How to Sprout Mung Beans or Moong, Sprouting Mung Beans at Home

Making mung sprouts at home.
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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.

mung-moong-bean-sprouts

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 recipe

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. Discard all the water. Strain the moong beans completely of any residual water. Now place the beans in the same bowl or in another bowl. 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 all the water from the soaked moong beans. Wet a clean cotton cloth or kitchen cotton 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. Let the lid on the container be loose and not tight. Meaning just cover the top of the strung napkin with a lid allowing some space and air for the beans.

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. you can also add them to chaat snacks like dahi papdi chaat or can make variety of recipes like moong sprouts salad, moong sprouts sabzi etc.

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.

More how to recipes:
1. how to make alfalfa sprouts
2. how to make idli dosa batter
3. how to make paneer or cottage cheese
4. how to make curd or dahi or yogurt at home

Moong/Mung Sprouts Recipe Below:

Mung beans sprouts

4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time:2 d
Total Time:2 d
Making mung sprouts at home.
How to make Moong/Mung bean sprouts at home
Course:snacks
Cuisine:world
Servings:2 cups

INGREDIENTS FOR Mung beans sprouts

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 2 cups whole mung beans
  • water as required

HOW TO MAKE Mung beans sprouts

  • The method that I am mentioning below is to sprout the moong/mung beans in a bowl or a container.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cover the bowl with a lid and soak the beans overnight.
  • The next day the moong beans will swell. If there is any remaining water on top, then just discard it. Discard all the water. 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.
  • The second method ( I do not have pics for this one) is to sprout the mung beans in a kitchen napkin or cloth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  1. Hi… please let me know that to allow sprouting do we need to keep it at ambient temperature or in the refrigerator???

    • antora, firstly rinse the beans very well. then while keeping the beans for sprouting, do not tightly cover the bowl with a lid. keep some space for air through to come through. the beans should be drained very well after soaking. if there soaking water left with the beans while sprouting, then the beans will get spoiled.

  2. It’s now the third day with the Mung daal that i’ve followed the instructions. It has started to sprout but I feel that the beans are almost dry, now my only question is whether or not I need to just sprinkle water like the method in Muslin cloth was told, that if the cloth is dry to sprinkle some water on it. Please let me know soon as I am clueless what to do.

    Thanks

  3. hi dear I am a fan of yours as I always follow your recipes thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge, you said to put the beans in a cloth and cover them. But when I tie them in a potli and keep them covered I find they become all frothy and smelly so now I just tie them and keep open any suggestions. Also the container method does it work because when you cover and without water dont they froth I would like to try this method as is much easier pl let me know.Tks

    • thanks ninette. avoid covering the lid tightly. just keep some space between the lid and the bowl. i think the sprouts have got smelly due to this. also use clean fresh water and rinse the sprouts well before soaking the. the water should be drained completely before you keep them in a bowl or tie them in a cloth. what you do is rinse the sprouts and tie them again. keep them in a bowl but cover with loose lid or plate. in the container method, only the soaked beans should be kept. there should be no water. if there is no water, there will be no froth.

  4. Thanks for the technique, mine moong daal sprouted within 10 hours after overnight soaking, and it tasted better than sprouts available in a local store.

  5. I soaked the beans for a day in a covered bowl with water and the next day the water was completely absorbed with quite a few beans sprouted but I would want them to be more sprouted. Should I leave them covered in the bowl on the counter or in the fridge for 1 more day? Thanks!!!!

    • discard any leftover water that is there. cover and allow them to sprout for one more day. the sprouts will grow more. depending on the climatic conditions, you can decide whether to keep in the fridge or not. if its humid and hot, then keep in the fridge.

  6. Hello! If using the first method, do we need to drain the beans in a colander or sieve, and the transfer back to the bowl?

  7. hii I used your recipe the first one for sprouting moong and got wonderful results. It’s a such a easy method and saved me a few dollars and trips to Indian market just to buy sprouted moong. Thanks! Love your blog

  8. Hi! Big fan of ur blog! Could you tell me how to sprout in winters? Ur technique worked well in summer but I ended up spoiling the mung in winters

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