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Just because it’s Friday: new ways to cook with monggo

Somebody told me: monggo (mung beans) is the new superfood. But unlike quinoa, chia, flax seeds and other nutrient boosters, monggo doesn’t have the fancy price. It is very affordable and readily available in your neighborhood stores and markets.

In the Philippines, tradition dictates that we have at least a monggo dish every Friday to pair with fish or meat. I think it’s a Catholic thing…a form of abstinence & penance. And contrary to common perception, this is not just practiced during Lent but year round. Nothing wrong with this, right? Eating monggo has been known to aid in weight loss. More importantly, it’s getting to be known for its anti-cancer properties and also preventing heart disease.

In food as in anything else, variety is the spice of life.Take the boredom away out of eating by not just sticking to good ol’ ginisang monggo..boiled mung beans sauteed in onions, garlic & tomatoes then topped with malunggay leaves or perhaps chicharon.

We highly recommend trying out these new monggo recipes guaranteed to be delicious & nutritious from the Knorr kitchen. For more tips and recipes,check out https://www.facebook.com/KnorrPhilippines. Photos used in this blog post courtesy of Knorr.

Dish no. 1: Ginisang Monggo with Sotanghon (serves 4 to 6)

Ginisang Munggo with Sotanghon

How to cook –

In a pot over medium heat, combine 1 cup dried munggo and 7 cups water. Bring to a boil and
make sure to remove the froth and beans floating on top. reduce heat to low, cover and cook until beans have softened and skins have burst.

– In another pot over medium heat, heat oil. Saute? 2 cloves garlic and onions until tender and
translucent. Add sliced tomatoes and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until softened. Add peeled shrimp (about 300 grams) and cook for about 2 minutes or until color changes to pink.

3. Add Knorr Fish Cubes and cooked mung beans including liquid. Bring to a boil. Add
about 100 grams sotanghon (previosuly soaked & drained) and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until
noodles are softened and translucent. Season with fish sauce and pepper according to your preference

4. Turn off heat then add in a bunch of ampalaya leaves. Serve hot.

Dish no. 2: Ginataang Monggo, Kalabasa at Baboy


In a pot, simmer one cup monggo in water. Add a cup of diced kalabasa once monggo is already half

– In another pot, sauté onion, garlic, 1/2 cup shrimp and about 1/4 kg. of fried liempo, sliced into cubes. Add water, Knorr Pork Cube and Knorr Complete Recipe Mix Ginataang Gulay. Simmer until cooked.

– Add about 1/2 cup of ampalaya leaves. Top with chicharon and serve.

Dish No. 3: Monggo Pork Ala Con Carne



– In a pan, sauté onions, garlic and 1/4 cup ground pork for a few minutes. Then add tomatoes, Knorr Pork Cubes, 1.5 cups half-cooked monggo and 3 tbsp. tomato paste. Cook it for 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Season dish with the following: 1/4 tsp. paprika, 1/4 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp.cayenne powder, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. chili flakes. Add 2 cups water and simmer until cooked.

3. Top with 3 tbsp. cheddar cheese. You may also choose to serve this dish with tortillas, tacos and nachos.

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