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by dassana amit updated September 24, 2013

Mung Bean Sprouts, How to make Sprouts, Moong Bean Sprouts

How to Sprout Mung Beans or Moong at home. Making mung sprouts at home is easier and better than getting ready made sprouts. I always make mung bean and other beans sprouts at home. There are two ways of making the sprouts and you do not need a sprout maker.

In this post, I am mentioning specifically about sprouting moong beans at home. Soon a post will follow where I will mention about sprouting mixed beans. Mung beans sprout much faster as compared to other beans.

Sprouting Mung Beans – First Method:

a) This method that I am mentioning below is to sprout the moong/mung beans in a bowl or a container.

1: Take the amount of whole mung beans you want to be sprouted in a plate. Pick and clean the mung beans. Now wash the beans in water for 3-4 times.

whole mung beans

2: In a bowl take the mung beans. Add water and cover it up to 1 inch above the moong beans as shown in the pic.

mung beans soaked in water

3: Cover the bowl with a lid and soak the beans overnight.

covered bowl of mung beans

3: The next day the moong beans will swell. If there is any remaining water on top, then just discard it. Cover and keep the bowl for 2 days. You can check after a day and you will see the sprouts appearing. After 2 days you will see beautiful sprouts from the moong beans.

sprouted mung beans

…………… a closer look…

mung moong bean sprouts

Sprouting Mung Beans – The second method

( I do not have pics for this one…. in this method we sprout the mung beans in a kitchen napkin or cloth.)

1: Soak the mung beans overnight. The next day, drain the water from the soaked moong beans. Wet a clean cloth or kitchen napkin with water and squeeze the excess water from it. Take this damp cloth and keep the soaked moong beans in the cloth. Tighten this cloth and keep this cloth with the moong beans in it covered in a container for 1 or 2 days.

2: After one day, you will see small sprouts and they will grow after 2 days. For longer sprouts, you can keep it for one more day. These sprouted beans stay fresh in the fridge for upto 1-2 days. So you could keep them in the fridge after they have sprouted, if you don’t intend to use them on the same day.

3: Whichever technique you use, once the sprouts are done, you could now use the moong beans to make your favorite recipe. You could even have these raw in salads or slightly steam and have it plain or just with about anything……. even toasted bread.  I steamed the sprouted moong beans and had these as an accompaniment with pani puri.

pani puri with sprouted moong mung beans

Few points for Sprouting Mung Beans:

  • I have sprouted mung beans using both the methods and they have always worked for me. Choose whichever method that suits you.
  • If after a day or two, the moisture in the kitchen napkin dries up, you could sprinkle some water on it.
  • Always check the sprouts in a day. For the bowl method, you could just open the bowl and see. But for the cloth method, you cannot open the cloth. But you will see the sprouts coming out from the cloth, especially if you have used a thin cloth like muslin.

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3. how to make mixed bean sprouts at home
4. how to make coriander powder – dhania powder
5. how to preserve and store curry leaves or kadi patta

Mung Sprouts recipe details below:

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How to make Moong/Mung bean sprouts at home
 
Making mung sprouts at home.
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Recipe type: snacks
Cuisine: world
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole mung beans
  • water
Instructions
  1. The method that I am mentioning below is to sprout the moong/mung beans in a bowl or a container.
  2. Take the amount of whole moong beans you want to be sprouted in a plate. Pick and clean the moong beans. Now wash the beans in water for 3-4 times.
  3. In a bowl take the moong beans. Add water and cover it up to 1 inch above the moong beans as shown in the pic.
  4. Cover the bowl with a lid and soak the beans overnight.
  5. The next day the moong beans will swell. If there is any remaining water on top, then just discard it. Cover and keep the bowl for 2 days. You can check after a day and you will see the sprouts appearing. After 2 days you will see beautiful sprouts from the moong beans.
  6. The second method ( I do not have pics for this one) is to sprout the mung beans in a kitchen napkin or cloth.
  7. Soak the moong beans overnight. The next day, drain the water from the soaked moong beans. Wet a clean cloth or kitchen napkin with water and squeeze the excess water from it. Take this damp cloth and keep the soaked moong beans in the cloth. Tighten this cloth and keep this cloth with the moong beans in it covered in a container for 1 or 2 days.
  8. After one day, you will see small sprouts and they will grow after 2 days. For longer sprouts, you can keep it for one more day. These sprouted beans stay fresh in the fridge for upto 1-2 days. So you could keep them in the fridge after they have sprouted, if you don’t intend to use them on the same day.
  9. Whichever technique you use, once the sprouts are done, you could now use the moong beans to make your favorite recipe. You could even have these raw in salads or slightly steam and have it plain or just with about anything……. even toasted bread.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4


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elena February 15, 2014 1

Any idea how much calerie or protein in one bowel of such sprouts or mong?

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dassana amit February 15, 2014 2

elena, i don’t know the answer.

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srinivas December 24, 2013 3

hello sir / madam this is srinivas, I want to know how to make sprouts in large quantaty. nearly arounr 100 kg’s.
thnkq

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dassana amit January 13, 2014 4

i don’t know how this is done.

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Sub October 25, 2013 5

Hi there,
If choose to go by your method of using a container, do you think after the sprouts swell, is it better to
1. lighlty cover them with a muslin cloth on the top ? OR
2. cover the container with a lid which has holes?

Is one going to yield quicker results over the other ?

Thanks !

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dassana October 27, 2013 6

i would suggest to cover with a lid. thats how i always make the sprouts. not sure how the sprouts would behave if exposed to air via the fine muslin or the lid with holes.

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kavitha June 24, 2013 7

during summer sprouted moong needs to be stored in a refrigerator. Why?

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dassana June 24, 2013 8

otherwise they get spoiled.

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Murali June 21, 2013 9

hi Sir,
this is Murali from Hyderabad, India,
i have so many questions
i am doing a SPROUTS business,
if u don’t min which method is better for my business.
i am doing
1. soaking beens in water 2-3 times
2. keeping 10-12 hours in water
3. after keeping in cloth 36 hours.
is this the correct method ?

in my sprouts pack i am using (MOONG BEAN, COWPEAS, CHICKPEAS, CARROT, BEATROOT, PEANUTS{boild})

PLEASE tell me i can add any new item for my sprouts pack
sorry for mistakes,

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dassana June 21, 2013 10

i am not the right person to answer your queries as i make sprouts with small amounts. not large quantities. you will have to experiment and try and find which method gives good sprouting results.

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murali June 22, 2013 11

thank you.

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dhaman April 16, 2013 12

in summer season beans to be kept for 2 days it may be get smell should we keep is on refrigrator

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dassana April 16, 2013 13

yes, you can keep for 1 day out and the next day in the fridge. the sprouts will continue to grow even in the fridge.

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Anusha November 12, 2012 14

how we can remove green seed coat of mungbean sprout after sprouting to get better appearance

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dassana November 12, 2012 15

why remove the husk. they are nutritious as well. for appearance if you still want, then just rub the sprouts in your palms. the husk comes out. keep the sprouts in a bowl of water. the husk floats and you can easily remove them.

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tahti September 10, 2012 16

I love your site. thank you. I refrain from the 5 kinds of pungent herbs (garlic, etc.) and appreciate your addressing this in a separate category.

I sprout constantly! I mean I have three, sometimes four sproutings of different beans and mixes going at a time, so that one is always available on a given day. Also, if one “goes funny”, I will usually have something to fall back on.

world peace through simple, mindful eating.

tahti

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dassana September 10, 2012 17

thanks tahti. appreciate your comments and i liked what you said – world peace through simple, mindful eating… beautifully expressed :-)

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Suruchi August 21, 2012 18

Hello Dassana,

Thanks for sharing this! I generally use the cloth method which works well, but the sprouts start coming out of the cloth and are a task to remove them, so want to try the jar method. I just have couple of questions:

- When u soak moong in jar overnight in water, have u closed the lid tightly or just placed it on the jar?
- For the rest of 2-3 days when u keep it for sprouting in the jar, again do u use the lid? If yes, is it closed?

Thanks in advance and sorry for so many questions!!

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dassana August 21, 2012 19

even the same thing happen with me when i sprout the beans in a kitchen towel.

your questions answered:

- just place the lid on the jar. no need to close the lid tightly.
- i do use the lid for the next 2-3 days, but again here not closed tightly… just kept loosely on the pan or bowl.

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Suruchi August 22, 2012 20

Thanks so much for your response!!! Will try this…:)

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Richa May 29, 2012 21

Hi Dassana

I tried making the sprouts with the container method. They were perfectly cooked.
Thanks for the great recipe.. :)

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dassana May 29, 2012 22

welcome richa.

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Anitha May 15, 2012 23

Hi ,
I tried this , no doubt sprouts came out beautifully but moong skin got peeled . Can I kno why ?

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dassana May 15, 2012 24

the skin will get peeled when you cook the sprouts. some amount of peeling is natural in uncooked sprouts. but not all your sprouts should be without the skin. however this may happen if the beans have been over soaked.

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anitha jain February 25, 2012 25

very good description of recipe with pictures
thanks for information

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dassana February 25, 2012 26

welcome anitha.

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Tamara January 11, 2012 27

Love to see you here Dassana and yes very good to have the ability over sprouts whenever we want it. With love, Tamara

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dassana January 12, 2012 28

yes tamara…. whenever we need, we can have these sprouts at home.

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Deepak Patnaik December 26, 2011 29

Can we eat Mung Bean Sprout in empty stomach. I heard that if we take this in empty stomach it leads to gas-tick .

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dassana December 30, 2011 30

i have never heard that eating mung bean sprouts on empty stomach leads to any stomach issues. we sometimes have mung bean sprouts salad as breakfast and have never faced any issues.

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rex August 14, 2011 31

I’m very confused why in between 3 to 4 hours the beans absorbed a lot of water, for example in my expirement in 3 hours of soaking in water then i weighed,it has 25 grams then in 4 hours it was 45 grams..why? can i have your idea please…thanks…

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dassana August 14, 2011 32

its simple logic. they keep on soaking the water. the more time you keep the beans in the water the more they will soak water and hence weigh more….

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my lien nguyen April 18, 2011 33

make beansprouts

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my lien nguyen April 18, 2011 34

how to grow beansprout at home

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dassana April 18, 2011 35

u mean the only the thick and long sprouts as used in chinese and korean cuisine. i have never tried my hands at these, but u could google and find out. i believe they need a cooler temperature and not a hot or warm temperature as the root sprouts get spoiled or rotten in a hot climate.

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dassana amit April 14, 2014 36

in indian cuisine, we do have a yogurt raita. i guess the restaurant folks must be using the same recipe for the yogurt dressing. just take 1 cup of yogurt. whisk it well till smooth. then add about 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder and 1/2 tsp chaat masala. season with rock salt or black salt. mix well and serve.

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