Left Continue shopping
Your Order

You have no items in your cart

Benefits of Soaking Your Legumes & Beans



Thinking about whether to soak your legumes and beans or not? Well, soaking your beans helps them cook faster and more evenly, and it can also make them easier to digest. Here are a few benefits of soaking your legumes:


  • Reduces phytic acids
  • Reduces tannins and polyphenols
  • Promotes production of beneficial enzymes (serves to further reduce phytic acids and polyphenols)
  • Improves the body's ability to absorb minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium
  • Makes proteins more available for absorption
  • Reduces anti-nutritional enzyme inhibitors
  • Removes gas-causing compounds
  • Decreases cooking time and improves food texture



To soak, cover the washed beans with four times their volume of water (no salt yet), then choose one of these soaking techniques.

Overnight soaking

Put the legumes in a pot, cover them with water by two inches and let them soak for eight hours or overnight.


Quick soaking

Put the legumes in a pot on the stove, cover with water, and boil them for two minutes. Turn off the heat and let the legumes soak for at least an hour.



Cover the beans with water at room temperature. Soak them overnight or for 8 to 10 hours. Beans soaked longer than 12 hours can absorb too much water and lose their characteristic texture and flavor.

Leave a comment

Please note: comments must be approved before they are published.

Back to Basics Recipe: Ayurvedic Khichari

Back to Basics Recipe: Ayurvedic Khichari

Khichari a simple blend of rice and mung beans along with a perfect blend of spices specific to your mind body constitution. It is considered the most easily digestible food in Indian Ayurvedic culture. 
Read more
Vegan Golden Milk Turmeric Tea

Vegan Golden Milk Turmeric Tea

Vegan Golden Milk is a super nutritious and healthy drink, made with just a few ingredients. Nourishing and delicious, this 5-minute plant-based hot beverage will soothe your cold-weather woes any day but this immune-boosting recipe is also great for getting your late-night sweet tooth fix.
Read more
How to make Jaggery Tea (Gur Wali Chai)

How to make Jaggery Tea (Gur Wali Chai)

Jaggery tea or Gur ki Chai is a traditional Indian tea made with jaggery and spices. Gur ki chai recipe is a popular tea variety made during winter. This tea has a deep earthy flavour from jaggery and tastes delicious. Let's learn how to make Gur Ki Chai or Jaggery Tea.

Read more