Let me share with you one of my favorite dishes from the Philippines:
Mung Beans Soup or "Ginisang Monggo."
Mung beans or monggo beans
chicken, shrimp or pork (i used chicken)
Moringa oleifera or Malunggay leaves
salt and pepper
Mung beans are a good source of protein. It is cooked by boiling for several minutes until tender. Rinse the beans, add water and bring to boil. I used 1 of beans in 3 cups of water and it took about 15-20 minutes. Set aside and do NOT drain liquid.
|Mung Beans or Monggo Beans|
1. Saute the garlic, onions and tomatoes
plus a thumb-sized ginger if you're using chicken).
2. Add the chicken meat, shrimp or pork
3. Add the mung beans and bring to a boil
4. Add the moringa leaves
I was given fresh-from-the-garden Moringa Oleifera or Malunggay leaves and tomatoes... yum! You must have heard of the benefits of Moringa: rich in nutrients, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants. It can be eaten raw - in your salads or shakes. My husband adds about 1 tablespoon to our morning vegetable shake. The challenging part is taking the tiny leaves of the stem but it's worth it. Do it while watching tv or a relaxing movie.
|Moringa Oleifera or Malunggay leaves|
5. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Some use fish sauce to season.
|Mung Bean Soup with Malunggay leaves|
Serve with a cup of warm rice and enjoy!
I especially enjoy eating this when it's cold or raining outside. It's a comfort food for most of us Filipinos.
♥ michelle ♥