Mung beans are known by several names in the Eastern world, especially in India and China. Some other names for mung beans are green soy, moog dal, mung and golden gram. Mung beans are traditional used in Bangladeshi, Indian and Chinese cuisine. They are an excellent source of protein. Sprouts of mung beans are a source of vitamin C. There are several substitutes for mung beans when cooking.

Snow Peas or Pigeon Peas

Trying to find a substitute for mung beans in cooking, many people substitute with pigeon peas or snow peas. Cooking with these provides a sturdy substitute to cooking with mung beans. They are commonly found in many grocery stores.


Mung beans sprouts can also be substituted in cooking as well. Sunflower sprouts and soybean sprouts are a good substitute for mung bean sprouts because of their bean-like flavor. The sprouts are mainly used in stir fries and provide a crunchy texture to Asian cuisine.

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