Monday, September 9, 2013

[Cooking] Mung Beans Soup / Ginisang Monggo

Let me share with you one of my favorite dishes from the Philippines:  
Mung Beans Soup or "Ginisang Monggo."  

Mung beans or monggo beans
garlic, chopped
onions, chopped
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   

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