If you have mung beans on the shelves of your supermarket, do not pass by! As they are a great substitution for almost all kinds of beans (lentils, peas, or even chickpeas) and a great side dish by themselves. You can use mung beans in recipes in two ways pre-cooked or sprouted. We will give you a simple recipe that is easy to follow for making perfect cooked mung beans.

If you want to learn how you can measure mung beans without using scales, follow this link.

How long do you cook mung beans?

Mung beans cooking time

The cooking time for mung beans depends on the cooking method you choose. We will give you the timing for two main ways you can cook mung beans:

  • How long do you boil mung beans on the stove? You need to cook mung beans until they become tender and puffy. It can take you to get mung beans ready for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • How long do you cook mung beans in a rice cooker/multi cooker? You can cook mung beans in a cooker on the setting STEW for 40-45 minutes. You can add salt and seasoning 10 minutes to the end. When the timer beeps, leave cooked mung beans for additional 10-15 minutes for them to get mushier.

Note that the ratio of water to mung beans stays the same whether you cook it in a multi-cooker/rice cooker or a pot on the stove: 1 cup of mung beans to 3 cups of water.

That was a quick briefing on how long it can take you to cook mung beans for salads or stews. You can learn how you cook mung beans in a recipe down below.

How do you boil dried mung beans on the stove?

The easiest way to have mung beans in your diet is to cook them by boiling them on the stove. We will give you the easiest guide to help you make the best pre-cooked mung bean recipes. Here is the best way to cook mung beans:

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Mung Beans Recipe

Learn how to cook mung beans without soaking and how long it takes mung beans to cook. Easy to follow recipe with only 3 ingredients.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: how to cook mung beans, mung beans best recipe, mung beans cooking time, mung beans recipe, stovetop mung beans recipe, what to do with mung beans
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 105kcal


  • 1 cup mung beans
  • 3 cups water
  • salt to your taste


  • Examine the mung beans you measured out carefully. Get rid of all the impurities you can find and shrunken beans, rinse thoroughly under cold running water.
  • The proportion of mung beans to water is 1:3. Therefore, for 1 cup of mung beans, you will use 3 cups of water.
  • Put a pot with water on high heat. Add cleaned mung beans to the boiling water. Wait for it to boil again, and then lower the heat to medium or low. Water should be simmering. Let the beans cook for 30-40 minutes until tender. Stir them occasionally.
  • Do not add salt in the early stages of cooking; mung beans will become tough. You can add salt 10 minutes before the end of boiling. However, the perfect timing will be to add salt with seasoning to already cooked beans.
  • Before serving, you can drain them or blend them to make a stew.


*calories per 100 g

You can choose a perfect seasoning from plenty of options: fresh herbs, coconut milk or olive oil, spice blends with coriander, ginger, and pepper.

Do you have to soak mung beans before cooking? You use soaking for sprouting mung beans, but there is no necessity to pre-soak mung beans before boiling unless you use a particular recipe that states otherwise.

How to cook mung beans after soaking? If you already have pre-soaked beans, cook them according to the recipe above. The only thing is that it will take less time to make them tender.

Mung beans are not so widely popular in our cuisine, but as it turns out, there are no reasons not to use them, as their cooking process is really easy. If you have any mouth-watering recipes with mung beans, please, leave them in the comment section below. As always, if you liked our recipe, do not forget to share it with your friends.


  1. Thank you! Glad you included the rice/multi-cooker, as I happen to have one. 🙂 That will make it easy! I usually use the slow cooker overnight, but I forgot to cook them last night, so I’m going to do so this morning in our rice cooker.

    Fun fact: Whenever you buy bean sprouts for Chinese dishes like chow mein, they are all sprouted from mung beans.

    Fun fact #2: Mung beans are a great source of folate!

    • 5 stars
      Same here! I was looking for how to cook mung beans in rice cooker and funny enough info in the post was enough. However, would you mind posting the whole recipe for mung beans rice cooker?

      • Julia Reply

        I am so glad that you like my post! 4 years have passed already! How fast time flies – I definitely need to revisit it someday! I will make sure to include mung beans on my next shopping trip!

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