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Indian Moong Beans

A recipe for Indian Moong Beans made with green moong beans (also called mung beans) and flavored with onion, jalapeno, tomato, ginger, garlic, turmeric, cumin, and chili powder.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Author Renee


  • 14 ounces dried green moong/mung beans
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 to 1 1/2 jalapeno pepper seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water
  • Additional salt to taste


  1. Place the beans in a large pot and cover with at least 2 inches of water. Soak beans overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse beans. Place the beans back in the pot and cover with at least 2 inches of water. Add salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Do not let get to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer loosely covered until beans are tender, about 45 to 60 minutes. Drain beans.
  3. Place the pot over medium heat and add the oil. Add the onion and jalapeno and cook until soft and the onion is translucent, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the beans, tomato sauce, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, and 1/2 cup water to the pot. Bring to a simmer and cover loosely. Cook 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add additional water if too thick. Season with additional salt to taste. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Cooking time does not reflect overnight soaking time.