Our USDA certified Organic Mung Dahl Beans are perfect for making your own kitchari while cleansing, or as a healthy staple food year-round! Also known as Moong Dal, the benefits of this split and skinless mung beans are numerous. Most importantly, however, is that their husks have been taken off, which removes the gaseous content of the bean and makes them much easier to digest.
If you are planning on doing our Short Home Cleanse or Colorado Cleanse, or just want to include a healthy bean in your diet, this is a perfect choice. Mung dahl is the main ingredient in kitchari, a traditional yogic staple food in India. It is India’s most basic comfort food and is also what is eaten when fasting and cleansing. Because it is so perfectly balanced and easy to digest, it is also used as baby food.
Note: approximately three 1lb. bags of Organic Mung Dahl Beans are needed to make enough of your own kitchari to complete the 2-week Colorado Cleanse.
Serving Size: ¼ cup dry (45g)
Servings Per Pack: About 10
Ingredients: 100% Organic Split Yellow Mung Beans
How to Prepare:
Rinse the mung beans with cool water until the water runs clear. In a 2 quart saucepan, bring 1 part beans, 3 parts water, and a pinch of salt to a boil. Cover and reduce to simmer for 40-50 minutes or until tender. For a soupier texture, add more water. Spice to taste. Try with cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic, ginger, and/ or paprika.
To reduce gas or bloating, soak mung dahl overnight and rinse thoroughly.
Why Mung Beans?
Mung beans, known in India as dahl, were first domesticated in India in 1500 BC, and are the main ingredient in kitchari – the primary Ayurvedic superfood used to cleanse the body. It is no wonder that it became a staple in the Indian diet, being well-acquainted with this crop for all these years. According to some modern research, this ancient bean is loaded with health benefits. The classic Ayurvedic kitchari cleanse uses only split yellow mung beans for many reasons.
The Anti-Gas Bean
In one study, the proteins from mung beans were found to produce less flatulence than any other type of legume tested. (1) This is one of the reasons that this bean has been used for centuries for babies and convalescence. According to Ayurveda, it is the only bean classified as anti-vata or anti-gas. It is no surprise that Ayurveda chose this bean as the “cleansing bean” over all others.
Dietary Fiber and Butyric Acid
Mung beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which is used by the bacteria of the gut to produce butyric acid – which is also present in ghee (a type of clarified butter central to Indian cuisine and Ayurveda). Butyric acid is a short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) preferentially used by the intestines as a fuel source, even over glucose. (2)
Dietary Fiber and Satiety
A single meal that has high dietary fiber helps in producing satiety hormone known as cholecystokinin. In one recent meta-analysis of acute feeding trials, dietary pulses, like mung beans, provided a significant increase in this hormone due to their high dietary fiber content. (3)
Packaged in a facility that also uses tree nuts, seeds, and dairy. Store in a cool, dry place.