Green mung beans, also called gram dal, are a legume that is widely cultivated as a staple food. It is an essential part of Asian cuisine from India to Thailand. Green mung beans have a mild but distinctive flavor that is nutty and delicious. Green mung beans are versatile and aused in a variety of dishes from curries to desserts. In Chinese cuisine green mung beans are used almost exclusively for sweet dishes.
Uses: To make tong sui (sugar water): simmer mung beans in water and sugar for about 20 minutes or until tender. Enjoy this sweetened soup as a dessert or use it as a topping for ice cream or pudding. Take care to not overboil as it can cause the mung beans to become mushy.