Kamalaya’s Famous Mung Bean Risotto Recipe

Kamalaya's Famous Mung Bean Risotto Recipe
Karina Stewart

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa Co-founder

Nov 23, 2022

One of the most popular dishes on Kamalaya’s Detox Menu is the Mung Bean Risotto. Green mung beans are rich in complete plant protein, fibre, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. While coconut milk can help to lower cholesterol levels and improve blood pressure, it also gives the risotto a creamy texture and slight natural sweetness.

Mung Bean Risotto Recipe


  • 100g Mung beans, cooked
  • 20g Pumpkin, peeled and diced
  • 20g Carrot, diced
  • 20g Asparagus, diced
  • 20g Long beans
  • 20g Onion
  • 200mL Coconut milk
  • 5mL Truffle oil
  • 10mL Olive oil
  • 3g Garlic, crushed
  • 10g Spring onion
  • 1g Sea salt
  • 1g Black pepper
  • 3g Sunflower sprouts


  1. Soak the mung beans overnight and drain the water before using them the next day. Add fresh water and cook them for about an hour until they become soft.
  2. Then bring the coconut milk to simmer and add the cooked mung beans, garlic, pumpkin, long beans, carrot, and asparagus. Simmer for approximately 5 or 10 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  3. Add sea salt, pepper, truffle oil and chives to finish.
  4. Put the risotto in a bowl and garnish with sunflower sprouts.

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa

Kamalaya is located amid a lush, tropical landscape on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Founded by John and Karina Stewart in 2005, the resort offers a holistic wellness experience that integrates healing practices, therapies and philosophies from East and West, a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment, inspired healthy cuisine, holistic fitness practices and customised wellness programs ranging from Detoxification to Stress & Burnout, as well as Optimal Fitness, Sleep Enhancement, Yoga Synergy, Emotional Balance and since 1st November 2018, Structural Revival.

After winning the Spa Cuisine of the Year 2018 at the 14th Annual AsiaSpa Awards, Kamalaya’s co-founder Karina Stewart said: “We passionately believe in the practice and application of ‘food for health, food as medicine’ and our cuisine is therefore a vital part of our holistic wellness concept.”

Kamalaya’s Culinary Director Kai Mueller adds: “I always found it fascinating and exciting to learn from Karina and collaboratively develop tasty and satisfying dishes that follow the guidelines of ancient Asian healing traditions and current nutritional research. Food is such a powerful tool for healing and maintaining wellbeing on all levels! For me, it’s really the dedication and talent of our team of kitchen and service hosts that add the special ‘Kamalaya flavour’ to our dishes and I’m truly grateful to see their enthusiasm recognised”.

About Kamalaya:

The multi-award winning Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary is located on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Founded by John and Karina Stewart in 2005, Kamalaya offers immersive wellness experiences that inspire, motivate, and empower our guests to achieve their wellbeing goals and become better versions of themselves. Kamalaya’s wellness programs support guests in their health goals to achieve optimal wellbeing, while supporting them to reconnect to the true source of healing and creativity within and to feel life’s potential.  Integrating healing traditions from east and west, the 17 customised wellness programs include Detoxification & Rejuvenation, Stress & Burnout, Enriched Gut, Sleep Enhancement, Embracing Change, Yoga Synergy, and Resilience & Immunity.


By Karina Stewart

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa Co-founder

D. Karina Stewart, Lic. Ac, DOM, as a founding partner of Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, is committed to creating a place where healing and harmonious transformation can flourish. Born and raised in Mexico, Karina’s life journey has been greatly influenced by her mother’s interest in natural healing, meditation, yoga and spirituality. From the age of 14, when she began meditating and exploring Asian spiritual philosophies, Karina’s heart was opened to an existence of devotion and self discovery. Karina has twenty-two years of experience in the study and practice of diverse Asian healing and spiritual traditions. Prior to Kamalaya, Karina founded a health centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, where for seven years she practiced Oriental Medicine and produced a range of Chinese herbal products. Karina’s vision is behind Kamalaya’s integral wellness programs, which aims to access the inner healing power within each individual and support a harmonious integration of heart, body, mind, and spirit.


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