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Moong Lentils

Also Known As : Green gram, Mung beans
Technical Name : Vigna radiata


Taste Profile

Moong lentils with their skins on have a flavor reminiscent if green leafy vegetables but mung dal with skins removed has a mild sweet flavor.

Usage Tips

  1. Split green gram is similarly cooked like other grams. Split lentils don't hold their shape well, so they are often cooked into soups or purees.
  2. Cooked moong lentils along with jaggery and milk is used in Tamil Nadu to make an elaichi-tinged kheer, called payasam.
  3. Split moong lentils can also be ground in a mill or blender and used to make vegetable fritters.

Common names and forms

  1. Moong
  2. Moong dal
  3. Mung
  4. Mung Dal
  5. Roasted Flattened Green Moong
  6. Soaked Moong Rough Paste
  7. Whole moong dal


Moong lentils are little green pulses that are yellow inside. Moong lentils are used for sweets as well as savory dishes in indian cooking, they are eaten whole, sprouted, split with the skins on and split with the skins removed. They are cultivated in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Indian subcontinent.

Health benefits

  • Moong lentils are high in nutrients and antioxidants, which provides health benefits.(1)
  • They protect against heat stroke.(1)
  • They are rich in fiber therefore they aid in digestive health, promote weight loss and lower bad LDL cholestrol.(1)
  • They are rich in potassium and magnesium which helps in maintaining blood pressure and blood sugar levels.(1)

Selection Guide

Choose moong lentils which are dust free, stones and other impurities. Check the expiry date.


As mung beans are cold in nature they may react inversely with the medicines with warm nature and can cause upset stomach and diarrhea.(2)

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