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Best Mungo Beans Recipe

mungo beans recipe

As a food enthusiast, I always love to discover new recipes and experiment with different ingredients. Mungo beans, also known as black gram, is one of my recent discoveries. Not only is it healthy, but it also has a unique flavor and texture that can be used in various dishes. In this article, I will share with you the best mungo beans recipe that I have tried and tested.

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Main Dish
  • Recipe Cuisine: Indian
  • Aggregate Rating: 4.5/5


  • 1 cup mungo beans
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups water


  1. Wash and soak the mungo beans in water for at least 4 hours.
  2. In a pressure cooker or pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and ginger. Saute until the onion becomes translucent.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes become soft.
  5. Drain the soaked mungo beans and add them to the pot.
  6. Add the turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and salt. Mix well.
  7. Add 4 cups of water and mix again.
  8. Cover the pot with a lid and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles or simmer for 30-40 minutes until the mungo beans are soft and tender.
  9. Remove from heat and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.


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  • What are mungo beans?
    Mungo beans, also known as black gram, are a type of legume commonly used in Indian cuisine.
  • Where can I buy mungo beans?
    You can buy mungo beans in most grocery stores or online.
  • Can I use canned mungo beans?
    Yes, you can use canned mungo beans, but the texture and flavor may differ from using freshly soaked beans.
  • What can I serve with mungo beans?
    Mungo beans can be served with rice, naan bread, or as a side dish with other main dishes.
  • How long can I store leftover mungo beans?
    You can store leftover mungo beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Can I freeze leftover mungo beans?
    Yes, you can freeze leftover mungo beans in an airtight container for up to 2 months.


If you want to make the mungo beans creamier, you can add a tablespoon of coconut cream or yogurt. You can also add some chopped fresh cilantro or green onions for garnish.

For a spicier version, you can add some red chili powder or green chilies. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preference.

Mungo beans are versatile and can be used in various dishes such as soups, stews, curries, and salads. Experiment with different spices and ingredients to create your own unique recipe.