green mung (whole)

Mung beans are the most easily digestible pulse. As they require less energy for digestion, so there is more energy available for us to use! They are re-knowned and praised for their cleansing, healing and strengthening properties and are balancing for vata, pitta and kapha. They are the ideal food for a detox. (see Cleanses). The whole beans are green in colour and need soaking. Soaking a few hours is good but best is to soak them until them just begin to sprout, sometime 24+ hours. I find the soup from sprouted mung is especially sweet and nourishing.

You can also buy split mung beans (yellow mung) from Indian shops – they are yellow, having had the green skins removed and do not need soaking. The yellow split mung is used in kitcheree.

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