Vegetarian Mung Bean Soup

Vegetarian Mung Bean Soup

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Recipe and photo by Emma Frisch

  • Prep Time: about 10 minutes
  • Cook time: about 40 minutes
  • Yield: about 4-6 servings
  • Allergens: dairy


  • Mung beans – 1 cup, pre-cooked
  • Butter or ghee – 1 tablespoon, substitute with light olive oil
  • Yellow onion – 1 cup, diced
  • Garlic – 1 tablespoons, minced
  • Carrots – 1 cup, diced
  • Potato – 1 cup, diced
  • Vegetable stock – 3 cups
  • Lite coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Ground cumin – 1 teaspoon
  • Yellow curry powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Ground cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ground nutmeg – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Paprika – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Sea salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Fresh ginger – 1/2 teaspoon, minced
  • Chard leaves – 2 cups, shredded (substitute with kale)


  1. Pre-cook 1 cup of mung beans by combining in a pot with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 20-30 minutes, until beans are tender. Drain and set aside. (You can cook the mung beans simultaneously as you prepare the soup).
  2. In a medium soup pot, melt the butter or ghee on medium-low heat. Add the onions and sautee until translucent.
  3. Add the garlic and carrots, cover with a lid, and sautee for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the potato, vegetable stock and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, cover with a lid and reduce to a simmer.
  5. In a small pan, add the ground cumin, yellow curry powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and paprika. Toast the spices over low heat until they fill the kitchen with their aroma. Add the spices to the soup with the sea salt and ginger, and continue to simmer, covered.
  6. When the potatoes are fork tender (after about 15-20 minutes), add the chard (or kale) leaves and mung beans. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, and remove from heat.

Try this recipe with our gluten-free bread for a delicious combo!

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