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Sautéed Mung Beans

A Heart-Healthy Recipe from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Total time: 80 minutes
Number of Servings: 8

A healthy and satisfying take on this popular dish.


  • 1 Tbsp corn oil
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed (or 1 Tbsp minced)
  • 1 cup chopped white onions
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup (4 oz) lean pork, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 and 1/2 cups precooked mung beans (from 1 and 3/4 cups dried beans)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup frozen leaf spinach (about 2/3 of a 10-oz package)


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil, and sauté the garlic until lightly browned.
  2. Add onions and tomatoes. Sautée until skin begins to curl.
  3. Add pork, and sauté until lightly browned.
  4. Add 4 cups water, and simmer pork for about 15 minutes.
  5. Add the mung beans, and continue to simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and black pepper.
  7. Add the shrimp and frozen leaf spinach, and cook for 4 minutes or until done.

Tip: To cook dried mung beans: Wash and boil the uncooked mung beans in a large saucepan, in 6 cups of water. Cook until tender, about 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours. Drain.

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