Refreshing Mung Bean Chaat (Salad)

Mung Bean (Whole Moong Dal) is one ingredient I have in my pantry at all times. It can be used in the soaked raw form or can be boiled along with other veggies to make various dishes. I detest the taste of the raw mung bean and prefer it cooked.

Mung Bean can be used before it sprouts or when its still sprouting. For this recipe, sprouted Mung bean tastes best, but I had the unsprouted left over from another dish, and used the same.

You will need:

1 Cup Whole Mung Bean (green gram)
1 Tomato chopped
½ Onion chopped
1 tsp Chaat Masala powder
¼ tsp Chilli powder
3 Green chillies slit (vary according to taste)
Chopped fresh Corriander
½ tsp fresh Lemon juice
Salt to taste

Soak the whole mung bean overnight in cold water. Drain it the next day and place in bowl. Cover and let sit in a warm place for a day. This will make the beans sprout.

Bring water to a boil and add the sprouted mung bean. Boil till cooked through but still holds shape. Drain and transfer to a micing bowl.

Add the chopped onions, tomatoes, chaat masala, fresh corriander and chilli powder. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. This brings the flavours together. Add salt and lemon juice right before serving. Serve chilled.

This can be whipped up in minutes if you have the sprouts on hand. If you don’t have sprouts, then skip the soaking and sprouting steps. Boil whole mung in a pressure cooker till done. Drain and toss with the remaining ingredients. Serve.


  1. Simple, healthy and delicious entry!!!

  2. What a healthy & nutritious salad that is Namratha!
    I made some spanakopitas a few weeks back too and will be posting soon - yours looks great and it looks like you had fun at the greek festival.

  3. this is something we make often and never tire of. sometimes we add puffed rice (murmura) for a crunch, or unsweetened bran flakes.

  4. Looks simple and healthy filling salad Nam :)

  5. I love anything with moong beans! The simple salad looks delicious!

  6. The favorite kosambari in my family!!! Love it!!!

  7. lovely salad, for a colder summers like the ones here in Denmark :-)

  8. looks great nammu..the only way i can eat them other than this is when i sprout it and sautee it lightly..i can't eat it raw too...btw. the spanakopitas look is fun to go to ethnic festivals and enjoy the food...

  9. Beans, I could eat them nonstop! This looks super tasty :)

  10. This is such a great idea you have given me, to use other lentils for bean salads.

  11. Hi Namrata! Thats a very healthy spin you've given to a street food :)

  12. simple, healthy, tasty recipe:-)

  13. nams vey unique salad !!!
    liked the idea if chat masala in salad :)

  14. Hi Namrata,
    I am a student in Dallas and a big fan of ur cooking ...if ever in a mood to cook delicious food i always head to ur blog first ...the diversity in ur choice of recipes is really amazing ...being a foodie myself and since i am from bangalore/mysore i feel like there s some sort of affinity as i am reminded so much of home
    keep up the good work cant wait for ur next creative dish

  15. Hi Navya, glad to know u enjoy reading my blog :) It's always a pleasure to hear from people like you :) See you around!


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