Today I will make a healthy and tasty porridge made with dried mung beans. It is called “nokdujuk” in Korean. This porridge is thought to be good for people who are sick, or for those who do not have much of an appetite. In Korea, mung beans are thought to reduce fever and cleanse your body of toxins. When my husband got sick recently, I made this for him and it helped his condition. Of course, you can eat this delicious porridge even if you are not sick. The mild mung bean flavor, along with the rice, tastes great. Try it someday.
Yield: 4 Servings
Short Korean Lesson: *^^*
- NokDu (녹두) = Mung Beans
- Ggan NokDu (깐 녹두) = Peeled Mung Beans
- ½ Cup Dried Mung Beans
- ½ Cup Short Grain Rice
- ½ Cup Sweet Rice
- 10 Cups Water
- ½ Tbsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tsp Salt
Obtain ½ cup of dried mung beans, ½ cup of short grain rice, and ½ cup of sweet rice. As an option, you can just use 1 cup total of short grain rice, skipping the sweet rice.
Wash the beans and rice separately several times and soak each one in 1 cup of water for about an hour.
Boil the mung beans and about 7 cups of water in a covered pot. Once it starts to boil, cook for about 30 minutes on high.
Add the short grain rice, sweet rice, and ½ Tbsp of sesame oil in a heated pot. Fry for 2 minutes on high. Continuously stir it so that the rice will not stick to the bottom and burn.
Pour the cooked mung beans and water on top of the rice.
Add 3 cups of water and 1 tsp of salt. Once it starts to boil again, cook covered for 20 minutes on medium-high, or until the rice has finished cooking. You can adjust the saltiness to your tastes or you can allow your guests to adjust it themselves.
I like thick porridge. However, if you like more broth, you can add a little more water.
Serve the porridge with kimchi or other Korean side dishes. In this picture, I served the porridge with the following side dishes: black bean, spinach, pickled radish, and mustard seaweed. (from left to right) Please check out those side dishes on my blog. My son loved eating it too, so if you have kids, this can be a good food to feed them. Enjoy.