Prepare mung beans

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Prepare mung beans
Prepare mung beans

Mung beans are delicious and versatile beans that can be used in almost any savory dish. Sprout the mung beans to make a fresh, crunchy treat or boil them to make a hearty stew. The sprouts of mung beans, also called bean sprouts, can be used in sandwiches, salads, stir-fries and noodle dishes. Cooked mung beans can be seasoned and eaten as a stew, added to curries and used as a substitute for other beans in bean dishes.


Method 1 of 4: Prepare cooked and dried mung beans

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Step 1. Sort the beans

Slowly pour the beans into a large bowl. Watch the beans carefully as you pour. Sometimes a bag of dried beans may contain small stones and other inedible dirt particles.

Take out other suspicious-looking beans as well. Old, wrinkled beans do not soften well and can damage your teeth

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Step 2. Bring some water to a boil

Place a large saucepan on the stove. Put about 700 ml of fresh water in the pan and heat the water over a high heat until it boils.

  • Always cook with cold tap water. Hot tap water can dissolve contaminants in the water supply and end up in your food.
  • Add the salt. Yes, that is really necessary. Contrary to popular belief, the skin of the beans is only temporarily toughened by the salt. The salt actually makes the beans cook faster and season them more evenly.
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Step 3. Put the dried beans in the water

Put 200 grams of dried mung beans in the boiling water. Stir the beans well in the water so that they become soaked. Don't worry if there are some beans floating on the surface of the water. When these beans have absorbed enough water, they will sink to the bottom.

  • Use more water if you want to cook more than 200 grams of beans. For every 200 grams of beans you want to prepare, boil 700 ml of water.
  • With 200 grams of dried mung beans you get 600 grams of cooked beans, or about three servings.
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Step 4. Let the beans simmer for 30-40 minutes

After you've put the beans in the pan, wait for the water to boil again. Then turn the heat down to medium-low heat. Simmer the beans for 45 minutes to an hour, or until they are soft. To check if the beans are cooked, remove a small spoonful of beans from the pan, let them cool and taste them.

You will see small amounts of bubbles form in a pan of gently boiling water. If the liquid is bubbling too much on the surface, turn the heat down

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Step 5. Season the beans and serve

You can mix the soft beans to serve as a savory stew, drain them to make a healthy side dish, or add them to your favorite savory dish. You can season mung beans with:

  • Raw flavors such as green onions and fresh herbs
  • Salt, pepper and olive oil
  • coconut milk
  • A spice mixture of coriander, cumin and ginger

Method 2 of 4: Using a slow cooker

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Step 1. Sort the beans into the slow cooker

Slowly pour the beans into the slow cooker and watch them carefully. If you find rocks or unusually hard beans, take them out and throw them away. Otherwise you can damage your teeth while eating.

When in doubt, discard the bean. For example, if you're not sure if a bean is too old to eat, err on the side of caution and throw it away

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Step 2. Add cooking liquid

You need about 700 ml of liquid and a teaspoon of salt per 200 grams of beans (it is not true that salt makes the beans tough). You can use fresh water, vegetable stock or meat stock. If you use stock, you can add less salt. However, be careful not to overfill the slow cooker.

Most slow cookers have a fill line on the inside. If yours doesn't, fill your slow cooker halfway

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Step 3. Put spices in the slow cooker

Place herbs and spices such as onions, garlic and bay leaves in the slow cooker. Other delicious seasonings are:

  • Butter
  • curry powder
  • shallots
  • Ginger
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Step 4. Boil the beans

Put the lid on your slow cooker and turn it on. You can use the low setting to cook the beans for 6.5 hours to give them a creamy texture that resembles soup. Another option is to cook the beans on high for three hours to make a thinner bean dish.

After an hour, check the beans occasionally to see how cooked they are. The beans are done when they are soft and flavorful

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Step 5. Season the beans and serve

Season the beans to taste with salt and pepper. After seasoning, serve the beans immediately. You can add extra cooking liquid to make vegetable soup on a bed of rice. You can also serve the beans as a healthy side dish.

The leftover beans can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days

Method 3 of 4: Eating sprouted mung beans

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Step 1. Pour the dry mung beans into a large bowl

Pour the beans into the bowl very slowly and watch them carefully. This way you can see if there are stones and other dirt particles between the beans.

If a bean looks suspicious, err on the side of caution and throw it away

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Step 2. Pour water over the beans

Use 500-700 ml of water per 200 grams of beans. Pour the water over the beans. Don't worry if beans come up. They sink to the bottom when they have absorbed enough water.

Cover the bowl with a lid or cling film to protect the beans from dirt

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Step 3. Soak the beans for 24 hours

Place the bowl of mung beans in a cool, dark place for at least 24 hours. This allows the beans to absorb the water and begin to germinate. Choose a quiet place where you don't run the risk of the beans being knocked over by someone. Some good places to put the beans are:

  • A corner in a pantry
  • Under the sink
  • In an unused cupboard
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Step 4. Drain the water and cover the beans

After 24 hours, drain the water from the bowl with the beans. You can pour everything into a colander or gently tilt the bowl over the sink. Then cover the bowl with a piece of cheesecloth, gauze or a thin tea towel. The beans are thus protected and still exposed to the air.

  • Return the beans to their cool, dark place to germinate.
  • You can buy cheesecloth at cooking shops, cheese dairies, fabric stores and on the internet.
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Step 5. Look at the beans

When 24 to 48 hours have passed, examine the beans to see if they are ready to eat. Sprouted beans have a small white tail and the bean is snapped in half. If you want sprouts with a longer tail, let the beans sit for a few hours longer to germinate.

Don't let the beans germinate for more than a few days, otherwise they will fill up with water and become tasteless

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Step 6. Serve the beans

First rinse the germinated beans under the cold tap to remove all dirt and residue. Let the beans dry for a few minutes on a plate with a paper towel on top. Serve the beans immediately. Some excellent serving methods include:

  • Add the beans to a salad
  • Season the beans with olive oil, pepper and salt for a fresh side dish
  • Put the germs on your sandwich for a crispy and healthy dish

Method 4 of 4: Prepare mung bean dishes

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Step 1. Replace most types of beans with mung beans

Many bean recipes that use cooked peas, chickpeas, and lentils will also allow you to use cooked mung beans. For example, you can make falafel with mung beans by replacing the soaked chickpeas with cooked mung beans. Some other delicious dishes in which the beans have been replaced by mung beans are:

  • Pea soup with mung beans instead of peas
  • Cold chickpea salad with mung beans instead of chickpeas
  • Warm lentil salad with mung beans instead of lentils
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Step 2. Add sprouted mung beans to any savory dish

Sprouted mung beans are very versatile. You can sprinkle them over a salad to make it crispier and healthier, or sauté them in a stir-fry. Some other good ways to use fresh, germinated mung beans include:

  • Put a layer of germinated mung beans on your sandwich.
  • Stir germinated mung beans into your favorite vegetable soup.
  • Garnish with your favorite Asian noodle dish.
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Step 3. Make a curry with mung beans

Savory mung beans are great with traditional curry flavors such as garam masala, coconut milk, ginger and lime. Search the internet for your new favorite mung bean curry recipe. You can also stir some cooked mung beans into your favorite curry dish to add some extra flavor and nutrients. Some good curries are:

  • An Indonesian curry like gulai salai ikan khas palembang (smoked fish curry)
  • Palak paneer, an Indian curry
  • Slow cooker chicken curry

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