January 30, 2011

Gujarati Mung Bhaat- Mung Bean and Rice Soup

Join me in a moment of nostalgia with my recipe for a classic Gujarati Mung Bean Soup. This is nothing like my playful recipe for Spinach and Mung Bean Soup – it’s an untweaked and deliciously traditional soup loved by the Gujarati peoples. Can you believe I didn’t stray from the recipe?

Did you know?

Many Indians consider the mung bean to bring luck and so it is used in rituals and offered to the Gods along with grains of raw rice.

Like most Gujarati recipes, every family has its own secret version of this mung bean soup, with probably the only similarity across all variations being that it’s always, always served with rice. The rice is boiled separately from the mung bean soup and usually mixed in just before serving.
Check out my tips on how to cook perfect basmati rice.

I topped mine with sweet, golden onions and fresh coriander. You can also stir in a spoonful of creamy natural yogurt for a mild tang.

If you’re feeling lazy and are craving a satisfying, filling, ‘all-I-need-is-a-bowl-and-spoon-dinner’, this recipe is your new best friend.

Get the pressure cooker out and make this during the week.

Gujarati Mung Bhaat- Mung Bean and Rice Soup
(Serves 4)


2 tbsp ghee (or oil)
240g raw mung beans, washed
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 clove
-inch piece cassia bark
¼ tsp asafoetida
2-4 curry leaves
1 tbsp concentrated tomato puree
750ml hot water
½ tsp turmeric
Pinch of bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
2 tsp green chillies, minced
2 tsp salt, or to taste
1 tsp sugar
Juice of half a lemon

Around 500ml hot water to bring to a soup consistency
Chopped coriander to garnish
1 onion, sliced into strips
2 tbsp oil or ghee to fry the onions


1. Heat the ghee or oil in your pressure cooker. Add the mustard seeds and wait for them to pop. Add the cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, clove and cassia. Saute for a couple of seconds.

2. Stir in the tomato puree and cook for a few minutes. Pour in 750ml water, and then add the bicarbonate of soda, garlic, ginger, chillies and turmeric. Bring to the boil.

3. Stir in the raw mung beans, put the lid on the pressure cooker and allow to cook on a medium heat for around 10-12 minutes (mine took 6-7 whistles but this may vary depending on your cooker).

4. Once the pressure cooker has cooled and the steam has escaped, open the lid. Your mung beans should be fairly dry and completely cooked. If not, add some more water and continue to cook until tender.

5. Add around 500ml hot water to bring it back up to soup consistency, salt, sugar and lemon juice. Taste and adjust the seasoning according to your taste. Boil for a further 5 minutes, adding more water depending on the consistency you desire.

6. Mix the soup into some cooked basmati rice. For details on how to cook basmati rice, visit my Perfect, fluffy Basmati rice post.

7. Heat 2 tbsp ghee or oil in a pan and sauté your onions on a medium heat until golden brown. Whilst it’s still very hot, spoon it over the top of your rice and mung bean soup.

8. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve.

Mung bean mad? Check out my recipes for Dry Gujarati Mung Bean Curry and Decadent Spinach and Mung Bean Soup.

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22 responses to “Gujarati Mung Bhaat- Mung Bean and Rice Soup”

  1. Sharmilee! :) says:

    Luv those cute little buckets…and the soup looks so tempting

  2. Satya says:

    This looks like the perfect nutritious comfort food…i love those little buckets too : ) nice click …

    Super Yummy Recipes

  3. Mina Joshi says:

    I love your pictures of the little buckets!! Love mug bhat too. Healthy dish. We are having sprouted mug with bhat today.

  4. Santosh Bangar says:

    perfect and healthy complete food
    1st time here wonderful collection of recipies.
    do visit my site

  5. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    Oh I didn't know mung beans were regarded as lucky. I like that! In Chinese herbal medicine, they're considered to be a "cooling" food and good for when you have fever, etc. At least that's what my mom always says. This soup looks really healthy and satisfying. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  6. Now Serving says:

    Sanjana, That looks very authentic and yummy!

  7. AshKuku says:

    I love those buckets….. The prep is yummy no doubt, but my heart is all out for those cute buckets…. 🙂


  8. Priya Sreeram says:

    make it the same way! looks so yummy 1

  9. Nithya says:

    This is absolutely awesome and so new to me. Love traditional recipes a lot 🙂 This is surely going into my bookmarks right away 🙂

  10. Priya says:

    Yumm, such a beautiful looking mung bhaat,soo filling and wholesome.

  11. The Mom Chef says:

    This looks delicious but I don't even know what a mung bean is. Gorgeous though.

  12. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says:

    wow, that's a nice one. Kind of khichdi, but you are keeping the grains whole and a soupy consistency. Nice one, will surely try it out.

  13. a frog in the cottage says:

    i'd love to have your soup for lunch !! to warm me up !!

  14. Mr. P says:

    I made the mung bean curry three times. Still have beans left. But do I sacrifice them to this when I could make the curry again?

    Choices, choices.

  15. Vaishali Sharma says:

    Simple n delicious one pot meal! Can have that any day! It's looking truly delicious. Those little buckets r so cute 🙂

  16. Sanjana says:

    Ahh, thanks everyone. The buckets are from a craft store in my town. I can't resist anything miniature!

    P- Sacrifice them.

  17. Ushnish Ghosh says:

    Dear Sanjana
    How are you? Here after a long time! Bit irregular now! Feel good that I haven't missed much at your blog.
    This dish is very new for me, will try. Now I know why Mung Dal is used in all religious , Puja function.
    There is nothing worth at my blog ( all non vege dishes), but you can have a look at my Posting on Sundarban , you will like it.
    You will be happy to know , we are planning to go to Dwaraka and Somnath in 1st week of March..
    Have a nice weekend

  18. Trix says:

    This post stuck with me so that I was out shopping for an entirely different dish and then I saw mung beans and my brain went, "That soup!!! Must make that soup!!" So I bought them. I am looking forward to making this later this week, mmm.

  19. Samantha says:

    Can you give me some tips on cooking time if I am using dried mung beans? I have been unable to find fresh beans in my area and our growing season doesn’t start for a couple months!

  20. Lakshmi says:

    Hi Sanjana,

    I see that in many of your recipes you use bicarbonate ,soda. any particular reason??

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