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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.

How to Sprout Mung Beans

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.

How to make Sprouts – 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:

pani puri with sprouted moong mung beans

Few points for Sprouting 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.

Mung beans sprouts

Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:2 days
Total Time:2 days
Course:snacks
Cuisine:world
Servings (change the number to scale):2 cups
4.67 from 9 votes
How to make Moong/Mung bean sprouts at home
Making mung sprouts at home.

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 Dassana,

    I’m a huge fan of your recipes. Is always very clear. Thank you for putting these here.

    I’m trying to make moong bean sprouts using the bowl menthod but I have just a few tiny sprouts between yesterday and today. The beans are absolutely dry. Would you reckon I can give it a rinse and put this back? Please suggest.

    Thanks in advance

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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