Among the lesser known beans, the mung bean is one bean you most certainly do not want to miss out on. This particular bean has proven to be a superfood of its own, boasting incredible cardiovascular, anti-cancerous and anti-fungal benefits. In this spicy mung bean soup recipe, the mung bean makes for a backdrop of deep, earthy taste and comforting texture. Complemented by hearty vegetables, exotic cleansing spices and creamy sweet potato, the result is a snack or light meal that packs it all into one package.
Feel free to toss other vegetables into this soup recipe, depending on your taste preferences. If everything else changes, at least keep the mung bean addition constant, as it is an ingredient you should get used to using more often and to considering as commonplace as rice. The body benefits are just that good.
Mung bean is a superfood just waiting to get the praise it deserves. Studies point to the importance of beans in preventing cancer. Mung beans are known to promote antifungal activity and they boast cardiovascular benefits. You can eat them whole, pureed or even as a pasta.
Spicy Mung Bean Soup Recipe
- 1 cup mung beans, soaked in water overnight
- 4-5 cups water
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 medium sweet potato, chopped
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Toss all the ingredients into a pot over medium-high heat. Stir, add water and place a lid atop. Bring to a boil and once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the veggies are soft. Enjoy!
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