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Mung Bean Curry

Keri Bevan
Move over lentils, mung beans are here. Seriously, this is the best curry recipe EVER. Mung beans are healthy, healthy, healthy - and this curry is packed with flavor!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course dinner
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 450 kcal


  • 2 cups dried mung beans
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes *optional
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger finely chopped
  • handful fresh coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Optional Garnishes

  • handful cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coconut yogurt


  • Wash the mung beans and remove any stones (no need to soak). Transfer them to a medium size saucepan. Add 6 cups of water and a pinch of baking powder. Bring to a hard boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the beans are tender, about 30 minutes. *see note 1
  • While the mung beans are cooking, heat the coconut oil in a large pot. Saute the onions for 3-4 minutes. Add, the cumin, coriander, turmeric, chili flakes,salt and pepper. Saute for a further minute.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and saute for one minute more. Tip in the tomatoes and coconut milk and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and garnish with chopped coriander and coconut yogurt.


  1. If you find that the water is evaporating too quickly, simply add a bit more until the mung beans are cooked.


Calories: 450kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 19gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 560mgPotassium: 1254mgFiber: 13gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 272IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 162mgIron: 9mg
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