Mung beans are small green legumes. Mung beans are in the Legume family of plants and are closely related to adzuki and cowpeas. Mung (moong) beans are small, cylindrical beans with a bright green skin. Mung beans are one of the most cherished foods in ayurveda. In ayurvedic cooking, they are used whole or, more commonly, split and hulled. Split and hulled mung beans are small and yellow and called mung (moong) dhal in India. They are very nourishing, while being relatively easy to digest--they do not generally create abdominal gas or bloating. According to modern nutrition, mung beans offer 14 gms of protein per cooked cup. Mung beans are also a good source of dietary fiber. They also contain thiamin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and copper, and are a good source of folate.
To Cook: Sort and rinse thoroughly before you cook them. These beans don't need pre-soaking. Add 1 cup of mung beans to 3 cups of boiling water. Turn the heat to low and cover. Simmer over low heat for 45 to 60 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed and the beans are tender. Mung beans are a snap to cook to butter-soft consistency if you have a pressure cooker. They can also be cooked in a slow cooker.
1. Cooked Mung beans can be eaten on their own
2. Combined with rice to make khichari
3. Combined with vegetables and greens to make hearty soups and Casseroles
4. Ground into flour to be used to make crepes or added to breads.
5. Turmeric, cumin, dried ginger and coriander are some spices that work very well with mung beans.
6. When sprouted, mung beans are usually just called bean sprouts
7. Egg rolls, stir-fries and many other Chinese dishes use the sprouted form of mung beans
8. It's important not to overcook these beans sprouts as they take less than a minute to cook when stir frying.
9. Nutrients are lost when overcooking occurs.
To Sprout: Cover 1 part of mung beans with 3 parts of water and soak overnight. Rinse and drain 2 to 3 times daily for 3-4 days until sprouts reach desired length.
Serving Suggestions for Sprouts:
1. Add to Potato Salads
2. Stir Fry with other vegetables.
3. Blend into fruit or vegetable juices
4. Mix with soft cheese for dips
5. Stir into soups, stews and fried rice as they cool
6. Grind up and mash into potatoes
7. Saute with onions for a quick side dish
8. Puree with peas or beans
Country of Origin: China
This product was packaged using equipment that also handles wheat, soy, peanuts and tree nuts.
Ingredients: Organic Mung Beans.
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