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Mung Bean Cabbage Sauté

The mighty mung bean is the star of this Mung Bean Cabbage Sauté, which is a delicious blend of mung beans, aromatic spices, and cabbage. This flavor-packed dish can be served as a side dish and even a main one.

mung bean cabbage saute

This Mung Bean Cabbage Sauté is an easy sauté that’s packed full of plant protein. There has been many a night when I made a large pan of this and enjoyed it as my main meal until the leftovers ran out.

What are mung beans?

From the same family as lentils and beans, mung beans are teeny tiny nutritional powerhouses. Mung beans are also referred to as green gram, maash, mūng, and monggo.

Are Mung beans healthy?

These little legumes are said to help with everything from gut health and digestion to heart health and diabetes management. Mung beans are even said to have anti-microbial properties and anti-inflammatory properties.

Mung beans can be used in curries, sweet bakes like this mung bean oatmeal breakfast bake, and sautés like this Mung Bean Cabbage Sauté.

Which brings us to…

Ingredients for mung bean carrot skillet

What are the ingredients in this Mung Bean Cabbage Sauté?

You will need the following 13 ingredients to make this Mung Bean Cabbage Sauté, and they are:

  1. Coriander
  2. Smoked Paprika
  3. Turmeric
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Cardamom
  6. Cayenne
  7. Onions
  8. Ginger
  9. Garlic
  10. Lime
  11. Mung Beans
  12. Cabbage
  13. Vegetable Stock

Salt and pepper were also used along with a few optional garnishes for this dish, namely some green peas and some fresh parsley.

Cabbage fry with mung beans

Tips when making this dish…

  • Cut the onions into small pieces or slivers, so they caramelize uniformly.
  • Chop up the cabbage into small pieces. The smaller the pieces of cabbage, the quicker it will cook.
  • Sauté the onions, ginger, and garlic until the onions start to caramelize a tad bit. This slight caramelization adds so much flavor to this dish.
  • Once all the ingredients are in the pan, turn the heat onto medium and cover the pan. This helps the mung beans and cabbage to cook more evenly.
Mung Bean Cabbage Sauté in a gray bowl with parsley, mung beans, and lime surrounding it.

How to serve this Mung Bean Cabbage dish?

This Mung Bean Cabbage Sauté can be served as is, garnished with some parsley.

It can also be served as a side dish with some roti or yellow rice, some zucchini curry, some pineapple chutney, and some broccoli croquettes.

Easy mung bean cabbage saute with some naan on a flatlay.

How to store this Mung Bean Cabbage Sauté?

This Mung Bean Cabbage Recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

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mung bean cabbage saute

Mung Bean Cabbage Sauté

5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Shashi
The mighty mung bean is the star of this Mung Bean Cabbage Sauté, which is a delicious blend of mung beans, aromatic spices, and cabbage. This flavor-packed dish can be served as a side dish and even a main one.


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 1 inch chunk of ginger
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 tsp Coriander
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 cup Mung Beans
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 a Cabbage about 5 cups chopped cabbage
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL – 1/4 cup frozen green peas
  • OPTIONAL – 2 tsp fresh parsley chopped


  • Peel the onions, ginger, and garlic and chop them up well.
  • Add the olive oil to a pan and sauté the onions, ginger, garlic in the oil for about 10 minutes over a medium-high flame. Stir occasionally so the onions, ginger, garlic do not burn.
  • While the onions, ginger, and garlic sauté, chop up the cabbage.
  • Add the cabbage to the sautéed onions, ginger, and garlic.
  • Also add in the mung beans, the smoked paprika, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne, and the vegetable stock and mix well.
  • Cover this mixture and let cook about 20 minutes.
  • Uncover and stir well.
  • Then squeeze in the lime juice.
  • Stir well again.
  • Add in frozen peas and let cook about 5 minutes, uncovered.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir well. Then turn off the stove and remove the pan from the stovetop.
  • Chop the parsley and sprinkle the fresh parsley over the mung bean and cabbage sauté.
  • Serve warm as is or with some roti or yellow rice.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 221mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g
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  1. Oh yum! Such a fantastic use for cabbage. The flavors sound absolutely incredible and I love that the prep is only 5 minutes.

  2. I really love all the seasonings and spices used in this mung bean and cabbage dish. It looks incredible and it makes a perfect side dish for any meal.

  3. Love how hearty and healthy this is! I can’t say that I have ever cooked with mung beans before. Looks like I need to change that asap. 🙂

  4. Hi there! I just came across your post on Mung Bean Cabbage Sauté and I have to say, it’s absolutely fantastic! The combination of mung beans and cabbage is such a delightful surprise. The sautéed flavors blend together perfectly, creating a dish that is both hearty and healthy. I truly appreciate your creativity in incorporating these ingredients. The step-by-step instructions were clear and easy to follow, making it a breeze to recreate this delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing your culinary expertise with us. I can’t wait to explore more of your mouthwatering creations!

  5. This blog post is exactly what I was looking for. I appreciate the clear and concise explanations. thank you for sharing this amazing recipes!

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