Mung Bean Lentil Soup Recipe

    mung bean soup in a bowl

    In a day and age where toxins continuously invade our environment and bodies, it’s important to eat cleansing foods like this mung bean lentil soup. Made with good-for-you ingredients like mung beans (lentils) and ghee (clarified butter), you can count on this soup to help you detoxify and nourish your body.

    According to the Ayurvedic diet, feeding your body foods that focus on balancing the pH levels of your body and strengthening your well-being is fundamental to living a healthy life. Foods like mung beans, or green gram, are a type of lentil that has cleansing properties due to the mix of soluble and insoluble fiber in the lentil.

    In this soup, mung beans not only provide a pleasant texture and enjoyable flavor but serve to cleanse the colon and help detoxify the body. Paired with the ghee, which facilitates the movement or exit of toxins and waste in the body, this mung bean lentil soup will leave you feeling refreshed and lighter.

    The prep for this soup recipe is minimal and the entire soup will come together in about 45 minutes. To reap the most health benefits that you can from this mung bean lentil soup, be sure to enjoy the soup soon after preparing it.


    Cook time: 40 minutes
    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Idle time:



    1. Place a large pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the ghee and mung beans. Sauté the mung beans until they're lightly browned and fragrant.
    2. To the pot, add 12 cups water and boil until the mung beans are cooked and tender, typically about 30 to 40 minutes.
    3. To the pot, add the pepper, ginger, cumin, and salt. Use a potato masher to slightly mash the mung beans to obtain a porridge-like consistency.
    4. Optionally, add lime juice. Garnish the soup with the fresh cilantro and enjoy the soup while it's hot.

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    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.