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Ever Wonder What to Do With Mung Beans? Here are 6 Ideas!


You may be familiar with black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, and various lentils, but how about mung beans? They are small green legumes that have been a part of Chinese cuisine for thousands of years, where they are referred to as nga choi or nga choy. For plant-based eaters, there are many reasons why you need more mung beans in your life. They can be eaten either raw or cooked, you can add their sprouts to just about anything, and you can easily grow them yourself. Since they are slightly sweet in flavor, try throwing them into your desserts. This is already the case in some Asian countries, where mung bean paste is used to make frozen desserts.

Also, they pack a nice nutritional punch – they are high in potassium, fiber, magnesium, and B vitamins, and they are also a good source of vitamin C. Try using these little beans in your own plant-based cooking. Here are a few ways to eat mung beans.

1. Form Into Falafel

Though falafel is often made with chickpeas, try mixing up your cooking by substituting those garbanzo beans for mung beans. Try this Ayurvedic Falafel recipe, which also calls for onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin, turmeric, potato starch, and salt. Make sure to soak the mung beans overnight before using them.

5 Ways to Eat Mung Beans

2. Make Pizza

Who needs pepperoni and cheese as pizza toppings? On a plant-based diet, use beans and spice them up to make a super flavorful topping that’s also much healthier than the classic toppings. Make a mung bean topping with coconut oil, onion, coriander, cumin and garlic for this Cauliflower Crust with Mung Bean Curry. For this recipe, the cook used black mung beans, but you can use green mung beans if you’d like.

5 Ways to Eat Mung Beans

3. Sip on Soup

Like most legumes, mung beans are also delicious in soups. When making soup, cook the broth and vegetables first, then add the mung beans toward the end. Then simmer until everything mixes together well. Try this Ayurvedic Spinach-Mung Detox Soup.

5 Ways to Eat Mung Beans

4. Cook Curry

Mung beans are an Indian staple and also therapeutic since they have the capacity to cleanse the heart and vascular system, as well as reduce toxicity. These beans are also great for the liver, gallbladder and for detoxing the body. Are you convinced to try cooking with them yet? Try this Mung Beans and Root Vegetable Curry. You’ll make a mung dish separate from the root vegetable curry.

5 Ways to Eat Mung Beans

5. Throw Together a Salad

Sprouted mung beans are excellent salad toppers, and out of the whole legume world, they’re among the easiest and quickest to sprout. They’re even great as the main ingredient of a salad, like in The Ultimate Clean Food Sprouted Mung Salad.

5 Ways to Eat Mung Beans

6. Use Sprouts as Toppings

Here is where you can go mung-bean crazy. Top everything with mung sprouts, be it pizza, pasta, soup, hummus, salad, curry dishes or stir-fries. Try this Sprouted Green (Moong) Lentils and Peanut Salad.

5 Ways to Eat Mung Beans

Lead image source: Ayurvedic Spinach-Mung Detox Soup

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2 Years Ago

\'Part of Chinese cuisine for\' \'mung\' beans, actually \'moong\' beans, is most heavily used in India, where it comes from. The very word \'mung\' which you people so annoyingly pronounce comes from the Hindi word, \'MOONG\'. It originates in India and of course, because it\'s so beneficial and wonderful, it has spread to other places.

This annoying article reflects exactly how every Indian invention is taken advantage of by others and OTHERS get credit for them. Martial arts also started in India, but now all morons think it\'s \'chinese\' or \'japanese\'. Ayurveda, energy, chakras, all come from India, but China took all the concepts and now acupressure and \'tai chi\' and all that is known as coming from them. Everything originates in India only but India will never get the credit for anything, nor even at Disney World\'s Epcot.

Tom Hal
21 Dec 2016

You\'d have a better chance getting your point across without insulting others ("morons"...). I agree it can be frustrating seeing one\'s culture appropriated but then not given the credit due, but I think this is universal. Besides, you can\'t seriously believe that "everything originates in India only," can you? You think no other human cultures were sources of innovation?

3 Years Ago

do I presoak the mung beans or just rinse and add the my recipe.

23 Jun 2015

Hi. You don\'t have to pre-soak mung beans. Just boil them in water for 10mins, then simmer for 20mins. Then add to whatever.... salads, curries etc

3 Years Ago

I just received a gift of mung beans would like to know if they have to be presoaked or can they just be rinsed and cooked.

23 Jun 2015

Hi. You don\'t have to pre-soak mung beans. Just boil them in water for 10mins, then simmer for 20mins. Then add to whatever.... salads, curries etc

3 Years Ago

Most annoying website ever. Can\'t even read the article there are so many advertisements popping up, videos playing, and just plain laid out poorly.

27 May 2015

I agree... hate pop ups, especially those that won\'t close!

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