spouted beans in a glass pan

How To Sprout Beans: Lentils, Mung Beans, & Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)

Beans are among the easiest of foods to sprout, and doing so helps to pre-digest them. Some (like lentils) can be eaten raw, though most people will digest beans best they're lightly steamed or cooked.
Course Salad, Side Dish, Vegetable
Author Wardee Harmon


  • 1 1/3 cups beans lentils, mung, garbanzo, etc
  • pure water



  1. Soak 1-1/3 cups of beans overnight in pure water.
  2. Use a 1/2 gallon mason jar or other similarly-sized container.
  3. I like using 1/2 gallon mason jars with sprout screens best. But you can also use a stainless steel strainer or a stainless steel pot.


  1. In the morning, drain and rinse the beans well.
  2. A sprout screen is a great investment (but still inexpensive) you can make for your kitchen.

  3. You will need a canning jar metal band to hold it in place.
  4. Repeat the rinsing and draining every 12 hours, or each morning and evening.
  5. The maturing of the sprouts is a matter of preference.
  6. Generally, I sprout beans for around 3 to 5 days.


  1. Take well-drained and rinsed bean sprouts and store them in the refrigerator in Anchor Hocking large glass storage dishes. (I love these storage dishes!)

  2. The cool temperature of the fridge will slow, but not stop, the growth of the sprouts.
  3. If not eaten within two days, you should rinse them again, to keep them fresh.

Recipe Notes


How do I use the sprouts? Well, mostly in salads. You can also sprout other beans, such as kidney beans or pinto beans. Add them raw to salads or in soups. See Four (4) Yummy Ways to Use Sprouted Beans for more information and ideas.

Mung Beans

We don't prefer older mung bean sprouts because we find them more bitter when older, unless cooked (and we prefer to eat these sprouted beans raw in salads). We like to eat them when leaves are just beginning to appear, colored in yellow-purple.


We like them when the first leaves have just appeared and are green. They get green just from filtered light coming through the kitchen window.

Garbanzo Beans

I prefer the tails to be about 1/4-inch.