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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.

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.

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How to Sprout Mung 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.
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Mung beans sprouts

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Making mung sprouts at home.
How to make Moong/Mung bean sprouts at home
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:2 d
Total Time:2 d
Course:snacks
Cuisine:world
Servings (change the number to scale):2 cups
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups whole mung beans
  • water as required

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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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???5 stars

    • at room temperature megha. not in the refrigerator.

  2. Hi, I have tried the first method. Twice. My sprouts end up spoiling. 🙁 Help !!

    • 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. After sprouting how many days can these be kept in fridge???

    • 2 to 3 days in the fridge.

  4. 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

    • just sprinkle a bit of water all over. gently shake the bowl and cover and keep.

  5. 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.

  6. thnakyou mansukh 🙂

  7. 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 stars

    • welcome ankur. thanks for sharing positive feedback.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

    • you can strain the beans and then transfer back to the bowl.

  10. I soak moong for whole night but all moong was not swollen even after 24 hrs.
    Please help me.

    • enough water must be added to the moong lentils.

  11. I followed your instructions and mung beans have sprouted beautifully. Now how do we peel them?

    • thanks maria. no need to peel them. you can have them raw or steam them.

  12. 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

    • welcome bhakti. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  13. 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

    • thanks abhi, you have to keep it in a warm but dry place.

      • I tried it in front of heater. Didn’t work. What to do? Sorry for troubling you again and thanks in advance.

        • keep near light but not direct sunlight. eg near the kitchen window or near balcony. the light helps. if the place is warm, then its good and added advantage.

    • hi.my sprouts does not come.its winterhere in us.i follow all the steps.afte soaking it .i keeepin a container and keep inside oven,but dont cover it.canu tell me plz where i am going wrong

      • keep near a natural light source like a window sill. don’t keep in the oven. for sprouting to happen light is required.

  14. Excellent…

  15. how we can peel

    • there is no need to peel. i usually just steam them with the peels.

  16. Dear Dassana, it is a pleasure seeing you respond to everyone. I am struggling to have all mung beans sprouted. Every time some beans stay unsprouted and it is a big task manually taking them out. I use bowl method. Is there anything I can do to make all beans sprout?Thank you.

    • hi divya, once or twice every day just gently shake the bowl. this will allow the beans which are at the bottom to come up and aid them in getting sprouted.

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  19. Any idea how much calerie or protein in one bowel of such sprouts or mong?4 stars

    • elena, i don’t know the answer.

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

    • i don’t know how this is done.

  21. 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 !

    • 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.

  22. during summer sprouted moong needs to be stored in a refrigerator. Why?4 stars

    • otherwise they get spoiled.

  23. 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,

    • 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.

      • thank you.

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

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

  26. 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

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

  27. 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!!

    • 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.

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

  28. Hi Dassana

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

    • welcome richa.

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

    • 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.

  30. very good description of recipe with pictures
    thanks for information

    • welcome anitha.

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

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

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

    • 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.

  33. 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…

    • 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….

  34. make beansprouts

  35. how to grow beansprout at home

    • 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.