Raw Mung Bean Milk
Posted August 6, 2009
1) Soak green mung beans at room temperature in water for 1 hour.
2) Pour the mung beans into a strainer and discard the water. Then add new, fresh water and again soak for 1 hour.
3) Again, pour the mung beans into a strainer and discard the water. Now add new, fresh water and soak for 1 more hour.
4) Finally, after a total of 3 hours of soaking with the water changed once per hour, pour the mung beans into a strainer and discard the water.
5) Place the mung beans in a grinder or blender, and add none or only just enough fresh water to blend.
6) Pour the blended mung bean mix through a cheese cloth to filter out the fibers, and keep the juice. Squeeze the cheese cloth to extract any additional juice from the beans.
7) Offer the juice to Sri Krishna and serve!
Please be very careful to follow the instructions above, because otherwise, if you try it without changing the water, then you will end up having to discard the whole thing.
Mung beans are the only bean type that is considered Havisyana food, and thus can be eaten on Dasami (for those who follow a 3 day Ekadasi Vrata). All other bean types are considered Kasara and should not be eaten on the Dasami. Also, it is recommended that pujaris and Brahmans who are engaged in deity worship should eat only Havisyana food as long as they are engaged in worship. So, enjoy the raw mung bean milk every day, except on Ekadasi!