Mung beans are incredibly versatile! Find 15 delicious ways with these mung bean recipes; ideas include sweet snacks, soups, and savory dishes.
You are undoubtedly familiar with green beans, but have you ever tried mung beans?
This cute little mung bean originates in India.
It is primarily grown in Asia, so if you are Asian, you have probably tried many different dishes that feature this ingredient.
But don’t worry if you don’t know much about these mung beans; I’ve got you covered.
The tiny, green legumes are a staple in Asian cooking.
Since their flavor is mild and nutty, they complement various dishes.
Mung beans are called split mung beans or yellow mung beans once the outer peel (or hull) has been removed and as mung bean sprouts once they have been soaked and sprouted for a day or two.
We’ve compiled a list of the top mung bean recipes for you to try.
For your next homey snack time, you’ve got to try this Sprouted Mung Bean Burger; and if you want a warm meal on a cold night, Mung Bean Porridge In Coconut Milk is the way to go!
But make sure to finish by #15 because we have something for you that you will bring on a picnic or cookout with pals.
Come on in, hop on!
Though traditionally associated with the Vietnamese New Year, this recipe is appropriate for any festive occasion.
Both sweet and savory flavors can be used to fill these cakes.
This is the savory variant, filled with mung beans and pork.
Simple to whip up and shaped like little cylinders, these cakes are perfect for a tea party or other intimate gathering.
You may find these cakes at any grocery store or convenience store in a city with a large Asian population, and it might seem more straightforward to just go out and get them.
But if you’ve got the time, we highly recommend making them at home; they’re even better homemade.
Nokdu bindaetteok (or nokdujeon) is a savory pancake with ground mung beans.
As you may recall from the Netflix Street Snack show about Seoul’s Gwangjang Market, this dish is not only a holiday staple but also popular street food.
These pancakes are crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle, and overall nutty and delicious.
The pancakes are also loaded with flavor and texture from the ground pork, bean sprouts, gosari (fern brakes), scallions, and kimchi.
These pancakes are going to be a staple in your household breakfast rotation.
This recipe is another delicious delight from Vietnam.
Green mung beans, tiny tapioca pearls, and coconut milk form the base of this “che”-style delicacy.
The primary component is dried green mung beans.
A touch of sugar and a can of coconut milk brings out their natural sweetness, and the addition of tapioca pearls gives them a satisfyingly chewy texture.
Sprinkle some crushed salted peanuts and coconut flakes on top and dig into this wholesome treat.
Is everyone up for an omelet?
Trust me, this will alter how you prepare omelets forever!
For a quick breakfast, try this Mung Bean Scrambled Egg recipe—ready in only 7 minutes and can be used to make scrambled eggs, omelets, or anything else you’d typically make with regular eggs.
To make vegan scrambled eggs, combine all the ingredients in a blender, then transfer to a frying pan.
This vegan egg recipe is a step away from the usual tofu-based scrambled eggs, as it substitutes mung beans.
Put some tomatoes, green onions, mushrooms, or vegan cheese into this mung bean scrambled egg, and see what you think.
These burgers are a twist on a classic Indian dish called moong dal tikkis, and they can be made with any common kitchen goods; you don’t even have to use turmeric if you don’t have it.
Their aroma sweeping through the house as they sizzle in the pan is a foretaste of their magnificence.
Mung bean sprouts are the main ingredient in this vegan veggie burger that is served on a whole wheat bun and topped with mint cilantro chutney.
The most time-consuming part of the process is sprouting the mung beans; otherwise, the rest is really straightforward.
That’s a surefire hit with the kids if you have any!
Liang fen is a popular Chinese street meal that’s perfect for recreating in your own kitchen this weekend because of the flavorful spicy sauce it’s doused in.
A must-try for any traveler to China, Liang fen is a staple of the local street food scene.
The sauce, typically flavored with spicy chili oil, complements the slippery mung bean jelly perfectly.
Bean curd preparation may vary slightly from region to region, such as cutting and blending into the sauce.
But they are all so flavorful and delectable that you won’t be able to get enough of them.
This Liang fen recipe is perfect for summer, with its hot, spicy flavor and refreshing coolness, but you’ll desire it all year round.
To make a wholesome meal for the whole family, try this recipe!
In this dish, mung beans and spinach are boiled in a pot with clarified butter, spices, and herbs until the beans and spinach are tender.
Simmering the green mung beans for a while produces a velvety smoothness that will have your taste receptors begging for more.
Meanwhile, the spinach boosted the dish’s vibrant green color while imparting a tart, slightly acidic flavor.
Adding garam masala and a splash of lemon juice will make this dish irresistible.
Grab some rice or toast and enjoy this hearty, well-balanced meal.
You can’t go wrong with this comforting curried soup made with coconut milk—simple it’s to make, full of hearty ingredients, and tastes great.
We believe you already have these ingredients in your pantry, making this a cheap and simple meal to throw together.
Spice up this soup with a dash of herbs like cilantro or green onion for a zing of peppery spice.
To add some punch, serve with a squeeze of lemon or a dash of white vinegar.
Crushed red pepper flakes can be used for a spicy kick if you like a robust finish.
Finally, this soup pairs wonderfully with grilled naan.
Monggo guisado, a traditional Filipino meal, is comfort food that will warm your soul.
And since mung beans are widespread in many places and the other ingredients are so common that you’ll find them everywhere, this might be one of the dishes you can cook in the comfort of your home.
Typically, pork, chicken, or beef are used in a monggo guisado recipe; however, this dish is entirely meatless.
And they are handy if you are trying to switch to a vegetarian diet because they keep you feeling full longer after eating.
When combined with fried mackerel, this variation can be pretty decadent.
And since this is incredibly adaptable, with the correct seasoning, your vegetarian mung bean stew would be the bomb!
In this recipe, we’ll give the traditional falafel dish an exciting Indian twist by substituting mung beans for chickpeas.
It’s a tasty variation on the classic fritter that’s excellent for when you want a change of pace.
Mung beans are smaller, sweeter, and more nutty tasting than chickpeas.
They also cook more quickly and have a less crumbly texture.
These Mung Bean Falafels are a tasty fusion of traditional Egyptian falafels and Indian versions; they are fritters made from mung bean paste seasoned with fresh coriander, curry powder, sesame seeds, and garlic.
Traditional falafels call for soaking chickpeas in water for a full day before blending into a coarse dough and rolling into balls to be deep fried.
We switched things up in this recipe to make it simpler, quicker, and tastier than ever.
It’s easy; you’ll be devouring these treats in no time!
11. Mung Bean Soup
Unlike the typical approach to producing soups that may be taken as a meal, this substantial soup is ready in minutes and takes only a few easy procedures.
Mung beans, Malunggay, coconut milk, garlic, ginger, and onion contributed significantly to the dish’s overall flavor profile.
The soup’s velvety smoothness originates from the coconut milk and the skins of the mung beans, which start to peel off throughout the cooking process.
The addition of the Malunggay leaves gives the soup a deliciously fresh finish.
Malunggay (moringa) leaves produce a slightly sweet and bitter flavor with grassy undertones, similar to matcha.
If you don’t have access to Malunggay leaves, fresh baby spinach can be substituted, chopped, and used the same way.
How about a bowl of warm, creamy porridge?
Breakfast porridge is a staple in Malaysia and Indonesia, but this sweet kind is mouthwatering and served as a dessert.
What’s more, you can make this in your kitchen, no matter where you are.
It’s prepared by bringing the beans, cinnamon stick, ginger, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and coconut milk to a boil in a single saucepan.
Ensure the beans aren’t overcooked; a bit of crunch in the porridge is preferred.
If you serve it hot, it may also warm the hearts of your loved ones!
Infused with authentic Indian spices, this vegan curry is a culinary delight.
It’s a simple recipe; you can cook it in an Instant Pot or on the stove.
Aside from being quite tasty, this is one of the most straightforward recipes you might include in your cookbook.
Dried mung beans, crushed tomatoes in water, garlic, ginger, and fresh cilantro are some of the ingredients.
This mung bean curry is a great vegetarian option when combined with spicy masala, coconut milk, and a squeeze of lime.
You can enjoy it as a soup, or if you’d like something heartier, try it with brown rice and some warm naan bread.
If your kids don’t like eating bitter gourd because of the taste, why not give this recipe a shot and see if it’s a hit?
But I’m confident this will be, so include it in your weekly meal planning!
Vegetables, including potatoes, French beans, and carrots, can be added to the dish alongside the mung beans and bitter gourd.
The slivers of bitter gourds swimming in the curry are the unexpected twist to this mung bean dish, adding a welcome note of bitterness to the otherwise hot, coconut-based sauce.
With rice or chapatis, this dish becomes much more delightful.
Finally, a savory pizza recipe that’s sure to please the audience rounds up this collection of culinary delights.
Mung bean sprouts’ versatility allows them to be used in various recipes, including this tasty pizza crust made with spinach and spices.
Gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free, and sugar-free, the crust can stand on its own as a satisfying meal.
This is delicious and adaptable, as you can customize it with your choice of toppings (such as your preferred vegetarian meat alternative, baked tofu, etc.).
In addition, if you don’t have any oats on hand, chickpea flour works just as well as an alternative binder for the crust.
Pizza is always famous at parties and barbecues, and I’m sure your pals will enjoy this new take on the classic meaty pizza.
By now, I’m sure you know how these splendid mung beans can be used.
It is the reason why they are highly sought after in many places.
Mung beans have a wholesome, slightly sweet, nutty flavor when cooked alone or with only minor salting, and their flavor changes to match the foods used in a recipe.
Mung beans complement every kind of flavor, whether sweet or salty, and I can’t wait for you to experience a hearty, wholesome meal with these tiny beans.
This is a potential staple for the whole family so wait no further!
- Sticky Rice & Mung Bean Cakes
- Nokdujeon (Mung Bean Pancakes)
- Vietnamese Mung Bean Dessert
- Mung Bean Scrambled Eggs
- Sprouted Mung Bean Burger
- Mung Bean Curd With Chili Oil Sauce
- Green Mung Bean & Spinach With Rice
- Yellow Split Mung Soup With Coconut Milk
- Vegetarian Monggo Guisado (Mung Bean Stew)
- Mung Bean Falafel
- Mung Bean Soup
- Mung Bean Porridge In Coconut Milk
- Mung Bean & Coconut Curry
- Moong & Karela Curry
- Spinach & Mung Bean Sprout Pizza
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