How-To: Mungbean Sprouts

by Kiran on April 12, 2013 · 73 comments

in How-To, Snack

Hello and Happy TGIF!!

We are back to Orlando after a whirlwind roadtrip that spans between two days, and required a total of around 18 hours of driving for a total of 1250 miles.

That’s a lot of driving in two days!

Many of you wrote it to meet us in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, Georgia but the timing was not working out from both ends. This was a very last minute trip, chock-filled with agenda.

I hope we get to meet you soon. And when the time comes, I promise to get word out sooner than later 🙂

How to Make Mungbean Sprouts |

Today I want to talk to you about sprouting. I’m obsessed because it’s so easy to make and I’m damned if I’ll ever fork out $3.00 for a tiny box of ready-made sprouts in the market.

No way.

Spring is finally here and there’s no excuse to not make this easy, healthy, crunchy deliciousness that’s evidently can be sprinkled on everything before devouring.

Even on a cupcake. I dare you 😉

How to Make Mungbean Sprouts |

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  • 1/2 cup whole mungbean
  • water
  • cheese cloth
  • colander


  1. Rinse mungbeans in several changes of water. Add it into a large bowl. Cover mungbeans with 2 inches of water to soak overnight.
  2. The next day, rinse and drain mungbean into a colander lined with cheesecloth. Spread beans all over to begin sprouting. Sprinkle some water to retain moisture on the cheesecloth. Keep mungbean to sprout in a well ventilated area. I kept mine on the kitchen counter.
  3. On 3rd day, mungbean sprouts are visible. Lightly rinse sprouts and drain in back onto cheesecloth. Spread and keep it moist by sprinkling some water all over sprouts.
  4. On 4th day, mungbean sprouts are ready!

Note: Between sprouting process, it’s essential to keep the mungbean and cheesecloth moistened all the time to allow for proper and timely sprouting. Sprinkle some water in between, if necessary. Sprouts should be refrigerated to avoid further growth and to retain freshness.


How to Make Mungbean Sprouts |

Off to unpack again, and hopefully I can find a place to hide our suitcases. I’m done with traveling for now. And I’m done dealing with packing-unpacking-packing-unpacking … you get the drift 😉

Next post? Obviously a recipe that showcases the use of sprouts. Stay tuned!

Have you experimented with sprouting before? My blog friend Norma demonstrates sprouting with a step-by-step informative post. There are multiple ways of doing it, the only difference is whether you are having fun doing it all 🙂


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1 The Squishy Monster April 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I actually just introduced my bf to mung bean sprouts…verdict? Everyone seems to love ’em! Love your how-to!!
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2 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 1:10 AM

TSM — thank you. And I love it when foodie’s recommend good eats to family and friends 🙂


3 Rosa April 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

I really have to sprout seeds and pulses… At home, we ate a lot of sprouted mungbeans, lentils and chickpeas.




4 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Rosa — the best is always doing it on your own. It’s so therapeutic 🙂


5 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ April 12, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Not a fan of mung beans. I’ll be very happy to sprout them 🙂 Great post!
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6 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Daniela — me too, but i love the crunchy texture once sprouted 😀


7 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 12, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Thanks for opening my eyes to something new, Kiran! These sprouts look so wholesome and delicious.
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8 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Georgia — another reason why blogging community is just so awesome. We learn something new all the time, from one another 🙂


9 honeywhatscooking April 12, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Looks healthy.. my mom gave me a similar looking dal, moong beans, or it may be a different dal, looks like you used a different technique cause she told me to just boil it in the pressure cooker and add my spices to make dal. 🙂 Looks lovely! Healthy too.
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10 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Honey — Lol, dal is so versatile. You can make sprouts, dal makhani, plain dal with tadka, dal fritters, dal paratha’s etc. 😀


11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM

I’ve never tried sprouting but it looks quite simple, I think I could manage it!
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12 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Laura — Yes you can! I have more than enough faith in your skills, my friend 🙂


13 Juliana April 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM

I love mung bean sprouts, and need to try to sprout them one of this days…
Have a great weekend Kiran 🙂
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14 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Juliana — thank you and I hope you enjoyed your weekend! Have a great week ahead 🙂


15 chinmayie @ love food eat April 13, 2013 at 2:17 AM

I always have mung bean sprouts in my refrigerator… it’s my daughter’s favorite snack too 🙂
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16 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Chinmayie — it’s the easiest and healthiest snack ever 🙂


17 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) April 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Norma is the Queen of sprouts – she is awesome! Mung Bean Sprouts are one of my favorites and seriously so easy 🙂
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18 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Alyssa — can’t agree more 😀


19 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies April 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Thank you for posting this! I have been wanting to start sprouting, and this is a good reminder that I need to get to it. 🙂
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20 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Kiersten — get on this, ASAP! 🙂


21 Kim Beaulieu April 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Kiran this is so cool. I had no idea I could do this. I have to try as soon as possible.
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22 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Kim — you need too, ASAP! It’s so easy to sprout!


23 Nik April 13, 2013 at 10:16 PM

I love that muffin pan stacked with the mung beans. I think you’ve inspired me to get back to sprouting beans in the kitchen, it is so easy and a money saver!
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24 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Nik — thank you! And I hope we all begin sprouting more soon. It’s just so easy and satisfying 🙂


25 lisaiscooking April 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I’ve been wanting to try this. Thanks for the inspiration!
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26 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Lisa — you are welcome 🙂


27 Simi April 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM

I love sprout and can have it with everything ….hmmmm not tried with cupcakes 😉 love the cupcake stand
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28 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Simi — i’m not sure how it’ll taste in cupcakes, but for now, i’m enjoying it in salads 😉


29 ashley - baker by nature April 14, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Oooh pretty, pretty, pretty! I love sprouts of all kinds, and this is such a great how-to.
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30 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Ashley — thank you my dear 🙂


31 Choc Chip Uru April 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Can’t believe you succeeded in making this so beautiful 🙂

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32 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 5:42 PM

CCU — lol, you know how much I want to hug you right now? 😀


33 Raymund April 14, 2013 at 4:44 AM

I did spouted once by accident, usually when we make mung bean soup we usually soak it in water for 24 hours but instead of draining them after 24 hours I forgot them and 4 days afters they sprouted 🙂
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34 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Raymund — haha, i love food accidents like that 😉


35 Ella April 14, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Oh, I love those mungbeans. Thanks for reminding me of them!


36 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Ella — you are welcome!


37 Carolyn Chan April 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Gosh I haven’t sprouted for ages !! You remind me how easy and fun it is to grow your own, especially in an apartment 🙂
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38 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Carolyn — it is so simple!


39 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 15, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Hehe now on a cupcake huh? Although in Chinese cuisine we have a mung bean dessert and it’s absolutely delicious 😀
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40 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Lorraine — and I love the mungbean Chinese dessert we get in Malaysia 🙂


41 Meeta April 15, 2013 at 2:59 AM

I love mung bean sprouts on salads and soup. We’re a sproting family with alfalfa, mung and radish sprouts being our favorite.
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42 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Meeta — i must try radish one day!


43 Wendy April 15, 2013 at 8:43 AM

My daughter is vegetarian and I love learning about international cuisine, so your site is great for us! Your photos are beautiful and the clear directions are so helpful! These mung beans look like they would be delicious tossed into a salad. I am looking forward to your recipe for them!
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44 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Wendy — thank you so so much for the kind words! I’ve posted the recipe using this delicious mungbean sprouts, and I hope you’d enjoy your visits to our blog in the future 🙂


45 Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste April 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Absolutely stunning, Kiran! Your photography is spectacular!
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46 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Kelly — thank you so much, my friend 🙂 xo


47 john@kitchenriffs April 15, 2013 at 11:37 AM

It’s been years since I’ve made mung bean sprouts! And they’re so easy, as your recipe shows. I should start making them again. Like you, I refuse to buy supermarket ones because of their price (and from time to time there are sanitary issues with them). Really informative post – thanks so much.
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48 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

John — you are welcome and now, go make it!


49 Your Cookery Book April 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Me and all my family like bean sprouts. I’m gonna my way to bean sprouting soon as it has been long time since I did last time.

Pictures are very beautiful!!! 🙂
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50 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM

YCB — thank you and enjoy sprouting!


51 dixya@food, pleasure, and health April 15, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I love sprouted mung beans and when added to salad or sandwich it adds so much crunch 🙂 hope you can finally relax now. And also, if you are headed to Dallas – would love to meet with you <3
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52 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Dixya — I would love to meet as well. We’ve yet to visit Texas but if and when it happens, I’ll keep you posted 🙂


53 Kankana April 15, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Making sprouts at home is so easy. All we need is time in hand!
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54 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Kankana — 🙂


55 Carolyn Jung April 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

I’ve had my share of sprouted bread, but never sprouted, well, sprouts, myself. LOL Looks like a fun semi-science experiment definitely worth trying. 😉
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56 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Carolyn — and I’ve never had sprouted bread before! Let’s trade 🙂


57 Ira Rodrigues April 15, 2013 at 9:39 PM

I use to DIY mungbean when I live in India and when they are perfectly sprouting, I just feel so happy :))
The photographs are so Pretty


58 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Ira — thank you and give sprouting another shot. It’s something so therapeutic 🙂


59 Joyti April 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Yes sprouts AND microgreens are waaay too expensive! I can’t figure out why – rarity maybe?
My family usually sautes mung bean in masala and onions, but your fresher takes sounds really really delicious and nutritious.
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60 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Joyti — there’s no huge market for it perhaps, that’s the reason why it’s expensive? Anyhow, these are so easy to make and I love your idea of sauteeing in some spices 🙂


61 Maria April 16, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Happy Travelling and loved your presentation of mung bean 🙂
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62 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Maria — lol, thank you but no more traveling for now. Keeping fingers crossed 😉


63 easyfoodsmith April 16, 2013 at 5:38 AM

Mung bean sprouts are loved by my family and it is such an easy process too; not to forget healthy as well. Lovely clicks.
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64 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

EFS — thank you and ditto on your opinions 🙂


65 kristy @ the wicked noodle April 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Love this easy tutorial! Thank you 🙂
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66 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Kristy — you are welcome 🙂


67 Nami | Just One Cookbook April 16, 2013 at 7:53 PM

I’m thinking this is such a fun project with the kids. 😀 And they get to eat… oh maybe that part could be an issue, but parents can get to eat!
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68 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Nami — it’s a fun project for kids. And once sprouted, they’d be so giddy with excitement 🙂


69 Gourmantine April 17, 2013 at 6:15 AM

Having tasted sprouts at a friends place, I also have my first batch in the making. It’s a little intimidating to take the first bite, but they’re so delicious you can’t stop after. You’re photos are beautiful and I love that vintage tin!
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70 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Gourmantine — thank you so much my friend! Enjoy munching 🙂


71 EA-The Spicy RD May 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I’ve yet to try my hand at sprouting, but it’s definitely on my to do list! Just saw mention of your sprouting post on Chow and Chatter and had to come over and check it out. Seriously, sprouts have never looked prettier!!! Trying this ASAP 🙂


72 Kiran June 14, 2013 at 4:02 AM

EA — thanks and I hope you tried sprouting. it’s just so therapeutic in my opinion 🙂


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