How to sprout mung beans

Looking to sprout mung beans? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Sprouting mung beans is actually a pretty simple process that just about anyone can do. There are several different methods for sprouting mung beans, such as using a jar, a sprouting tray, or even just a simple bowl.

Rinse and then soak the beans in water for 6-8 hours. Drain the beans and rinse again. Place the beans in your chosen sprouting container. Cover the beans with a damp cloth and set them in a warm place. Rinse and drain the beans 2-3 times per day. After 3-5 days, the beans should be sprouted.

In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know in order to successfully sprout this extremely nutritional bean variety.

How to Sprout Mung Beans

To successfully sprout mung beans, you’ll need the following:

  • Mung beans
  • A jar or container
  • Cheesecloth or a similar breathable fabric
  • A rubber band or string
  • Water

Now that you have all of your materials gathered let’s get started!

The first thing you’ll need to do is rinse your mung beans. You’ll want to do this in order to remove any dirt or debris that might be on them. Once you’ve rinsed your beans, place them in your jar or container.

Next, you’ll need to cover the top of the jar or container with cheesecloth or a similar breathable fabric. 

Secure the cheesecloth in place with a rubber band or string

Now, it’s time to add water. 

You’ll want to add enough water to fully cover and hydrate the beans, but not so much that they’re swimming in it. 

Once you’ve added the water, give the jar or container a gentle shake so that all of the beans are evenly soaked.

Place the jar or container in a warm, dark place. 

You’ll want to leave it here for 12-24 hours.

After 12-24 hours have passed, it’s time to drain the beans. 

Remove the cheesecloth or breathable fabric from the top of the jar or container and drain off the water.

Next, rinse the beans with fresh water. 

You’ll want to do this to remove any bacteria that might have developed during the soaking process.

Once you’ve rinsed the beans, it’s time to start sprouting! 

To do this, simply place the jar or container back in the warm, dark place and wait for the beans to sprout. 

Sprouting usually takes 3-5 days.

Once your beans have sprouted, you can either cook them or eat them raw. 

If you choose to cook them, steaming is the best way to go. 

Simply add the sprouted beans to a steamer basket and steam for 5-10 minutes.

And that’s it! You’ve now successfully sprouted mung beans. Enjoy!

How to Sprout Mung Beans in a Jar

Now, if you want to get into sprouting but don’t want to make a big investment, you can sprout mung beans in a jar. 

All you need is some mung beans, water, and a little time. 

Here’s how to do it:

Start with about ¼ cup of mung beans. Rinse the beans well & add them to a jar. Fill the jar with water so that the beans are covered, and then let them soak for 8 hours or overnight. After the beans have soaked, drain off the water and rinse the beans again.

For more information about pre-planting soaking techniques, check out this article.

To start the sprouting process, place the jar on its side so that the beans can drain, and then cover the jar with a cheesecloth or coffee filter secured with a rubber band. 

Set the jar in a warm, dark place and check on it every day.

How to Sprout Mung Beans in Cloth

To grow mung beans in a cloth, you follow the same soaking methods as outlined above. 

Then, you sprinkle layers of beans onto the cloth. 

Sprout mung beans by putting cloth into a flat-bottomed strainer & sprinkling the beans onto the cloth. Next, fold the cloth over them & then sprinkle on another layer. Repeat this process until all of the beans are used up. You can also use multiple cloths to accommodate large quantities of beans.

Once you have all of your beans layered in the cloth, tie it closed with some string or a rubber band. 

Set it in a warm, dark place and check on it every day. 

Remember to water your mung beans three times per day until they’ve sprouted.

How to Sprout Mung Beans in Winter

When it comes to sprouting beans in the winter months, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. 

First, it’s important to make sure that the beans are completely dry before you start. If they’re not, they may rot instead of sprouting. 

Second, the temperature needs to be just right – too cold, and the beans won’t sprout, but too warm, and they’ll sprout too quickly and become mushy.

Here are the basic steps for sprouting mung beans in winter:

Start with dry beans. If they’re not completely dry, spread them out on a baking sheet and put them in a low oven (200 degrees F or 95 degrees C) for an hour or so to make sure they’re completely dried out.

Soak the beans in water overnight. 

Place them in a bowl or jar and cover them with twice as much water as there are beans. 

Let them soak for at least 8 hours or overnight. 

Drain the beans and rinse them well.

Place the beans in a sprouting jar or container. 

A wide-mouth mason jar works well for this, or you can use a special sprouting container. 

Cover the top of the jar with a piece of cheesecloth or other breathable material and secure it with a rubber band.

Place the jar in a dark, warm place. 

A cupboard or closet works well. Keep the jar out of direct sunlight, but make sure the temperature is warm enough that the beans will sprout (around 70 degrees F or 21 degrees C). 

Rinse and drain the beans twice a day. 

Every 12 hours or so, remove the cheesecloth and rinse the beans well with cold water. 

Drain them thoroughly and replace the cheesecloth.

After a few days, the beans will start to sprout. 

Once they reach the desired length (usually 1/4 to 1/2 inch), they’re ready to eat. 

Rinse them well one last time and drain them thoroughly before eating or storing them.

How to Sprout Mung Beans Fast

The quickest method for sprouting mung beans is to sprout them in a cloth.  

This method works well because the cloth allows for good drainage and aeration, which speeds up the sprouting process. To use a cloth, you need to start by soaking the beans overnight in order to prepare the skins for the sprouting process. Then you’ll rinse and water the beans regularly. 

Let’s take a closer look.

After you’ve soaked your beans, your next step is to lay out a piece of cheesecloth or other breathable material nice and flat on a table or countertop.

Sprinkle on a generous layer of mung beans. 

Once the cloth is covered, fold it, or lay another cloth overtop of it and sprinkle on another layer.

You can repeat this process until you’ve used up all of the beans.

Tie the cloth closed with some string or a rubber band and set it in a warm, dark place. 

Check on it every day and remember to water the beans three times per day. 

After a few days, the beans will start to sprout and they’ll be ready to eat once they reach the desired length.

This method is best for small batches of beans, as it’s easy to control the amount of moisture and temperature.

You can also check out this quick and dirty method for growing mung beans in a bag.


Sprouting mung beans is a simple process that only requires a few ingredients and some basic supplies. 

With a little time and patience, you can grow your own sprouts at home. 

Once you’ve mastered the art of sprouting mung beans, you can experiment with other types of beans and seeds.

About the author

Greg Volente

Greg Volente holds a Naturalist Certificate from the Morton Arboretum, worked for The Nature Conservancy leading environmental education programs and doing natural areas restoration, and worked in the soil science research & testing lab at Michigan State University. Besides gardening, he's an avid wildflower enthusiast, and loves botanizing, hiking, and backpacking.