Mung Bean Porridge in Coconut Milk Recipe

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Mung beans, small and dark green, become bean sprouts when left to sprout. This porridge is commonly eaten as breakfast in Malaysia and Indonesia, but its sweetness makes for a fine dessert as well.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 6 to 8 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup mung beans, about 7 ounces or 200 grams

  • 4 1/2 cups water

  • 1 cinnamon stick, about 4 inches in length

  • 1 piece ginger, about 2 inches in length

  • 1 cup sugar, or to taste

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Directions

  1. Rinse the mung beans in a few changes of cold water, picking through them to remove any stones or grit. Place the beans in a saucepan along with the water, cinnamon stick, and ginger. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes, until the beans have cracked open a bit but are not mushy.

  2. Add the sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Continue to simmer until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.

  3. Stir in the coconut milk. Cook until the coconut milk is just heated through, about 2 minutes. Take care not to simmer for too long, or else the milk will thicken too much. Remove the ginger and cinnamon stick from the pot. Ladle the porridge into bowls and serve warm.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
244 Calories
6g Fat
42g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 244
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 390mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)