, Rajma, Rolled Oats, brown channa, etc. for whole night with enough water.
    2. Grind the above mixture of cereals with green chillies, Ginger and salt (Please add these as per your taste)
    3. Prepare Dosas with this batter.
    4. Tastes good if it is hot and with some spicy chutneys or pickles.

  20. Thanks for the info. I would like to share a healthy dish with green gram and other cereals…
    1. Soak a cup of green gram and another cup with all cereals like broad beans, Rajma, Rolled Oats, brown channa, etc. for whole night with enough water.
    2. Grind the above mixture of cereals with green chillies, Ginger and salt (Please add these as per your taste)
    3. Prepare Dosas with this batter.
    4. Tastes good if it is hot and with some spicy chutneys or pickles.

  21. Thanks for sharing this wonderful benefits of green gram.So far I did not know it has weight losing properties [ Especially for my hubby 😉 ].Thanks once again. Besides it helps in digestion is one of the major property which I’m looking for. Well keep posting and Bye for now.

  22. That is a great tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise info… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read article!
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  23. Thank you Dr. Gohel for informing about the Ayurvedic Cleansing Process. Can you give some more detail of this like is this only a three day course or more and can we intake fruits during this cleansing period.

  24. In Ayurvedic treatment , one requires to observe fast on the first day. On the next day one has to take moong-water(water used to boil mung). Then, on the next day one can take only boiled mung.this is cleansing process. Mung is good source of vitamin B complex. After having excessive defecation due to some laxative , one should take khichdi of mung dal with good quantity of cow or buffalo ghee .This will stop excess defecation.

  25. Thank you for your comment. Yes you are right about the uric acid. People who have to take care of their uric acid levels have to minimize the intake of all lentils and that includes green gram. Thank you from bringing up this important point. I am sure it will be helpful for others.

  26. It’s really a super food. But other nutritionists say that it is high in uric acid which is not recommended for persons with gouty arthritis.Is this true?

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