Green Gram – Natural Benefits and Curative Properties

Green Gram

Botanical Name :: Phasleolus aureus

Indian Name :: Mung


The green gram is one of the most wholesome among pulses in India. It is free from the heaviness and tendency to flatulence, which is associated with other pulses.

Origin and Distribution of Green Gram

This plant is a native of India and since ancient times it has been in cultivation. It is not found in a wild state. It was introduced early into Southern China, Indo-China and Java. It has been introduced in comparatively recent times into East and Central Africa, the West Indies and the United States.

Food Value of Green Gram

The green gram forms a very nutritious article of diet. It is consumed in the form of whole dried seeds and in the form of dal prepared by splitting the seeds in a mill. The sprouted mung beans are a highly nutritious food. The beans are soaked overnight, drained and placed in containers in a dark room. They are sprinkled with water every few hours and the sprouts are ready in about three days. One pound of dry beans gives six to eight pounds of sprouts. There is an amazing increase in nutrients in sprouted beans when compared to their dried embryo.

Green Gram (Whole dried Seeds)*

Food Value
Minerals and Vitamins
Moisture – 10.4%Calcium – 124 mg
Protein – 24.0%Phosphorus – 326 mg
Fat – 1.3%Iron – 7.3mg
Fibre – 4.1%Small amount of Vitamin B Complex
Minerals – 3.5%* Values per 100 gm’s edible portion
Carbohydrates – 56.7%Calorific Value – 334

Green Gram (Dal)*

Food Value
Minerals and Vitamins
Moisture – 10.1%Calcium – 75 mg
Protein – 24.5%Phosphorus – 405 mg
Fat – 1.2%Iron – 8.5mg
Fibre – 0.8%Small amount of Vitamin B Complex
Minerals – 3.5%* Values per 100 gm’s edible portion
Carbohydrates – 59.9%Calorific Value – 348

Natural Benefits and Curative Properties of Green Gram.

Cooked dal of green gram is a very digestive food for invalid and sick persons. Its regular use during childhood, pregnancy and lactation helps one to get the required nutrition and promote health. It is an aperient i.e. a laxative. when given in large quantities. The soup made from it is the best article of diet after recovery from acute illness.

Applied in the form of powder. it is said to be useful in relieving the heat or burning of the eyes. A poultice of this powder is useful for checking secretion of milk and reducing distention of the mammary glands

1. Fevers


Water in which green grams arc soaked is an excellent medicine during cholera, measles, chicken-pox, small-pox, typhoid and all types of fevers. It can be given in a small quantity even during acute phase of appendicitis.

2. Beauty-Aid

Flour of the green gram is an excellent detergent and can be used as a substitute for soap. It removes the dirt and does not cause any skin irritation. Its application over the face bleaches the color and gives good complexion. Black gram flour is also used for washing the hair with green gram paste to lengthen hair and prevent dandruff.

Uses of Green Gram

The dried beans are boiled and are eaten whole or after splitting into dhal. They are parched and ground into flour after removal of the testa or the seed-coat. This flour is used in various Indian and Chinese dishes. The green pods are eaten as a vegetable. In China and the United States it is used for bean sprouts

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