mung beans with indian spices and lemon (revisited)

by goodnessis

The following post was first published in June, 2009 in the very beginning stages of our blog. We both love this dish, so thought we would update it & repost it.


Usually I never know what I am going to cook until I venture into the garden and start picking, smelling, and just being present and then the excitement, the inspiration starts to flow.  I always feel elated just having come in from the garden.  There is always an abundance and a sense of energy.  Always a desire for simplicity.  The idea of planting a seed, watching it grow, protecting it then eating the result which was nurtured, feed and watered gives me an extraordinary sense of completeness and purpose.  A closer connection to a higher source.  A sense of joy.

This dish is a particular favourite.  Earthy and filling.  Usually at this time of year there is an abundance of spinach, kale or chard in the vegetable garden, which I steam lightly until emerald-green.  Sometimes if the zucchini’s need to be picked I use those instead of the beans.



mung beans with indian spices and lemon

(serves 4)

1 cup of mung beans (preferably soaked overnight)

4 cups of water

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon of ghee

1 heaped teaspoon cumin seeds

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger

5 curry leaves

1 whole green  chilli

1/2  cup of fresh grated coconut

handful of green beans, finely chopped

350g of fresh spinach or chard

salt to taste

juice of a lemon

handful of fresh coriander

Wash the mung beans thoroughly and place in a saucepan with the water. Add the turmeric powder and a little ghee.   Bring to the boil.  Turn down the heat and simmer, almost cover the pot with a lid and leave till they are tender – about 30 minutes, depending on your mung beans.  Just keep in mind you may have to add more water when cooking.   If using a pressure cooker, allow for three whistles and wait for the pressure to release.

Wash the spinach or chard and steam until just wilted.  (The left over water from the spinach can be added to the mung beans if needed.)   When cool enough to handle squeeze out excess moisture.  Chop finely and set aside.

In a pan heat the ghee, add the cumin seeds, ginger, curry leaves, and whole chilli  (If you want it spicier, cut open the chilli).  When the cumin seeds darken slightly add the green beans and saute until just tender pour in with the cooked mung beans.  Add the chopped spinach, salt to taste, coconut, freshly chopped coriander and juice of a lemon (more or less to taste).  Drizzle with ghee when serving.  Enjoy with a bowl of quinoa and oven baked sweet potatoes.


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