How to cook Mung Beans

Soaked and washed mung beans before cooking

Mung beans is one of the essential ingredients in Vietnamese cuisine.  Cooked mung beans are used in making Vietnamese desserts, vegan, and savory dishes.


  • 1 bag (16 oz) of  dried, peeled mung-bean
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • water


  1. Soak mung bean in warm water for about 30 minutes. Wash well, rinse and change water.   Soak mung beans for another 2 hours. Note: mung beans probably were dyed with yellow color, so we need wash the beans well.
  2. Wash, drain and rinse, discard any brown beans.
  3. Method 1: Cook beans with  a steamer.   Steam mung beans for 15 minutes. This is the best method.
  4. Method 2: Cook beans with a rice cooker.  Cook beans like cook rice.  In a pot, add mung beans, salt and water level is lightly higher the bean surface, cook for about 15 minutes or until done. This is a good method.
  5. Method 3: Cook beans in a pot.  In a pot, add mung beans, salt and water.  The water level is  lightly higher than the bean surface. Cook like cook steam rice.   Bring water to a boil over medium high heat, uncover.   Now, lower to medium heat to 5 minutes.  Cover, lower the heat down to low, cook  for  15 minutes.
  6. Divide cooked beans into half. One part, keep whole beans for desserts. The other part, we’ll mash them.
  7. Use food processor to mash the beans.  However, when the beans are hot, you can mash the beans with a spoon.
  8.  Transfer cooked beans into containers.   Freeze cooked beans until need them.

Cooking tips

  • To save time, I cook the whole bag of mung beans, and freeze until I need to use them in any recipe.
  • You may want to use half bag of mung beans.

Dishes used mung beans





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