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ginataang gabi in a bowl with a wooden ladle
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Vegetarian Ginataang Gabi

Ginataang Gabi or Taro is an authentic Filipino-Bicolano vegetarian dish that is rich, creamy, and delicious and makes a perfect meal in itself!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: Filipino
Calories: 1669kcal
Author: Lainey


  • 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
  • 8-10 cloves of garlic peeled and pressed
  • 1-2 med size red shallots chopped quarter size
  • 3 green chili peppers
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 big size batwan or calamansi optional
  • 2 tablespoon coconut vinegar
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • In a deep pot, add the taro (gabi) stalks, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, shallots, chili peppers, and salt in the pot. 
  • Place the pot on the stove, cover it with a lid, and turn on the fire on medium heat.  Set the timer for 15 minutes!
     IMPORTANT: Do not mix or touch the mixture because it will make the taro itchy.
  • Next add batwan, vinegar and allow it to boil for about 2 minutes.
  • Add coconut cream, pepper, and allow it to simmer again until the oil comes out of the cream, about 10 minutes.
  • Check if the seasoning and taste are perfect for your taste buds and serve with steamed brown or white rice!


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


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1669kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 158g | Saturated Fat: 139g | Sodium: 7061mg | Potassium: 4021mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 16900IU | Vitamin C: 203mg | Calcium: 526mg | Iron: 25mg
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