Sprout Mung Beans at Home: Easy Beginner’s Guide

Learn how to sprout mung beans easily at home within three to four days using this easy beginner’s guide.

Sprouted mung beans with long shoots.

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There are two ways to sprout the green moong – either by placing it in a muslin cloth or by placing it directly in a container. I prefer to sprout them by placing the soaked and drained green moong directly in a container.

You do not need a sprout maker (or any special equipment) to make sprouts. Any regular container will do. Follow my easy steps, and you can make green moong sprouts at home within three to four days.

Ingredients

You will need just two ingredients for sprouting – mung bean and filtered water.

Step-by-step instructions

Soaked mung beans in a steel bowl.

Step 1: Wash and soak mung bean in water overnight. The next day, drain all the water and rinse again.

Mung beans with small sprouts on day 2.

Step 2: Day 2 of sprouting. Make sure you rinse the sprouts every 24 hours.

Sprouted mung beans in a colander.

Step 3: Day 3 of sprouting. Give the beans a gentle rinse and drain the water.

Long shoot of mung bean on day 4.

Step 4: Fully sprouted mung beans are ready to be used or stored.

Expert Tips

  • Make sure you have cleaned the mung bean and removed any stones in it before soaking.
  • Use filtered water for soaking and rinsing the mung bean. If filtered water is unavailable, boil regular tap water and cool it completely before using it.
  • Place the soaked green moong in a dark spot for germination, like a cupboard near the oven. If you cannot find a warm, dark spot, place the container in a brown bag and place it in a warm spot.
  • When rinsing the sprouts, handle them gently, as they tend to break easily. Place them in a colander to drain the excess water before placing them back for sprouting.

How to use mung bean sprouts

Mung bean sprouts can be used in a variety of dishes to add a crisp, fresh texture and a nutty flavor. Incorporate them raw into salads, sandwiches, or wraps for a crunchy element. They also work well in stir-fries and soups. If you are cooking with them, ensure they are added towards the end of the cooking process to retain their crunchiness and nutritional value.

Storage Tips

Place the sprouts in an airtight container with a paper towel to absorb any remaining moisture. Make sure the sprouts are loosely packed to prevent breakage. Store it in the refrigerator, and they should stay fresh for about one week.

You can freeze sprouted mung beans by blanching them for 2-3 minutes, cooling them in ice water, and then storing them in a freezer-safe container for longer-term storage.

Recipe FAQs

Why does my mung bean not sprout?

If the beans are old, they will not sprout. Use mung beans that are within the expiry date. Also, use organic beans where possible. Untreated beans will give you the best sprouts.

Why do my mung bean sprouts taste bitter?

If the beans are exposed to light for a long time during sprouting, the sprouts may turn bitter. Make sure you place the beans in a dark and dry spot. When you rinse the beans, do it quickly and place them back in the dark spot immediately after rinsing.

What is the best spot for sprouting?

It is important to place the green moong in a dark and warm spot for germination. A cupboard near the oven is a good example. If you cannot find a dark spot that is warm, place the container in which you are sprouting in a brown bag and place it in a warm spot.

Sprouted mung beans stored in a glass jar.

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Sprouted mung beans in a grey bowl.

How To Sprout Mung Beans

Learn how to sprout mung beans easily at home within three to four days using simple steps and no gadgets.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 3 days
Total Time: 3 days 10 minutes
Course: Other
Cuisine: All
Servings: 2 to 3 cups of sprouted beans
Author: Shilpa Kerur

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mung bean
  • 3-4 cups water use as needed

Instructions

  • Take the mung bean in a bowl and clean it, making sure there are no stones. Wash them thoroughly 2-3 times. Soak them in fresh water overnight (for a minimum of 7-8 hours).
  • The next morning, discard all the water in which the mung bean was soaked. Rinse the soaked beans thoroughly.
  • Transfer the rinsed mung bean into a clean and dry container. Cover the container with a lid and place it in a dark and warm spot.
  • Rinse them every 24 hours. Make sure you handle the sprouts gently, as they are very delicate and can break easily.
  • Place them back in the dark spot immediately after rinsing them. The sprouts may turn bitter if they are exposed to light for a longer period of time.
  • Sprouted green moong will be ready in three to four days. Rinse them in a colander before storing them in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • Make sure you have cleaned the mung bean and removed any stones in it before soaking.
  • Use filtered water for soaking and rinsing the mung bean. If filtered water is unavailable, boil regular tap water and cool it completely before using it.
  • Place the soaked green moong in a dark spot for germination, like a cupboard near the oven. If you cannot find a warm, dark spot, place the container in a brown bag and place it in a warm spot.
  • When rinsing the sprouts, handle them gently as they tend to break easily. Place them in a colander to drain the excess water before placing them back for sprouting.

Nutrition

Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 1290mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 7mg
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