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In the Kitchen With Amelia & Teddy: Magical Mung Beans

Magical Mung Beans

  • Makes


  • Meal
  • Prep

    15 minutes
  • Cook

    30 minutes
  • Total

    45 minutes


  • 2 large stalks of Swiss chard
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • generous pinch of asafetida (optional) (available at Indian grocery stores)
  • 1 teaspoon whole brown mustard seeds
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 cups Indian-style mung bean sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • 1. To make your own mung bean sprouts: 

  • 2. Rinse 1 cup of whole mung beans, then put them in a bowl and cover with about 4 inches of water and leave to soak at room temperature for about 12 hours. Drain the beans in a colander and then rinse them with some more fresh water.

  • 3. Line a large bowl with a triple layer of thick paper towels in such a way that there will be some left to fold over the beans. Fully dampen the paper towels or cloths and put all the beans in the bowl. Cover with the overhanging paper, or use extra dampened paper towel if you need to.

  • 4. Put the bowl in a dark, warm place (like a closet) for at least 12 hours but up to 24. The beans should sprout. Rinse them in cool water, then cover and store in the refrigerator, making sure to rinse them in cool water every day. They should keep for 3-4 days. 

  • 5. Now that the beans are made, cut the chard stems into ¼-inch dice and the leaves into 1-inch dice.

  • 6. Put the oil in a large frying pan and set over medium-high heat. When hot, add the asafetida and a second later, the mustard seeds. If the oil is hot enough, the seeds will start to pop in a matter of seconds.

  • 7. Once at least a few of them have popped, turn the heat off. Add the garlic and jalapeno.

  • 8. Put the pan back on the heat and add the chopped chard stems and stir for two minutes. Mix in the turmeric, then add the bean sprouts, fresh cilantro, chard leaves, 6 tablespoons of water, and the salt. Stir and bring to a simmer on medium heat. Cover and cook very gently for 20 minutes.

  • 9. Stir in the butter. Once it’s melted, add the juice of the lime and the sugar. Taste for seasoning.

  • 10. Serve on flatbread or toast with whole plain yogurt.

Slightly adapted from Madhur Jaffrey’s Vegetarian India

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