Hearty Whole Mung Bean Soup
photo by PaulaG
- Ready In:
- 1hr 15mins
- 2 cups whole mung beans, picked over, washed, and drained
- 4 cups water
- 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 2 chilies, finely chopped (seeds removed, if desired)
- 1⁄2 onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups cooked ham, diced
- 10 ounces frozen spinach (thawing is not necessary)
- salt and pepper, to taste (I don't find it needs any)
- Tabasco sauce, passed at table (optional)
- Place beans in a large pot and add 4 cups water; bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, or as long as needed until the marjority of the beans pop their skins and the water is absorbed (if your water cooks out and the beans are not cooked, simply add more water as needed and continue cooking until beans burst; it is better to overcook than undercook, but in any event, continue cooking until the water is all absorbed).
- Meanwhile, saute garlic, chilis and onion in olive oil until the onion softens, about 5 minutes; set aside.
- When the beans have burst and the water has cooked off, add the chicken stock to the beans and bring to a boil.
- Add the onion mixture, ham, and spinach to the pot; reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and serve.
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Uncle Bill, I was truly surprised at how delicious this soup was! I used split mung beans and vegetable stock, omitted the ham, and instead of frozen spinach i used a fresh unidentified green from the organic shop down the road (was it chard? i think, maybe). I couldn't find fresh chilies so threw in some chili powder at the last minute. The end result had a deliciously creamy/nutty flavour. Wow! I never knew mung beans were this delicious.
I was not sure what type of chili it was wanting, so I added one jalapeno then then added some chili powder and turmeric for more flavor once it was done cooking. Also, I used just a pressure cooker, sauteed the onions and garlic for just a but and then added everything except the spinach. I used an entire 10 oz bag of fresh cut up when done and just heated. SO good!
I made this hearty soup today for lunch because I too on impulse bought a bag of mung beans and didn't know what to do with them. I used a smoked ham hock instead of the diced ham and fresh spinach as this is what I had on hand. Also I skipped sauteing the onion garlic and peppers and just threw them in the soup pot with the beans and it worked out perfectly. Very hearty and satisfying. Thank you FlemishMinx for sharing the recipe
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