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Filipino Vegetable Recipes

Introducing some Filipino vegetable recipes that are easy, delicious, nutritious and vegan.

If you're looking for Filipino vegetable recipes, you've come to the right place. We've got some easy ones cooking right here.

These are Malunggay Leaves. Other Filipinos call these Kamunggay. In other parts of the world where these are grown, they're called Moringa.

One of the easiest Filipino vegetable recipes is the malunggay recipe. This veggie is very versatile which can be added to a lot of dishes from soups to stew.

Malunggay leaves are also called kamunggay. Some parts of the Philippines like Bicol, these are called 'Kalunggay'. So it really depends on what part of the Philippines you're from.

Anyway you call it, this vegetable is tasty and has some really healthy and beneficial properties. As far as I can remember, this vegetable is favored by breastfeeding moms because it's believed that it increase production of healthy breast milk. 

But, one of the easiest to cook is this veggie. We'll make this one with coconut milk. It's easy and this is how Bicolanos cook this. 

We call this: Ginataang Malunggay which means cooked with coconut milk.

Filipino vegetables are also called : Gulay.

  • Fresh Kamunggay leaves (can be found in specialty Asian store)
  • Oyster Mushrooms - shredded
  • Crushed garlic 
  • Diced half onion
  • 2 stalks of lemon grass - pounded to release flavor
  • Fresh coconut milk from one mature coconut or you can also use 1 can of organic coconut milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste 

Tool Used: A Wok - the ever useful versatile wok with more wiggle room for an ultimate stir-frying experience.

Recommended cookware for this is the amazing wok. Find yours here.

Add the crushed garlic, diced onion and lemon grass. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Bring the coconut milk to a rolling boil to infuse all the flavors from garlic, onion and lemon grass into the coconut milk.

Add the malunggay leaves and stir well. This veggie doesn't take long to cook. Stir until the leaves are all wilted and still green. Remove from heat.

Serve with steamed rice and enjoy.

Creamy and a perfect pair for a bowl of steamed rice. 

Being a native of Bicol, the region in the Philippines where people use coconut milk as their number on ingredient, this dish is a definite Bicol food.

Malunggay leaves are also known for their healing properties. As a child, my Mom used to pick a couple of cluster of leaves and blanch them in an open fire to extract the deep green juices.

When we were coughing, she gives us a teaspoon of this deep green extract to cure the cough. Believe it or not, it really worked. It taste so bitter that you go cross eyed. Ha! But your cough is gone within a few hours.

Here are other recommended Pinoy veggies also known as Gulay.


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