Mung Bean Cake

Mung Bean Cake is a sweet or savory cake made from skinned mung beans. The dish can be made in the form of cakes or dumplings that are filled with sweet, salty or savory fillings.



Mung Bean Cakes are quite popular in several cultures as the beans have been around for several years. The bean is highly nutritious and easy to cultivate resulting in several cultures all over the world, using the bean frequently in steamed, deep fried and baked variations.


Mung Bean Cake Recipe: Ingredients Used and Preparation Overview

Traditionally, the mung beans are soaked overnight and allowed to soften. These beans are then pureed into a thick paste and mixed with sugar, vegetable oil, lard, coconut, cardamom, etc. Bread, wheat flour, rice flour, coconut milk may be added along with other flavoring ingredients like saffron, pandanus leaves, brown sugar, vanilla extract etc. The thick dough is them molded into flat, round or disc shaped cakes. Savory versions include a stuffing of spiced beans or salt and spices mixed together. The appearance and taste of the cake varies according to the region and culture that prepares the cakes.


Serving and Eating

Sweet Mung bean cakes are generally served as a dessert as they contain sweet durian based fillings, or cheese and chocolate fillings. In Vietnam and China, the dish is served as a snack or a dessert depending on the filling.


Popular Mung Cake Variations

  1. Bánh đậu xanh is a Vietnamese version that is prepared with mung bean paste, pandanus leaf, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Bakpia Kumbu Kacang Hijau is a version produced in Central Java. It is also referred to as Bakpia.
  3. Mung Bean Custard Cake is a liquidy Thai version of the same cake that is moist, but is baked to match the texture of the cake. It is commonly referred as Kanum Ma Kang Cake
  4. In China, several commercial varieties are sold under brands names.  


Health and Nutrition Facts

A single serving of Mung Bean Cake will have 96.89 calories. The protein content of the dish is 0.62g, the fat content is 0.07g, and the sodium content is 58.74g.  


Mung Bean Cake Blogs

How To Sprout Mung Beans

How To Sprout Mung  Beans On : 30-Jul-2010 By : Sudipa

My 5 year old daughter is fond of mung beans sprouts and this was one of the primary reasons for me to take special initiative to learn how to sprout mung beans. We all know that these beans are full of nutrients and are an excellent source of different...

Mung Beans Calories

On : 20-May-2011 By : barbecue

Mung beans calories are heavily stuffed with whopping amount of proteins, and fibers . Mung beans are bright green skinned color leguminous seeds, which has some extra benefits from legumes. They are non allergic to many people, and also do not cause...

Popular Mung Bean Dressing Ideas

Popular Mung Bean Dressing Ideas On : 02-Aug-2011 By : Gourmet_lover

What’s a great salad without a good dressing and every foodie worth his food knows how delectable mung bean dressing is. Rich, flavorful, and versatile, mung bean dressing spiced with herbs, spices and butter makes for totally sinful indulgence. Not...

How To Eat Kichiri – Sticky Rice With Vegetables, Meat And Mung Beans

How To Eat Kichiri – Sticky Rice With Vegetables, Meat And Mung Beans On : 04-Sep-2010 By : Sudipa

I didn’t mind learning how to eat kichiri all over again in Kabul. I thought to give it a try to find the difference between my much familiar Indian Khichdi with Afghan kichiri. Whenever we discussed food in Kabul, I was told that rice dishes are...

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