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How to Cook Mung Bean

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author image Michelle Kerns
Michelle Kerns writes for a variety of print and online publications and specializes in literature and science topics. She has served as a book columnist since 2008 and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Kerns studied English literature and neurology at UC Davis.
How to Cook Mung Bean
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If you've ever eaten the thick, white bean sprouts located in the produce section of your grocery store, you've had one form of mung bean. In their whole, dried form, mung beans are small and round. The unpeeled beans are brown, while the peeled beans can be yellow, green or black. In Asian cuisine, mung beans are an essential component of curries, bean thread noodles and the traditional Indian dish known as dal. No type of mung beans require presoaking, but the quickest cooking form are split mung beans.

On the Stovetop

Step 1

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Put the mung beans into a colander or strainer. Rinse the beans under cool, running water. Remove and discard all discolored beans, debris or bits of rock.

Step 2

How to Cook Mung Bean
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Put the beans into a large saucepan. Pour in 3 cups of cold water for every 1 cup of dried mung beans you use.

Step 3

How to Cook Mung Bean
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Bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat to allow the mixture to simmer and put the pan's lid in place. Cook until the beans have reached your desired level of tenderness, about 20 to 30 minutes.

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Step 4

How to Cook Mung Bean
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Drain the mung beans and use as desired.

In the Pressure Cooker

Step 1

How to Cook Mung Bean
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Put the mung beans into a colander or strainer. Rinse the beans under cool, running water. Remove and discard all discolored beans, debris or bits of rock.

Step 2

How to Cook Mung Bean
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Put the beans into the pressure cooker. Pour in 8 cups of cold water for every 1 pound, or 2 cups, of beans you are using. Add 1 tablespoon of canola oil.

Step 3

How to Cook Mung Bean
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Put the cooker's lid in place and bring to high pressure over high heat. Turn the heat to medium and cook the mung beans for six to eight minutes.

Step 4

How to Cook Mung Bean
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Allow the pressure to decrease to normal before removing the cooker's lid and checking the beans for doneness.

Step 5

How to Cook Mung Bean
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Replace the cooker's lid, return to high pressure and cook for an additional two minutes if the mung beans are not as tender as you would like.

Step 6

How to Cook Mung Bean
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Remove the mung beans and use as desired.

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