Homemade Mung Bean Paste

Mung bean is also known as green beans and the split and skinless ones called as mung dal. Some calling it mung beans as well and the one with skin called as green beans. That's how the shop owner differentiate the beans here! It normally comes in clean and beautiful yellow colour. And it's also quick to cook. You can make sweet soup or paste out of it. I even used it to make my dhall curry. So, as promised, here's my mung bean paste recipe. Happy cooking!

Ingredients :
500gm mung dal, soaked for 2-3 hours
350ml water
250gm sugar
a few pandan leaves/pandan extract

Method :

- drained the soaked mung beans and place it to a large tray for steaming.
- steam the soaked mung beans for about an hour or untill soft.
- once the mung bean is ready, quickly mashed them.

Now, dissolved sugar in 350ml water over medium heat. Then add in mashed mung beans and pandan leaves/extract. And simmer over medium heat untill became thick paste.

Stir the mung bean paste constantly. It's best to use a non-stick pot. I have omitted the cooking oil in my recipe. I don't think it needs to look glossy and it's even healthier without the oil.

Slowly you can see the thick paste is forming. It will looks a little crumby but it's OK.

Remove the thick mung bean paste to big bowl for cooling then keep chilled for overnight.

* Or you may try another method, click here or here. And here's also an interesting research done and some info you might interested in. Click here.

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  1. Hi Kristy! I just commented on your steamed piggy buns! My husband just made me a nighcap after a long day, so I'm still up and caught this post! You are so good! I can't believe how you squeeze all you do into the day! :D I'm glad I have such great photos with the instructions that you gave me. I already bought the mung beans so I'm ready to go. Probably this weekend when hubby is out of town for the long weekend!

    Thanks a ton! Have a wonderful day!

  2. I am so lazy so I just buy packet mung bean paste... going to try and make mooncakes again soon ;)

  3. Wow Kristy, I never thought in making mung bean paste...i am sure that taste much better than the ones that are sold in the store...thanks for the recipe :-)

  4. very interesting to me,kristy,i learned a new thing thanks to you!:)

  5. Kristy,
    Sorry, FYI , Mung beans is the actual name for what we call as green beans, not jst becos it's skinless. It's skinless mung beans.

    Is this filling for mooncake???? That means I'll be seeing mooncake soon, right??? I just can't wait

  6. Thanks for the recipe Kristy. I will try to make some for my first attempt at moon cake making :)

  7. well no ingredients for the paste here, but I do enjoy the recipe and its creation. BRAVO for the chef!
    Oh, thank you for the award that came all the way across half of the world!

  8. Kristy, you want to take order? I can be your marketing manager... ;DD

  9. kristy, so u r making moon cakes this time too?

  10. Lyndz : Glad that you finally going to put your hands on this one! hehe... All the best to you and looking forward to your mooncake as well.

    Penny : Great! That you finally found the readymade paste. Looking forward for your upcoming mooncake.

    Juliana : You're welcome! Hope you'll enjoy it.

    Alison : You're most welcome! I just copy down the link for you.

    Wendy : Do you know that even we don't call this as green beans here? We called the skinless green beans as 'dou sua' & the green beans 'lu dou' are those with skins. And that is how they differentiate the name for green beans. I just learned about this a couple of years back from the grocery shop owner. And that's how it works! ^_^ However, thanks for your info. Really appreciate it.

    3HungryTummies : You're welcome! So, finally you want to attempt on this mooncake. haha... All the best. Looking forward to your upcoming mooncake post.

    Jelena : So sorry about it! Well, guess you just have to drool over the pictures then. hehe.... ^_^

    Anncoo : Hahaha... Kiddin, right? Thank you so much. That so sweet of you. I take it as a compliment.

    Claire : Ahhhh.... why? I think I have to remind Elin for this. haha... Or you can just print out the recipe for Elin! She'll know what to do! haha....

    Hey, thanks so much for visiting and spending your time here today. Hope you'll enjoy the recipe and lots of fun with it. All the best, guys!
    Have a wonderful day.
    Cheers, kristy

  11. OK, I feel sort of stupid here...but I never knew what mung beans were! This made me go...ohhhhhhhh....THAT'S what's inside those buns. =) Awesome.

  12. I can no longer eat the bean paste purchased from the Asia stores here...they are too darned sweet and greasy...they just don't taste any more.
    Homemade one rocks!

  13. first time hearing about mung bean paste, always heard and tasted the red bean paste , never the mung bean.
    have a nice day

  14. hi kristy, thank you so much for the award..never thought i would be receiving an award since my blog is so new..this is a great , great honour..and now for the embarassing question, how do i receive this?

  15. Congrats on the award!

    I love mung bean paste. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  16. Hi Kristy, I am so touched. Thank you very much for including me on the list above. I am honored, never realizing you will take notice on my site.
    Mung beans, say no more, my favorite anyway it's cooked. Thank you for sharing another awesome recipe.
    Have a great day Kristy.

  17. Hi Kristy !! Thanks for giving me an award! This is the first time I receive an award. Thank you so much. :) *jumping with joy*

    May I know how do I go about getting it? Thanks very much again. :)

  18. Kristy, thank you SO VERY MUCH for the award. Like many who has also posted here, I am so touched. You have been a great support and I appreciate that so much! Not sure how to get the badge, though. Help :)

    The Piggy Mantou Steamed Bun is UNREAL! What an amazing cook/chef you are! AMAZING! High five.

  19. Wow, this is the longer method of preparing mung beans paste but I am sure it's worth it! Do you use this paste to make your mooncake fillings? I have been told by a bakery shop owner that I can't use homemade paste as it will be too soft and the mooncake would not be able to hold its shape.

  20. Kristy, thank you for this lovely award. Like the others, I am very touched and pleased. I've never made homemade bean paste. It looks so creamy and delicious.

  21. Kristy, Thank you very much for the award!! im so touched you remembered me!
    as many have posted, im also not sure how to "receive it" lol.

    the bean paste looks great!

    Thanks again for the award!!

  22. I love that the green bean is yellow! You are seriously an amazement. A delicious one. Congrats on the award!

  23. une belle préparation, j'avoue que chez toi j'apprends beaucoup de choses car j'apprécie énormément votre cuisine
    bisou et bonne soirée

  24. ...looks like a great filling for steamed or baked buns!

  25. Hi Kristy,
    That's a great idea to make moong bean paste looks great and super yummy!

    Kristy thanks for accepting my gift but the address you given goes to my motivational blog and not my food blog so it will very kind of you if you can make the change and link to my food blog Tips For Delicious And Healthy Cooking that is http://peacecooking.blogspot.com

    Love always.

  26. Thank you very much for the award, I was happily surprised to log on today and see that! I greatly appreciate it, that was very sweet of you to think of me :)

    The bean paste looks fantastic, I am sure it tastes better homemade than store bought.

  27. Thanks so much for the award...you brightened my day :)

  28. Belinda : Haha... so, are you going to give this a try?

    Angie : Yeah, I know! The homemade ones smell really fragrant & it's packed with fresh mung beans flavour. They told me that the homemade paste not going to be able to hold the mooncake shape. Guess, have to give it a try and see what we got!

    Peanutts : Now, you do! hehe....

    Lena : No problem! Will write to you later.

    Elra : You're most welcome!

    Andrea : Hi there, nice to see you around. Hope you're doing well.

    Madin : You're always a sweetheart and you deserved the award.

    Weng : No worries! Will write to you later.

    Mac : You deserved it, honey! Will write to you later. And glad that you like the mantou too!

    Jeannie : I'm not sure about that! But still have to give it a try and see how true was that! hehe... Never try never knows, right?

    Emily : Thank you very much!

    Sam : You're welcome! You deserved it.

    Priscilla : You deserved it dear! Will write to you later.

    claudia : Thanks so much and glad you like this recipe too!

    Fimere :

    Momgateway : Yeap, it is! Thanks alot.

    Sutapa : Thanks for the link, my dear. I have replaced the link already.^_^

    Kirsten : Thank you and hope you will enjoy the recipe.

    Julie : you're most welcome!

    Thanks so much for visiting and spending your time with me today. Hope you're all having a wonderful day.

    Cheers, kristy

  29. Fimere : Merci beaucoup pour vos aimables paroles. Je suis vraiment reconnaissant et j'espère que nous sommes tous les deux d'apprentissage en cours de route.

    Hope you're enjoying your day.
    Cheers, kristy

  30. I love mung bean paste. Reminds me of the famous Penang tao sah paeng...so delicious.

  31. Thank you for the award, Kristy...!! I feel honoured :). I will post it in my next blog-post :)! Btw, just want to let you know, I intend to 'steal' you piglet steamed buns idea because they're sooo cute! I still haven't made them yet, but I certainly will!

  32. Kristy, I really love your site. It's actually a wonderful culinary resource! Thank you for posting so many wonderful recipes, so honestly and so generously :)

  33. What an interesting post, Kristy. I didn't know exactly what mung bean paste is, and I'm sure it's a delicious ingredient in many dishes.

  34. a wonderful recipe, thanks so much for sharing!

  35. I just bought a pack of mung dal last week :) thanks for your good idea.

  36. MaryMoh : You should try making those too! It's not that difficult!

    CookingGallery : You deserved it! And thank you!

    Denise : It's my pleasure! I'm glad that you all are having fun at the same time too.

    Cathy : Glad that you finally found out what is all about! hehe...

    Natasha : You're welcome & thank you!

    Tigerfish : Hope you'll enjoy the recipe & have fun!

    Thanks ladies for stopping by. Hope you are all having a fabulous day.

    Best wishes, Kristy

  37. I think I'll try making this for buns/bread. For mooncakes I'm not too sure because the paste for mooncakes is thicker and more firm, that's the info given by the people at the speciality shop

  38. Cheah, thanks for the info! I know the homemade ones isn't as solid as those readymade ones but the homemade ones just so aromatic and fresh. Well, never try never know, right! Will post about the homemade bean paste mooncake next. So, stay tune! Maybe it's a big surprise! hehe.... Enjoy your evening.
    Cheers, kristy

  39. Your CRAZY in the best possible way. Them buns are happenin! I'm going to visit all fifteen of your people now.



  40. Thanks for the award kristy!! My grandmother just gave us some mung bean paste which she made, for us to make mooncakes...haha- everyone's making mooncakes now!! I've never made mung bean paste though but this looks really fun to make!!

  41. It's too later for the Moon Festival but I'm going to make this paste and make moon cakes anyway! I wasn't able to get the yellow mung beans until today. :D

  42. ...looks like a great filling for steamed or baked buns!

  43. Shunt de dung be thingy run join erituq da fuq


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