Mung beans fritters may sound unusual. And Mung beans may not be as popular as other legumes. But they’re as healthy and very tasty. If you don’t know what Mung beans are and never had it before, let me show you what it is and give you an idea of what to make out of Mung beans.
What are Mung beans used for?
Mung beans may not be as popular as the other legumes such as black-eyed beans, chickpeas, or soybeans.
Years ago when I just moved to the UK, I couldn’t find this Mung beans in an ordinary supermarket. I had to go to Chinatown to get these lentils.
Now, almost every supermarket sells them. And I can find so many recipes using this superfood in many recipe books or the internet. Especially for soupy or salad kind of dishes.
In Indonesia, we call these lentils “Kacang Hijau” which literally means green beans. But if I search for green beans on the internet, it gives me a totally different thing. I couldn’t find the right matching word for it in the English dictionary. It was my sister in law who told me that in Urdu these beans are called Mung. So, that’s what westerners call these lovely and beneficial legumes.
Although in Indonesia Mung beans are mostly used for sweet dishes, i.e. Bubur Kacang Ijo, Ganasturi, Perkedel Kacang Ijo, Bolu Kacang Ijo, etc., you can use them in many savory dishes too.
Do we need to soak Mung beans before cooking?
I was quite surprised to learn that many people suggest soaking the beans overnight before cooking. My mom never does that. She soaks them for a few hours only. BUT, she always washes and rinses the legumes for 3-4 times before she cooks/ boils them until the water clear.
When you boil the beans, you’ll know that they’re actually easy to cook. It doesn’t take long to boil them, 15-20 minutes (from the water boiling point) should be more than enough. But you have to make sure that the water is plenty so that they won’t stick to each other.
So, next time you make meat casserole or soup, throw half a cup of Mung beans that have been soaked for a few hours. Your casserole will taste richer and heartier. Or if you wash the lentils and boil them in plenty of water until “al dente”, you can add them in your favorite salad.
But here in this post, I’m sharing Mung bean fritters recipe which is fairly easy to make and tastes delish.
Are Mung beans good for you?
Yes, just like any other legumes, Mung beans have a long list of good-for-health nutrients. High in proteins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and many more, these tiny green lentils have become one of superfood and suggested by many health practitioners, dieticians, and holistic practitioners.
Obviously, our overall diet and lifestyle play as big factors for us to get the benefits of this lentil. But you definitely can rely on these beans as one of your diet staples.
Mung bean fritters
Fritters or “perkedel” in Indonesian, are popular finger food that can be made of many different ingredients. From Perkedel Jagung (sweet corn fritters), Perkedel Kacang Ijo (Mung bean fritters), Perkedel Oncom (fermented soybean “oncom” fritters), Perkedel Tempeh (tempeh fritters), Perkedel Kentang (potato fritters), and many more.
And my mom used to make them a lot. And we love them.
So, this time I want to share the recipe for Perkedel Kacang Ijo (Mung). It’s my second favorite after Perkedel Jagung (sweet corn).
The recipe is quite easy and it uses simple ingredients.
Enjoy your fritters with your main meals or as a snack to go along with your nice cuppa.
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Check out my other recipes that you’ll love as well.
- Indonesian sweet soy chicken/ Ayam kecap manis.
- Lontong sayur Betawi/ vegetable curry with rice cake from Jakarta.
- Not-too-spicy chicken kebab patties.
- Gado-gado Jakarta/ salad with peanut sauce from Jakarta.
All the best.