How to Cook Mung Beans

Mung beans might be more commonly recognized in their raw sprouted form, but when cooked, they have a wonderful earthy flavor similar to lentils. They're an excellent source of fiber and iron. Also, they cook up in no time (no overnight soaking is required), and make a hearty addition to soups, salads and assorted vegetarian recipes.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup dried mung beans

  • 3 cups water

  • Fine mesh strainer

  • Medium-sized saucepot

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Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients and Tools.

Mung beans are prepared with a 3:1 ratio, meaning 3 cups of water to 1 cup of beans. This can easily be scaled up to serve more, but keep in mind that 1 cup of dried mung beans will ultimately yield over 3 cups of cooked beans.


Look for mung beans alongside other dried beans at the grocery store. If you can't find them in bags, check the bulk bins.

Step 2: Sort Through and Rinse the Beans

Mung beans are very small before cooking, so make sure to use a fine mesh strainer when rinsing.

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Step 3: Cook the Beans

Place the beans and water in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for approximately 25 minutes, uncovered. Keep an eye on the beans and make sure they're always covered with water. Add additional water to the pot if necessary.

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Step 4: Drain and Serve

Drain the remaining water through the same fine mesh strainer. The beans should be tender but slightly toothsome.

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You can use mung beans anywhere you might use lentils - in curries, stews, soups, and salads!

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