Saturday, November 5, 2011

Moringa Republic


One of the backyard wonder plants found in the Philippines is the Moringa or Malunggay. This multipurpose plant is also called the Miracle Tree. Research proves that various parts can be used to cure at least 300 diseases.

Moringa Facts:

  • Contains 4x more Vitamin A or beta-carotene than carrots
  • Contains 3x more Iron than spinach
  • Contains more Calcium than milk
  • Contains 7x more Potassium than Bananas
  • Contains Vitamin C -- many times more than oranges
  • Good source of Essential Amino Acids
  • Helps balance cholesterol levels in the body
  • Helps balance sugar levels
There is more to malunggay than ginisang mongo or tinola... Come home to a Malunggay Dinner for 2 !

Creamy Watercress Malunggay Soup


2 tblspn Olive Oil
1 pc Potato (medium) peeled and cubed
1 pc Onion (medium), chopped
225g Watercress
100 g Malunggay leaves
250 ml Chicken Stock
200 ml AP cream
Salt and Pepper to taste


In a sauce pan, saute onion in oil until aromatic. Add potatoes and chicken stock. SImmer for 5 minutes or until potatoes are cooked. Add watercress and Malunggay leaves, simmer for another 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Return to sauce pan, add all purpose cream and adjust seasoning.

Garnish with Malunggay leaves on top and serve on a bowl with a slice of toasted French bread.

Malunggay Basil Pesto


3/4 c Olive Oil
2 pcs Garlic
1c Malunggay leaves
1 c Basil leaves
1/2 c Cashew Nuts
1/2 c Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper


Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Make to a paste.

Grilled Malunggay Chops


1/4 c Malunggay Pesto
4 pcs Pork Chops


Spread Malungay pesto to both sides of pork chops. Grill on a pan or griddle until chops are cooked.

Malunggay-Tomato Penne


2 tblspn Olive Oil
1 clove Garlic
1/2 c Malunggay leaves
6-8 pcs Tomatoes, quartered
300 g Penne Pasta
Salt and Pepper to taste


Cook Penne until al dente. Set aside.

Saute garlic in olive oil. Add tomatoes and Malunggay simmer until tomatoes are cooked. Toss in penne and season with salt and pepper.

Food Notes :

1. Published, November 2011 Issue of Cook Connecting Foodies Magazine