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 really easy to follow for making perfect cooked mung beans.

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

How long do you cook mung beans?

Cooking time of mung beans depends on the method you chose to prepare them. We will give you 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 will be looking puffy, it can take you to get mung beans ready from 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 (in 10 minutes to the end you can add salt and seasoning, when the timer beeps you can leave cooked mung beans for additional 10-15 minutes for them to get more mushy.

Note that the ratio of water to mung beans stays the same whether you cook it in a multi-cooker/rice cooker or in 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 on the stove. We will give you the easiest guideline that can help you to make the best ever recipes with pre-cooked mung bean.

Ingredients for the recipe: 1 cup mung beans, 3 cups water, salt (added into boiled beans). Type: Side dish Cuisine: Vegan Calories: 105 kcal Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 45 min Ready in 55 min

  • Examine carefully the amount of mung beans you measured out. 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 water on the high heat and bring it to a boil. Add cleaned mung beans into 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 it is tender stirring them occasionally.
  • Do not add salt on 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.

Mung beans are ready. 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 a recipe above. The only thing that it will take less time to make them tender.

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

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  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!

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