Mung Recipes

Mung beans are the most easily digestible pulse. As they require less energy for digestion, there is more energy available for us to use! They are renowned for their cleansing, healing and strengthening properties and are balancing for vata, pitta and kapha, which makes them the ideal food for a detox. The whole beans are green in colour and need soaking, you can also buy split mung beans from Indian shops – they are yellow and do not need soaking. As a rule of thumb use 3 parts water to one part beans.

Green Mung Soup


To serve four people:


1 cup green mung beans, soaked overnight or for at least 4 hours

2 pieces kokum (optional, available from some Asian shops or online)

8 curry leaves


Ghee (made from unsalted butter)

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

2 tsp cumin seeds

1 large pinch asafoetida

1 tsp onion seeds

2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped


Optional vegetables eg, carrot, pepper, fennel, spring onion  - finely chopped


½ tsp turmeric

1 inch grated ginger


Put the drained beans in a saucepan with plenty of water. Bring to the boil, skim off any froth, then add the curry leaves and kokum and cook on a low flame until tender.


In a separate pan warm the ghee and fry the mustard seeds on a medium flame until the seeds begin to pop. Remove the pan from the heat and cool slightly before adding the cumin, asafoetida and onion seeds and briefly fry. At this point you can also add some vegetables. Then add the garlic and other spices and cook for 2 mins more.


Finally, add the ginger and cooked mung beans and season to taste. Cook for a few more minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped coriander or other herbs


Kitcharee is a blend of split mung and rice cooked together with spices. It is light and easy to digest and therefore is an ideal food for re-balancing and gently detoxing.

Quantities are for 1-2 people. These spices are for a warming kitcharee. A simpler version can be made with less spices e.g asafoetida, cumin, ginger, coriander and turmeric or cumin, ginger and turmeric.


1/3 cup split mung beans

2 ½  cups water

¼  cup white basmati rice

2-3 tsp ghee 

1/4 tsp mustard seeds

a pinch of asafoetida

½ tsp cumin seeds

4 crushed peppercorns

1 crushed cardamon

1 tsp onion seeds

1 small clove garlic

1 carrot, chopped small

½ inch ginger root

¼ tsp turmeric

3/4 tsp coriander powder

Rock salt to taste

Fresh coriander, chopped to add at end (or rocket / spinach etc)


Simmer the mung for 10 mins in the water with a lid on. Then add the basmati rice and cook a further 15 mins.

Meanwhile warm the ghee in a large pan and roast the mustard seeds until they begin to pop. Remove the pan from the heat and cool slightly before adding the cumin and asafoetida and briefly fry. Then add the next group of spices and the carrot and fry for 5 mins. Finally add the final spices and a little water. Cover and simmer until the carrot  is tender. Mix all when they are ready and add the chopped coriander immediately before serving.

Kitcharee is best eaten fresh, but if you do have leftovers it can be made into a croquette and fried up the next day. Other vegetables can be used as well as carrot: courgette, French beans, red pepper, fennel etc.

Creamy Mung Soup

one of my favourite recipes…

1 cup of mung dal (split mung)

2-3 cups courgette/squash etc

3 parts water

5-7 curry leaves

3 kokum

1 tsp mustard seeds

3 tsp ghee

1 pinch hing (asafoetida)

3 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp tumeric

2 tsp grated ginger root

1/2 cup coconut milk

small pieces of vegetable eg. cauliflower/broccoli, red pepper/carrot

Fresh coriander.

Wash the mung dal well and cook with the water, curry leaves and kokum until soft. remove kokum pieces and blend.

In a seperate pan fry the mustard seeds in ghee until they begin to pop, then turn off the heat before adding the asafoetida and other spices. Next add the coconut milk and small vegetable pieces. Season well and add more water/liquid from the cooked mung and simmer for 5 mins until the vegetables are just tender.

Add the blended mung and warm thoroughly. Serve with plenty of chopped coriander. Delicious!

Middle Eastern Mung Soup

Serves four.

1 cup split mung beans, washed

3-4 cups chopped vegetables eg. courgette, celery, pepper, carrot, fennel

1 tablespoon  ghee

1-2 tsp cumin seeds

1 small red onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

Yeast free vegetable stock

A little lemon juice to taste

Chopped parsley to garnish

Cook the split mung and chopped vegetables in plenty of water until soft.

Fry the cumin seeds for 2 minutes in the ghee, then add the onion and fry gently until golden and soft. Add the garlic and fry until fragrant.

Add the cooked mung, season well and cook for a few minutes more. Blend with a hand blender. Add lemon juice and chopped parsley before serving.

Yellow mung dal

1 cup split mung beans  (no need to soak)

3 cups water

1 tbsp Ghee

½ tsp Mustard seeds

3 Cardamon crushed

Pinch of Asafoetida

2 cloves Garlic, crushed

1 inch Ginger, grated

½ tsp Tumeric

2 tsp Coriander

½ tsp mild Curry powder (Waitrose do a chilli-free  mild madras)

1/3 cup Coconut milk

2 handfuls Spinach or 1 handful fresh coriander

Cook the mung beans until soft.

Fry the first group of spices for a few minutes, then add the garlic etc and fry 2 more minutes. Add the coconut milk, cooked dal and salt to taste and cook together for a few minutes. Stir in the spinach/coriander just before serving. Serve with basmati rice.