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God Bless the Mung Bean

January 18, 2011

Hello, hello! Thanks for all of the sweet comments about my wintery run—I was quite proud of myself for going out there!

This afternoon, I worked…read…and napped.  🙂

Around 5:45, I got started on dinner.  After my chilly time outside, I was ready for a warm, cozy dinner.  A big pot of mung beans fit the bill perfectly.

Curry & Tomato Mung Bean Stew


1 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 cup mung beans

1 tbsp. yellow curry powder

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 can diced tomatoes

3 cups vegetable broth

salt and pepper for seasoning


Heat olive oil.  Add onion and cook for 10-15 minutes, until softened and golden.  Add garlic, cook for another few minutes.  Season generously with salt and pepper, and add mung beans, curry powder, tomato paste, and tomatoes.  Cook for a few minutes, stirring vigorously.  Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil, seasoning with additional salt if desired.  Lower heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes, until mung beans are completely cooked.

If needed, you can add more or less liquid, depending on how “soup-like” you want the dish to be. 

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Mmmmm…mung beans are so good! We served ours with a big hunk of whole wheat bread:

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You know the only thing that makes bread even better?  When your sweet husband has made it! 🙂

I’m off to watch The Bachelor…hilarity will surely ensue.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2011 2:19 am

    I love days when I can get a nap in. It makes me feel like its the weekend 🙂

  2. January 18, 2011 2:21 am

    I’ve never had mung beans before! What do they taste like? similar to any other beans?

    • January 18, 2011 2:25 am

      They kind of remind me of chickpeas…dense and chewy. They have an almost *chalky* taste…but in a good way, as weird as that sounds. 🙂

  3. January 18, 2011 2:26 am

    I think somebody needs to rename the mung bean. It sounds so horrible and fungus-y 😉

  4. January 18, 2011 3:00 am

    How amazing does that bread look?!

  5. January 18, 2011 3:13 am

    I have never had mung beans before, but this looks amazing!!

  6. January 18, 2011 3:27 am

    Give me curry, and I’m a happy girl! That dinner looks great.

  7. January 18, 2011 4:09 am

    I am trying to add mung beans back into my diet. I am not really sure why I stopped eating them, but glad to have them back 🙂

  8. January 18, 2011 4:11 am

    I’ve never tried mung beans, but I love chickpeas, so these might be a good thing to try. They look delicious!

  9. January 18, 2011 5:35 am

    Oh wow, this looks wonderful. Especially since I’m a fan of anything curry. Thanks!

  10. January 18, 2011 12:14 pm

    I’ve never had mung beans, but you make them look really tasty, and that bread, wow. Amazing!!!!
    Can’t wait to watch The Bachelor! I recorded it last night so I can watch it during Aiden’s naptime today 🙂


  11. January 18, 2011 12:20 pm

    Fresh made whole wheat bread?! Yum! I had soup last night too, but it was not so colorful, and I did not have bread with it 😦 Boo to that! We did watch the Bachelor though, and I think it’s CRAZY that MIchelle was picked. It must have been for ratings!!

  12. January 18, 2011 12:32 pm

    Total comfort soup-yum! I eat mung bean pasta (had some last night too) and never knew what a mung bean looked like!

  13. January 18, 2011 1:36 pm

    Um yum….I could go for some of that soup right now!

  14. January 18, 2011 2:21 pm

    That is sooooo what I want right now! Warm soup would be so good since it’s sleeting outside right now. Never had mung beans – but I definitely want to try them out from that recipe!

  15. January 18, 2011 2:35 pm

    Wow that soup looks delicious! I’ve never had mung beans before but now I want to try them!

  16. January 18, 2011 2:39 pm

    Yum! The soup and the bread! I love mung beans, but we normally sprout them. I need to cook with them too!

  17. January 18, 2011 2:41 pm

    That is such a warm and cozy dinner!! I’ve really wanted to try mung beans. This post makes me want to try them even more!!

  18. Ginger permalink
    January 18, 2011 3:10 pm

    I’ve never had mung beans. Can you get them here? I’ll have to check with Sunshine, because that soup looks so good, and it’s cold and rainy here – perfect weather for it (could you get Ryan to FedEx some of that breat to us??)

  19. January 18, 2011 5:13 pm

    I’ve never had mung beans either – what a relief to read the comments and learn that I am not the only one! They look really delicious though – I’d love to try this soup. And some homemade bread! But my hubby isn’t going to making that anytime soon….

  20. January 19, 2011 1:11 pm

    Never even heard of mung beans but am totally intrigued. Sometimes soup and bread really does the trick (especially when it follows a nap!)

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