Mung Bean Cake With Coconut Milk

Mung Bean Cake With Coconut Milk Recipe

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I found this recipe years ago, but don't remember where. I have made it a few times to accompany an Asian meal, and it has always been well-received. Don't let the shallots scare you off. They are quite sweet tasting when browned, like caramelized onions. Mung beans can be found in Asian markets, or Asian sections of larger supermarkets. This is a very dense, moist cake.


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1 Hr
50 Min


  • 1 c
    yellow mung beans
  • 1 1/2 c
    canned coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 c
    light brown sugar (or 1/2 cup thai palm sugar)
  • 6 large
  • 1/2 c
    finely chopped shallot
  • 3 Tbsp
    vegetable oil

How to Make Mung Bean Cake With Coconut Milk


  1. In a medium pot, combine beans with 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, until beans are soft. Puree in blender.
  2. In a bowl, beat coconut milk and sugar until frothy. Add eggs and beat well. Add bean puree and mix thoroughly. Put mixture in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square cake pan (use metal or make sure glass pan is heat-tempered glass, since you will be putting hot pan in cold water later).
  4. Pour mixture into prepared cake pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Raise heat to 450°F and bake another 25 to 30 minutes, until cake turns a deep amber.
  5. Remove from oven and immediately immerse pan in 1/2 inch cold water for 10 minutes. Change water to ensure it stays cold and leave pan another 15 minutes.
  6. In a small pan, heat oil and sauté the shallots until light brown. Drain off the oil and spread the shallots over the top of the cake. Cut into 9 squares. Serve warm or cold.
  7. Bean cake will keep 1 week in refrigerator.

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About Mung Bean Cake With Coconut Milk

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Thai

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