Mung beans, also known as green gram or moong beans, have a crisp, nutty flavour and are ideal for stir-fry and salad recipes. They are small ovoid beans with a yellow interior wrapped in an olive green seed coat. They can be used whole, without skin or sprouted.
Mung beans are most often used as bean sprouts in both Eastern and Western cuisine. They can be used in soups, pastes, and desserts in Chinese and Indian cooking either with or without their green skins, as well as to make vermicelli or other transparent noodles. Mung beans can also be a substitute for split or whole peas.