Pressure Cooker Vegan Munggo

When my late dog Bear was alive, I used to cook him a brown rice and mung bean dish. One day after I accidentally overcooked the mung beans I posted on Facebook asking  my friends for something to do with them. Luckily my sister’s childhood best friend, Lisa, responded that she would make a Filipino dish called Mungoo. She gave me rough directions and here’s what I came up with.

Don’t let the simplicity of the ingredients keep you from making this tasty dish. There’s some kind of synergy going on here which makes it  much more than the sum of its parts. Of course, I pressure cook the mung beans but you can just cook them on the stove top and then go on to make the dish. I consider mung to be one of the most digestible beans so I hope that if you’ve never tried them, you will now.

This recipe appears in my cookbook The New Fast Food but even though 2 revisions, somehow the directions didn’t all make it into print. (Ah the joys of publishing). The up side: you get the full recipe and some photos to go along with it.

The start of munggo

The start of munggo



Vegan Munggo

Serves 4

1        tablespoon oil (optional)

2-3     cloves garlic, minced

1        medium onion, sliced

2 1/2 cups cooked mung beans or 1 cup dry, cooked

1        cup diced tomatoes or 2 small to medium tomatoes, diced

Juice of 1 lime

2-3     cups fresh baby spinach

1/2     teaspoon salt, or to taste

Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat or use a dry nonstick skillet. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute but don’t let it brown. Add the onion and sauté it for 5 minutes or until it’s translucent, adding a tablespoon or two of liquid to prevent sticking if necessary. . Add the cooked beans and the tomato and cook for another few minutes until the tomato is incorporated. Add the lime juice and spinach. Cook until the spinach is wilted. Add salt, to taste. Serve hot.

Notes; when I accidentally overcooked my mung beans, which are just fine in this dish, I added a teaspoon of curry powder to them after cooking.

If you don’t spinach but have baby bok choy, slice the stems and leaves. Add the stems to the pan when you add the onion and add the leaves at the end, cooking until wilted. It’s equally as tasty as the original version.


Even though I tell you not to soak the mung beans and pressure cook them for 6 to  8 minutes, I did presoak and only pressure  cooked them for 3 minutes. For 1 cup dry mung beans soaked overnight, I added about 2/3 of a cup of liquid for cooking.


See the beautiful green choy here before cutting

See the beautiful green choy here before cutting

Vegan Munggo

The completed Munggo, ready to eat



  1. says

    Just curious, but those look like tatsoi leaves, not bok choy. I assume that would work as well?

    (Incidentally, for anyone who wants to grow either of these Asian greens, they’re really easy, and at least with the bok choy, you can continue to harvest the leaves “cut and come” even after the plant bolts, the leaves don’t become bitter as they do on lettuces, spinach, etc.)

    • Jill NussinowJill Nussinow says

      This is actually a type of (Asian) choy that does look like tatsoi but it is different.

      You are correct that the leaves of this choy and the tatsoi are sweeter than most of the other cruciferous types of greens.

    • Jill NussinowJill Nussinow says

      The leaves look like tatsoi but they are truly a tiny bok choy type green. I love the idea of the cut and come again which is what I do with my kale when I can. Great idea.

      • Barbara Ku says

        I would actually sprout the mung beans and add them last.  I think it is more nutritional and has a nutty texture. They sprout in just a few days.  I keep them on hand as a staple.

        • Jill NussinowJill Nussinow says

          I like sprouted mung beans, too, and I would likely add them both ways, just for fun.

    • Jill NussinowJill Nussinow says

      I have heard about other types of pressure cookers but have not used them. I am very interested in stainless items that can be used in the pressure cooker. Do you know if any exist other than idli makers Mehul?
      I would appreciate any leads.

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