Coconut Lime Mung Bean Stew


If you like lentil soup, you will love this mung bean stew. The lime, ginger and coconut milk in it elevates this stew with Thai flavors and delicious aromas.

Just like lentils, mung beans are nutritionally dense and bursting with plant-protein. Though they aren’t among the most popular beans in the U.S., you can still find them dried and sprouted at major grocery stores and health food markets. Since they are tiny, they cook pretty fast so that’s a plus. Enjoy this Coconut Lime Mung Bean Stew with crackers or pita for a homemade vegan lunch or with brown rice and salad for dinner.

Coconut Lime Mung Bean Stew

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  • 4 Servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Calories: 303


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  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dry mung beans (soaked in water overnight)
  • 1 can low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped


  • Step 1

    Place large soup pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Once pot is hot, add onion, garlic, carrot, ginger, jalapeno, salt and cumin to the pot. Stir to combine and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Strain the soaked mung beans and add them to the pot. Then, add coconut milk and vegetable broth. Bring pot to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 20-25 minutes. Carrots and beans should be soft.

  • Step 3

    Finally, squeeze fresh lime and stir in fresh cilantro before serving. Serve with warm pita or brown rice.

Make Ahead Tips

Mung beans should be soaked in water overnight. Discard soaking water before adding mung beans to the stew.

2 responses to “Coconut Lime Mung Bean Stew

  1. YUM! Thank you for this! I have been interested in cooking with mung beans. I knew there was some easy recipe out there that I’ve used in the past, but I couldn’t find it. Also, I can’t have garlic or turmeric, and I was having a hard time finding recipes with those, or at least that don’t have 10 cloves of garlic in them.
    I stumbled upon this one and left out the garlic. Still SO good! I used turkey broth, because that’s what I had. I think the lime is the key. YUM!

    1. I’m so happy you like the recipe! It’s a favorite in my home; so flavorful and nourishing. I love your addition of turkey broth! Enjoy in good health!!

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