Vegetarian Ginataang Gabi

cooked vegetarian ginataang gabi in a wooden bowl

Ginataang Gabi or Taro is an authentic Filipino-Bicolano vegetarian dish that is rich, creamy, and delicious and makes a perfect meal in itself!



  • 350 grams of fresh taro (gabi) stalks, leaves and root must be 2 inches in length and cut horizontally 
  • 1 ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger, chopped and mashed
  • 810 cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed
  • 12 med size red shallots, chopped quarter size
  • 3 green chili peppers
  • 3 big size batwan or calamansi (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon coconut vinegar
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1 tablespoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a deep pot, add the taro (gabi) stalks and coconut milk
  2. Then add ginger, garlic, onion, chili peppers, and salt in the pot. 
  3. Place the pot on the stove, cover it with a lid, and turn on the fire on medium heat.  Set the timmer for 15  IMPORTANT: Do not mix or touch the mixture because it will make the taro itchy.
  4. Next add batwan, vinegar and allow it to boil for about 1


*if you you don’t have fresh taro,  you can also use dried Taro leaves and stalks