Cooking Mung Beans
Mung beans are different than other beans in that they do not require a long cooking time, especially the split mung beans. These small beans, not much larger than black lentils, can be found either whole, in which case they are usually a vibrant yellow-green, or split, and pale yellow in color. Whole mung beans cook in about one hour, while split mung beans may take about thirty minutes. Mung beans are mild and buttery in flavor. They can be used in place of other beans for a quick, and often more nutritious substitute. In Indian cooking, mung beans are often ground into a flour, and used to make cakes or noodles. Mung bean sprouts also have a high nutritional value, as they are extremely rich in vitamin C. The sprouts can be added to salads, or lightly cooked and served with rice and vegetables.
Mung beans are an excellent legume choice when health is a priority. They are also easy to cook, easy to digest, and have a highly approachable flavor. Try using mung beans in your next bean dish.
Balch, Phyllis A, CNC. “ Prescription for Nutritional Healing." Fourth Edition (Penguin Group, 2006).
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