Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins
A perfect dessert for an Oriental meal. Sometimes i just drink it as a snack. Very fragrant due to the coconut milk. I've even poured it into a popsicle mold and ended up with a sweet bean popsicle! Refreshing and low in fat (without the coconut, anyway *grin*)!
- 1 cup dried mung beans
- 1 tablespoon dried coconut milk powder or 1⁄4 cup coconut milk
- 4 -5 cups water (about)
- 1⁄4 cup white sugar (about)
- 3 -4 pandan leaves (optional)
- Wash the beans, drain.
- Put beans in saucepan with lid, cover with water.
- Cover with lid, simmer for about 15 minutes over low heat.
- Add pandan leaves (tie them into a knot for easy removal later), continue to simmer for another 15 minutes.
- After the beans are very soft and some are split, turn off heat and remove leaves Add sugar (do taste before adding too much).
- Just before serving, add the coconut milk.
- Serve hot.
This is the kind of recipe that you can play around with to get the taste to your liking. The recipe says to simmer mung beans for a total of 30 mins. I found that I had to boil them at a higher temperature much longer to get them soft. Also, I used vanilla instead of pandan leaves. I boiled the beans together with the sugar and vanilla. When serving I put a small portion of beans in a bowl, barely coating them with water and added about a tablespoon of the coconut milk. Then I added a little more sugar, tasting as I went along to get the sweetness right. With a little tweaking this recipe came out great. Next time I will try the pandan leaves or tamarind paste to get a more exotic flavor. The recipe says to serve the soup hot, but I\'ve tried it both ways and I prefer it cold. If you prefer oriental-style desserts, which are less sweet with more subtle flavor, then you will love this recipe.
Thank you for an interesting recipe. I had never cooked mung beans before, and was quite surprised at how quickly they cooked. I did add the sugar to taste, and used about 1 tablespoon less. I didn't have pandan leaves, but used 2 drops pure pandan oil. (The oil is very strong, so I was being careful. 3 drops may have been all right, too.) After sampling the soup, I decided I wanted something a little more substantial, so increased the dry coconut milk to 3 tablespoons, and also added 2 tablespoons dry skim milk to add more flavor. I may experiment with sweetened condensed milk next time. I intend to serve this chilled. BTW, I think that it would be possible to get 4 to 5 servings from this.