One dish that has been an all-time favorite in my house is the Ginisang munggo. Gisadong Munggo is a popular dish amongst Filipinos; more than being nutritional is that it is very cheap.
There are many variations of this dish; depending on the region it is prepared. While some use prawns, for others it is green leafy vegetables like sweet potato tops and spinach. There’s also the use of pork cracklings otherwise known as chicharon which is the focus of this post. Ginisang munggo recipe with chicharon is a great way to treat your family or friends on any occasion.
A Little History
In the Philippines, the Ginisang monggo dish used to be associated with Catholic temperance on Fridays. As the custom of the early Christian (Catholics) was, every Friday of the year, they stayed away from “flesh meat”. Over the years, this culture has been narrowed to observance during the Lent.
Due to the protein-rich nature of the dish (owing to its legume source), and the ease in preparation, it became a staple food during the abstinence period.
Interestingly, this early idea has evolved, where consumption of the dish is no longer limited to the “self-denial Fridays”. Today, there’s more to ginisang munggo that its original bean with bits of dried shrimps or fish. It has been ramped up with toppings such as pork meat, fresh shrimps, and pork rinds (chicharon).
Health Benefits Of Ginisang Monggo
As much as this classic dish is budget-friendly and simple to prepare, there’s no denying the health benefits it brings to the table. You probably have been just acquainted with its delicious and simple side, not knowing that there’s actually more to this classic Filipino dish than meets the eye.
Below are a few health benefits you get with ginisang munggo:
It Boosts Your Immune System
Typically, the ginisang monggo recipe is packed with Vitamins such as C, E, and K, sourced from its tomatoes constituent. These go a long way in boosting the body’s immunity, and as such, there is a greater chance of successfully fighting against infections and sickness.
A primary ingredient of this dish being mung beans is high in protein and fiber which helps you in losing weight. It contains nutrients that help to trigger the release of hormones that help to suppress hunger and encourage those that make you feel full. Curbing your diet here translates to reduced calorie intake.
Aids Digestive Health
There are a variety of nutrients contained in Mung beans and are great for your digestive health. Apart from fiber, this ingredient contains resistant starch which helps in the nourishment of your healthy gut bacteria. This bacterium in turn digests the starch and converts to short-chain fatty acids.
Anemia and Hypertension Remedy
Another benefit of the fiber content in the ginisang monggo has to do with the formation of the red blood cells. Also, the protein fragments in monggo are highly concentrated and thus have anti-hypertensive effects.
Promotes Stronger Bones
Your bones are made stronger too. Monggo is generally rich in phosphorus and calcium, which have been clinically proven to be largely essential for maintaining the health of the bone.
Additional Tips To Help
Mung bean generally cook quite quickly and easily gets tender and ready to be sautéed in about 60 minutes. This way, you do not have to presoak the mung beans. But, when it comes to older beans, the case may be different, as it may take longer to soften.
Also, to step up the nutrition of your dish, I recommend adding sliced and seeded ampalaya, particularly during the last few minutes of cooking time.
Finally, to help your dish taste better, I recommend adding Knorr Pork Cubes, as it helps to bring out the flavor and enhance the effects of other ingredients.
How To Cook Ginisang Monggo / Munggo
Ginisang Monggo With Chicharon
- 1 cup Dried mung beans
- 6 cups Water
- 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
- 1 Onion, peeled and sliced thinly
- 3 cloves Garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 Large tomato, chopped
- 2 cups Chicharon (pork cracklings with attached meat)
- 1 bunch Fresh spinach, stems trimmed
- 1 tbsp Fish sauce
- Sort through the mung beans, discarding discolored or shriveled beans and any grit or dirt. Rinse beans in cold, running water until water runs clear. Drain well.
- In a large pot, combine mung beans and water. Over medium heat, bring to a boil skimming froth that floats on top.
- Lower heat, cover, and continue to cook for about 45 to 50 minutes or until beans have softened and skins have burst. Add more water as needed to maintain about 4 cups.
- In another pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions, garlic and tomato and cook until tender and aromatic.
- Add fish sauce and continue to cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add cooked mung beans including liquid. Bring to a boil.
- Add pork cracklings and continue to cook until softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add spinach, turn off heat and cover pot for about 1 to 2 minutes or until spinach is just wilted. Serve hot.
Final Words On Ginisang Monggo Recipe With Chicharon
The Ginisang munggo is one Filipino cuisine I will always love. If you haven’t tried it out, you’re missing on a very satisfying Filipino dish. What stands it out from many other recipes is the combination of its delicious taste, prep simplicity, and affordability. In just 60 minutes or less, this lovely dish is ready for your consumption.
I hope this information has been helpful? Have you had the chance of trying out this delicious dish? I look forward to hearing from you in the comment section.
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