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How To Cook Mung Beans Without Soaking - Green Moong Dal

Easy, simple mung beans recipe explaining how to cook mung beans and how long to cook mung beans in stove top method using a pan, regular pressure cooker method on stove top and also instant pot method. Preparation times are based on stove top pan method.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword how long to cook mung beans, how to cook mung beans
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 184kcal


  • 1 cup mung beans (whole green moong dal)
  • 2 cups water
  • salt as needed

for seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or paprika (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger powder


stove top pan method

  • Add the washed whole mung beans to a medium sized pan and also add the water, mix well.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, stir and cover with a lid. Cook in low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes of time or until the beans is cooked enough and soft. (If you are cooking the yellow split mung beans, it cooks really fast well within 10 minutes usually). Make sure to check the mung beans after 15 minutes of cooking, since some brands of mung beans can cook really faster.
  • Add enough salt and the seasonings, stir in and serve hot with rice or enjoy it as it is. You can also use the cooked mung beans to make green dal curry or in salads.

pressure cooker method

  • Add the washed whole mung beans and water to a pressure cooker.
  • Close with lid and safety valve (follow the instruction manual always) and cook for 1 whistle or once the steam begins to release, reduce the heat to medium and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Allow the pressure cooker to cool down completely, then carefully open the cooker and see if the mung beans is cooked enough and soft.
  • Add salt and all seasonings, gently stir in.

Instant Pot Method

  • Add the washed mung beans and water to the instant pot.
  • Close the instant pot with lid in sealing position and cook in high pressure for 3 minutes. Naturally release the pressure for 10 to 12 minutes, then do a gradual manual release of the remaining pressurevery carefully.
  • Once the pressure is all released, carefully open the lid and stir the contents.
  • If there is water left from cooking, you may discard the leftover liquid or save the broth which is healthy and delicious. Otherwise use the saute function to simmer for couple of minutes to evaporate any remaining water).
  • Season with salt and remaining ingredients, stir gently and serve.



If there is any water left after the mung beans is cooked, you may discard the water (before adding the seasoning) or you may simmer for a couple of minutes in medium heat which will evaporate the remaining water.
If not either of these, if you are planning to use the cooked mung beans to make any stew or soup or curry, you can use the mung beans and any remaining water to prepare the dish.
Also the seasonings can be adjusted based on your preferences.
You can use the cooked mung beans in salads, curry, stew etc or add to rice, soups etc or enjoy them with seasoning for a delicious, healthy & easy vegetarian, vegan snack.


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 645mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg