Mung beans may not be as popular as other beans such as garbanzo and kidney beans, but they are equally impressive as those when it comes to the health benefits offered. In this article, you will learn how to turn those lowly mung beans into burger patties perfect for vegetarians or those who are cutting back on cholesterol and fat.
Before we take a look at the recipe for making delicious and healthy mung bean burger patties, let us first quickly take a look at some of the health perks that mung beans offer:
They build muscles
One of the most impressive things about mung beans is the fact that they are loaded with protein. Most especially if you are a vegetarian, it’s a wonderful idea to regularly include them in your diet to make sure that your body is supplied with good amounts of muscle-building protein.
They lower blood pressure
Because of their fiber and antioxidant content, mung beans are scientifically-proven to keep at bay high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Experts say that amino acid chains called peptides can also be credited for the anti-hypertensive properties of mung beans.
They reduce cholesterol
Another well-known risk factor for heart disease is having high bad cholesterol levels. Luckily, there are various ways to lower one’s cholesterol, such as exercising and quitting smoking. The intake of mung beans and other foods that are high in fiber and antioxidants can also help.
They control blood sugar levels
Whether you are a diabetic or you are at high risk of it due to having prediabetes or your family history, it’s a wonderful idea for you to regularly add mung beans to your diet. That’s because they are proven to help regulate the levels of sugar in the bloodstream.
They improve one’s immunity
Mung beans are very good at flushing out poisonous substances that have accumulated in the gut. They also have the ability to control inflammation and inhibit microbial activity in the body. As a result of all of these properties of mung beans, the immune system is strengthened.
There are so many other health benefits of mung beans that are simply too amazing but, unfortunately, this article is all about letting you know how to turn mung beans into burger patties.
Let’s now take a look at the recipe:
1 cup of mung beans (uncooked)
1/3 cup of cilantro
2 medium-sized potatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 medium-sized onion
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder
Black pepper (finely ground)
-About 2 hours before you start making mung bean burger patties, place uncooked mung beans in a bowl and pour water into it. Make sure that the mung beans are completely soaked.
-An hour after soaking the mung beans, thoroughly wash potatoes under running water. Carefully peel potatoes and then chop them up into very small cubes.
-Wash cilantro under running water very well, and then start mincing them.
-Peel onion and then finely mince it. Peel and finely mince garlic cloves, too.
-Reach for a pot and place potatoes in it. Pour water into the pot, making sure that the potatoes are completely immersed. Sprinkle some salt and bring to a boil using medium heat for 20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked. Set aside.
-Drain soaked mung beans and then transfer to a pot. Pour water into the pot, seeing to it that the mung beans are completely covered in it. Using medium heat, simmer for about 15 minutes.
-Drain both potatoes and mung beans, and then place them in a large mixing bowl. Add minced onion and garlic, and also cilantro, cumin powder, a little turmeric and a dash of black pepper.
-Mix very well and turn mixture into small balls. Flatten to turn them into burger patties.
-Fry mung bean burger patties in olive oil. Place cooked patties on a plate lined with several pieces of kitchen paper. After a couple of minutes, remove kitchen towel serve.