Sometimes incorrectly labeled as mung bean flour (probably because mung beans look like green beans when they’re in the pod), this is a finegrained starch extracted from mung beans. It is used to make noodles and side dishes. With one small package, you can make a huge amount of jelly. Use what you need, then store the rest in the pantry, well sealed.

Find it at Korean markets, near the potato and cornstarch powders.

Mung bean jelly starch powder

Mung bean jelly starch powder

Recipes that use mung bean jelly starch powder (cheongpomuk-garu):


  1. paskinmath Philadelphia, PA joined 11/17 & has 3 comments

    I have a grain mill. If I just grind up mung beans, is that the same thing? If so can I do that with other pulses and legumes?
    The asian markets near me have a layered green and yellow jelly that I love and the yellow layer is a little more granular, a little like sweet bean paste. I don’t know what country it is from, but is there anything like that in korean cuisine? do you have a recipe available? I just bought your book, and I can’t wait to play. I just need to really reduce the spice levels as I can’t handle spicy. Your videos are a wonderful learning tool though.

    • sanne Munich joined 8/14 & has 299 comments

      No, it isn’t. If it was, you could just grind up corn to get corn starch, wheat to get wheat starch,… – but there, you get flour; starch combined with all the other good stuff.

      You may use peeled ground pulses and legumes for making bindaetteok, but, since you have to soak them anyways, you should use a food processor for that. And better use already ground mung beans.

      Bye, Sanne.

    • amykc Hawaii joined 11/21 & has 1 comment

      Hi paskinmath,

      The green and yellow layered jelly you mentioned may be Banh Da Lon, which is a Vietnamese dessert. It’s a steamed layer cake that’s chewy like mochi. The yellow layer is made from yellow mung beans that were hulled and split from whole mung beans, while the green layer is from pandan extract.
      I haven’t seen anything similar to that in Korean cooking since pandan is found mostly in Southeast Asia and South Asia. So far, I’ve only seen mung beans used in more savory dishes in Korean cooking.
      You would really have to purchase the green bean/mung bean starch powder in order to make this and it does come out white and translucent, which is a different result from the yellow mung bean layer that you’ve seen before.

  2. Grace Yeo joined 7/15 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi, technically, mung bean IS green bean.. Isn’t it? In Chinese it’s called 绿豆, which translates to green bean. So… I guess that’s where the translation came from.

  3. Toto Bonn, Germany joined 6/10 & has 37 comments

    I guess this powder is like the japanese konnyaku right?
    The difference is that konnyaku is not made with mung beans.

    • 54thinbobo San Jose, CA joined 3/11 & has 2 comments

      Actually, the texture of the end product is different from Konnyaku. Konnyaku is chewy but this is not . = ))) I want to say the texture resemble more to the Japanese Yōkan, except this is not sweetened. Maybe the texture is in between Konnyaku and Yokan?

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