Filipino Ginisang Monggo Recipe

Ginisang Monggo is a very simple dish that is easy to make at home. It’s ingredients are cheap but very healthy. This dish is the Philippines answer to lentil soup. Ginisang monggo is very mushy and the secret in doing this dish is to add a bit of different flavors in it. My version of ginisang monggo has ampalaya leaves in it which adds bitterness to the dish, but also I added tomatoes which gives a little bit of sweetness in it. Filipinos would pair this with any fried food to introduce a saltiness to the dish and it makes a perfect sweet, bitter, and salty balance of flavor to it.

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Filipino Ginisang Monggo Recipe
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Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Filipino
Serves: 6-8 people
  • 1 ½ cup dried mung beans
  • 6 cups water
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • 3 tbsp garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 2 pcs medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup squash, chopped
  • 2 bunches fresh ampalaya leaves (regular spinach leaves may be substituted)
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • to taste salt and pepper
  • 100 grams small dried fish (tuyo / danggit)
  1. Wash your mung beans on running water and remove any stones and impurities that float.
  2. In a large pot, transfer the beans and add water. Let it boil for 20-30 minutes or until the beans are tender and slightly mushy.
  3. In a separate pan, heat your oil on medium heat and sauté your garlic, onion, and tomatoes for 3-5 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the large pot and let it simmer for 10 minutes, occasionally stirring to combine the mung beans mush with the mixture well. Season with fish sauce, salt, and pepper.
  5. Add in your ampalaya leaves and chicharon and simmer it for another 5 minutes and serve.

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