Sunday, December 15, 2013

012 - Mung Bean Porridge (That's 'Bubur Kacang Ijo' for you Indonesians)

This recipe here is what I call a real comfort food. Come on, don’t tell me you never had this for munchies before? Mung Bean Porridge (which goes by the ever so awesome Indonesian name: bubur kacang ijo) goes well at (almost) anytime of the day.

Just woke up and feeling hungry? Mung Bean Porridge
Stayed up all night and got the munchies? Mung Bean Porridge
Got sick and needed some proper food? Mung Bean Porridge.

See? This shit is proper awesome. And it’s dead easy to make too! Here’s everything you need:

200 grams of raw Mung beans
150-200 grams of Palm Sugar cube. It’s okay to substitute with brown sugar if you can’t find Palm Sugar.
4-5 Cups of water. The amount will depends on the cooking state. Read on!
1-2 inch of ginger
1-2 pandan leaves.


Splash of coconut milk. If you can’t stomach coconut milk, it’s okay to substitute with fresh milk.

This recipe will probably cost you 20-30 thousand rupiah max, and it should feed 4-6 people!

Ready? Here We Go!

Step 1 – Soak the beans in warm water for at least 1-2 hour. This will help the beans to softened up, shortening the cooking time later on. But…..since I’m impatient, half an hour do good for me. This proven to be a BAD decision. Read on. Oh, and if you see any beans floating on the water, throw it away, those are no good.

If it floats, no no.

Step 2 – Smash your ginger. Bash it. Yes. Pour all of your emotion to it.

Step 3 – Pour your water, mung bean, ginger, and Pandan leaves to a pot, set the heat on high. This process will take around 30 minutes – 1 hour depending on the heat source. Mine took around 45 minutes BECAUSE i only gave the beans half an hour to soak. It’s too long? Fret not, IT’S WORTH IT

Step 4 – You can check back every now and then. The cue here is when you see much of the beans started to crack. When that happens, put in your salt and brown sugar and. Just make sure you cut the sugar into small pieces beforehand, so it can blend in easily. Nobody likes lump in their porridge right?


Step 5 – When it smells like little piece of heaven, it’s time to serve!

And i present to you....

The glorious bubur kacang ijo. Hell yes. This one is topped with coconut milk and pandan infused whipped cream. It. Tasted. GOOD.

Give it a try folks!



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