Moth Bean Salad

Moth beans are yet another new legume in our kitchen. They are very tiny, and look something like small, brown mung beans. Moth beans cook really fast, are creamy in texture, and have a nutty flavor that paired really well with the sharp dressing.



  • 200 g dried moth beans, soaked overnight
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf


  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 3 tablespoons fresh or frozen cilantro (coriander leaves), chopped

First, we soaked the moth beans overnight, and then cooked them in vegetable broth seasoned with a bay leaf and 2 cloves of garlic. We used our pressure cooker for cooking, and after only five minutes the beans were perfectly creamy for the purposes of this salad. If cooked in a regular cooking pot, they should be done in 20 minutes or so.

Now, we drained the beans, removed the bay leaf, and let them cool down a few minutes. Then I mixed the sauce and mixed it with the beans when they were still warm, let them cool to room temperature, and garnished with plenty of frozen cilantro.


  1. Posted January 17, 2008 at 17:50 | Permalink

    moth beans…sounds interesting. I’ve never seen these beans before, and I am always on the lookout for new kinds of beans and lentils. I just got back from shopping for lentils in Toronto’s Little India and I was in heaven.

  2. Posted January 17, 2008 at 21:03 | Permalink

    Hey, I just discovered your blog through Indira’s, and it’s great! I am a fellow vegetarian blogger, and I’m hosting a Game Night Party event on my blog this month…It’d be great if you could check it out and participate with one of our delicious entries:)

  3. Posted January 18, 2008 at 02:51 | Permalink

    moth beans, that’s amazing… that just totally calls to me – the name, the flavour you described, I gotta keep an eye out for these! And that salad looks nice, I like the balsamic/lime combo!

  4. Posted January 18, 2008 at 03:29 | Permalink

    I’ve never heard of moth beans – how intriguing!! this recipe sounds quite scrumptious.

  5. Anni
    Posted January 18, 2008 at 09:37 | Permalink

    Thanks for your comments – moth beans are extremely delicious, well worth a try! And they’re completely vegan despite the name… They’re the tiniest beans I’ve seen, which is practical because they cook very fast.

    These beans are so cute too, I’ll have to create a more decorative dish with the ones we have left.

  6. Posted January 18, 2008 at 11:45 | Permalink

    Nor I have ever heard of moth beans before. But I am constantly on the look-out for new foods and will definately give these a try.

    And food that is cute can never go wrong! ;)

  7. Posted January 19, 2008 at 17:17 | Permalink

    This is one of my favorite blogs of all time and Im so proud of it coming from Finland!
    Im half-finnish(and half-finished:)) and Ive been planning to do Helsinki the vegan way for ages now.Perhaps you could share some info?

  8. Anni
    Posted January 20, 2008 at 09:28 | Permalink

    Hi Per Albert, thanks for your sweet comments! Sure, we can whip up a small “vegan guide to Helsinki”, no problem – just drop us an e-mail when you need the information!

    Although I have to warn you that there’s not that much of a vegan scene in Helsinki. We spent a few weeks in Stockholm last summer, and it was considerably more vegan-friendly than Helsinki. All the veggie restaurants, and the ice cream – we still dream about them!

  9. Posted February 17, 2008 at 22:48 | Permalink

    pakko kysyä: Mikä on Moth beanin suomenkielinen nimi?

  10. Anni
    Posted February 18, 2008 at 12:04 | Permalink

    Ei sillä taida olla suomenkielistä nimeä, kuten ei monilla muillakaan pavuilla. “Moth” on suomeksi koi- tai yöperhonen, joten Heikki ehdottaa koipapua!


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