Mung Beans

Moong (Mung) beans are small olive-colored beans native to India. They are soft and sweet when cooked.

Makes 2-3 servings


Mung Beans 1 cup, cleaned and washed

Olive Oil 2 tablespoons

Red onion ½ cup, thin slices, lengthwise

Ginger (fresh) 1 tablespoon, minced

Touch of India spice

2 teaspoons Salt

1 teaspoon Lemon juice (fresh)

1 tablespoon Cilantro leaves (fresh)

1 tablespoon

Preparation and Cooking Instructions

1. In a heavy-bottomed stockpot add 6 cups of water and mung beans. Bring to a rolling boil for 10 minutes.

2. Over medium heat, cover and cook mung beans for 20 minutes or until soft and tender. Add salt, continue cooking until it reaches a consistency you like. (Keep it warm.)

3. Heat a heavy-bottomed sauté pan. Add olive oil.

4. Sauté onions over medium heat until dark golden brown. Add ginger and stir-fry for 1 minute, add cilantro and mix well. Add Touch of India spice, stir frequently to prevent sticking, cover and turn off the heat.

5. Add sautéed onions to pot with mung beans and let simmer for 10 minutes over very low heat.

NOTE: If beans are thick, add ½ cup broth or water, bring to a boil and remove from heat. Serve with pita bread or rice.