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delicious and easy Ginisang monggo recipe
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Ginisang Mongo

Ginisang Monggo is an ultimate comfort food and a staple in Filipino homes -hearty, savory, and nutritious!
Prep Time13 hrs 8 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Vegetarian Ginisang Mongo
Servings: 2 -4 people
Author: Lainey


  • 1 cup mung beans**
  • 2 ½ cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 100 grams of tofu diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bunch ampalaya leaves or malungay leaves*


  • Presoak mung beans overnight so cooking will be faster.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, add 2 cups of water in the pot,  add mung beans and cook for about 20-25 minutes or until cooked. Strain and set aside. until it is cooked, strained and set aside. 
  • Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat with coconut oil and fry tofu until it’s lightly brown on both sides, then set aside.
  • In the same pan, sauté garlic, onion, ginger.  Add the cooked mongo beans, mixed, saute, and add water if you like the Ginisang Mongo soupy. Add salt and pepper.
  • In another bowl, gently smash the ampalaya leaves in salt and remove the green juice to lessen the bitter taste. 
  • Add the ampalaya leaves on top of the mung beans, mix, then turn off stove.
  • Season with salt to taste and best serve with hot steamed rice. 


*if you’re unable to get ampalaya or moringa leaves, feel free to use spinach or mustard leaves.
**Soaking Time - 4-8 hours
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