Spiced Mung Bean Dessert Porridge

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


(Kacang Ijo)
This delicious dessert porridge belongs to a family of sweets enriched with coconut milk that are called pengat in Malaysia and kolak in Indonesia. It is often eaten as a midmorning snack.


  • 1 12 cups dried green mung beans
  • 6 fresh or frozen pandan leaves, tied in knots
  • 1 (3") piece ginger, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1⁄2" pieces, bruised with the back of a knife
  • 1 (3") cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 34 cup sugar


Step 1

Put the beans, pandan leaves, ginger, cinnamon, and 6 cups water into a medium pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and skim off and discard any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, until the beans are tender, about 1 hour.

Step 2

Stir 1 cup coconut milk and sugar into the beans and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove and discard the pandan leaves, ginger, and cinnamon. Ladle the soup into bowls and let cool slightly. Drizzle with remaining coconut milk and serve warm.

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