Simple Sprouted Mung Bean Sauté

Mung beans are a legume used frequently in Indian food. They make a great snack raw, like popcorn with substance. They have a freshness and a bit of sweetness that makes them addictive. They also sauté really well for an easy meal.

Sprouted Mung Saute

Sautéed mung beans were a staple breakfast of my childhood. My mom always had sprouted moong beans on hand, and putting together this sauté was so quick.

Today, sprouts have become a popular health food crowd because sprouting the beans helps brings out the nutrients in the bean and helps with digestion. Beans are naturally high in protein.

Mung bean sprouts are the same sprouts you find in many Chinese and Thai dishes, but we don’t allow them to grow as much, so they are smaller, and the bean is left more intact. The result is almost a completely different food.

You can sprout lentils and many beans, such as brown garbanzo beans. It’s one way to get them soft enough to eat without lugging out the pressure cooker.

How to Cook Mung Bean Sprouts

Cooking mung bean sprouts is very simple. This saute recipe is more about cooking the onions and garlic so they are not raw. The process of sprouting mung beans makes them soft an edible.

By sautéing them, we are just integrating the flavors and spices and warming them for a nice serving temperature. That’s why the sauté time is only a few minutes.

Sprouted mung saute

Simple Mung Bean Sprout Saute

A 10 minute sauté makes for an tasty, simple meal or snack
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: mung bean, quick, saute
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 22kcal


  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric optional
  • salt to taste


  • Perform vaghar: heat the oil in the pan, when it is hot enough, add the cumin. You will know it is hot enough because when you drop in one cumin seed tiny bubbles fizzle around it. Let the cumin toast in the pan for about 10 seconds, until you smell the toastiness, but don’t burn the seeds.
  • Add the garlic and stir a bit.
  • When the garlic is a little brown, throw in the mung beans and add remaining ingredients. Saute for about a minute or so, just to brown it a bit and let the flavors develop.


For a softer, less crunchy saute, add a couple of tablespoons of water, cover and let cook about 5 minutes. I would encourage you to throw in anything else you might want in this dish. Add some onions with the garlic if you want, some chilies or maybe some ginger, it’s a very flexible dish. In the pictures we topped the beans with spring onions and a little parsley. Why not? Cilantro would be great in this too!


Serving: 340g | Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 48mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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Mung bean sprouts in a bowl

How to Sprout Mung Beans

Mung bean sprouts are the same sprouts you find in many Chinese and Thai dishes, but we don't allow them to grow as much, so they are smaller, and the bean is left more intact.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 1 day 5 minutes
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: mung beans, saute, sprouts
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 179kcal


  • 1 cup mung beans
  • 2 or more cups water


  • Put the 1 cup of dry mung beans in a bowl, cover with at least 2 cups water, if not more. The beans will double in size, you do not want any to escape the water as they expand.
  • Let soak for about 4 hours.
  • Drain the water from the beans. Wrap them in a paper towel, or tea towel. There should be enough water left on the beans to dampen the paper towel, if not, you may dampen the towel a bit.
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  • Place in a colander in a bowl, cover with a dark towel or plate so they are not exposed to light. Allow them to sit overnight or for at least eight hours until they are sprouted to the extent that you like. You can let them keep growing, but if you wait too long they tend to mold.
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Serving: 340g | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 12g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3.5mg
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(Originally published May 26, 2013; updated August 3, 2022)


  1. What a wonderful post! I love sprouts, and especially Arne is growing them regularly, and his favourite ones are mung beans. He will definitely love your sauté recipe, and I am sure I will, too. I admit that mung bean sprouts have not been my favourite sprouts so far (I love most mustard seed sprouts), but your dish looks so very delish that I will just have to try it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you, Claudia! I’m going to have to try some other sprouts. What do you do with the mustard sprouts? I’m going to have to ask Puja if she’s got any recipes for those. Indians do a lot with mustard seeds and with sprouts, I bet there’s something.

      1. To be honest: We usually don’t do anything special with mustard sprouts, we just add them to some sandwich filling or as a topping on salad because of their nice sharp taste and crisp texture. They also match very well with everything that contains fruits (for example a curry with tofu and mango). I am sure that Puja has some great ideas how to use them best!

        1. I asked Puja and it turned into a whole discussion between her and her mom. Mustard sprouts are used a lot in north Indian cooking. Hopefully we’ll do a post on that pretty soon, she recommended a dish with garbanzo bean and mustard sprouts.

  2. 1. A cupful in a bowl under the hot tap water to clean them (I use a transparent glass bowl).
    2. Let hot tap water (do not use boiled water) be two inches above the beans.
    3. Cover it with a lid and let is soak for four hours until they become tender..
    4. Drain the water( sine it has few nutrients, either save it for future soup or to mix it with rice or discard it).
    5. Put the lid back on. In 12 hours they will sprout fabulously.

  3. We used to eat sprouts a lot in my childhood but stopped for some reason. In any case, my family’s been trying to eat healthier so we incorporated this with our veggie intake.
    I like mine to grow a little longer but we grow the sprouts with garbanzo beans. I love it with red onions, red chilli powder, salt and then throw in some stir fry vegetables. Eat it with dahi chutney almost every night. 🙂

  4. i just have a question since mine did not turn out – the recipe calls for 1 cup of beans which double in size when sprouted, but then one cup of the sprouted beans – will the other 1 cup of sprouted beans be left over? thanks. Also there were some really hard beans left that needed to be picked out.

    1. Hi AS, thanks for trying the recipe. Sorry if it wasn’t clear but I intended the instructions for sprouting as separate from the saute because when you sprout beans it’s nice to make a whole lot of extras for different uses. I’ll sprout a big batch and use some for a saute, some just to snack on with a little salt and maybe some lemon, and some just to throw in random dishes, so this is why the quantities don’t match up. There should definitely be some leftover.

      I’m sorry you had some hard beans. That’ll happen if your beans are getting old, were stored poorly at some point in time, or it could be you needed to germinate them longer if there were a lot of these. The weather has a big effect on how long they take to sprout. I hope you make these again and let me know how it goes!

  5. could you please tell me if the “split yellow mung dahl” used in katchari has been sprouted – or at least semi-sprouted by soaking a few hours – in other words, is the bean soaked/sprouted in order to get the hulls off? sorry if I’ve confused you…I’m trying find out if this mung bean, as used in traditional Katchari, has been sprouted?? Thanks for your help. Ellen [email protected]

  6. Mine have been sitting for about 20 hours and don’t look very sprouted – only a few show the white thread sticking out but none have popped out. I used a colander and a dish towel while sitting, could that be why? What is needed to salvage them so they don’t get moldy while I’m waiting? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Suzanne, it sounds like your sprouts are doing exactly what they should. You could take them out, rinse them and return them to the colander/towel set up if you are worried about mold. The ones seen in the post were probably sprouted a little over two days to get that much sprouting.

  7. I have a sprouting jar and the instructions are to (after soaking and draining) to leave for 4 days rinsing and draining every 8 hours or so. Nothing about covering to keep the light out. Your way seems much easier. Am I missing something? What is the periodic rinsing meant to do?

    1. I have the same question! Why do you cover? I’ve had some sprouting in a jar for 2 days and the tails are just starting to poke out… might be the late January Vermont temps. Should I cover the jar? Move them to a colander? Thx

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