Ginisang Monggo Recipe (With Kalabasa) – 16 steps

Ginisang monggo (munggo) is a humble Filipino dish. The recipe basically speaks of mung beans boiled in water, poured over saute’d garlic, onions, tomatoes and ginger mix. It’s a thick and very filling dish and is usually paired with fried fish. It’s cheap on the budget. Plus, very nutritious!

Ginisang Monggo Recipe (With Kalabasa)

There are several variants of the ginisang munggo recipe. In fact, I have several posts of this mung beans soup in this blog. All of them are very easy to do. For this post, I’d like to share how I cook mung beans with squash (pumpkin) or kalabasa. The squash makes the dish creamier and fuller.

Thanks Food And Meal gave me idea to write this post.

And, here’s how Cooking Like A Pro do it.

Ginisang Monggo (With Kalabasa)

Jaime Inez
Ginisang Monggo is a savory mung bean soup from the Philippines. It is usually made with mung beans and various vegetables. Pork and seafood are also added to the broth. Typically, it is garnished with chicharon, a toasted coconut. While it is not very spicy, it is a popular dish at Filipino restaurants. This recipe is a favorite of many.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 servings
Calories 325 kcal


  • Boil the mung beans in water.
  • When the outer shells separate from the pods, lower the heat.
  • Crush the beans with the back of the ladle.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Let the mung beans mixture rest.
  • Put oil in a heated pan.
  • Saute the garlic under medium heat.
  • When the garlic turns golden, add in the onions.
  • When the onions sweat and wilt, add in the ginger. Stir well.
  • After 5 minutes, add in the tomatoes. Continue stirring.
  • Season the dish with shrimp paste. Stir well.
  • Put the squash in. Stir well.
  • Add in the mung beans mixture when the squash begins to soften.
  • When the soup boils, season with fish sauce and pepper.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Serve with hot rice.



A little tip on preserving ginger: Freeze them! This spice is rather expensive in the Asian market. We have to buy a big lump of it since we cannot break it into tiny parts of what we really just need. At home, we do break them into small nubs and then, we freeze them. When it's time to cook them, I thaw them. Every part is used! Nothing is thrown away.
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Ginisang Monggo Recipe (With Kalabasa)

Easy, right?

At home, we often cook ginisang munggo on Fridays. No reason; just a force of habit, I suppose; or maybe because we associate this dish with the Lenten Season when we are not supposed to eat meats. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this one.

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Oh man, let me tell you about Ginisang Monggo! Back in the Philippines, it’s something we cherish, especially during Holy Week and on Fridays. Do you know that comforting feeling when you get a bowl of your favorite soup? That’s what it’s like! Traditionally, this gem of a dish is crafted without meat, but it snuggles up perfectly with some fried fish on the side. But here’s the fun part – it’s like a canvas. You can throw in all sorts of things! I’ve seen it with pork leg, chicharon, and even smoked fish. But hey, if you’re vegetarian, just toss in some veggies or even coconut milk, and it’s a game-changer. Every family has their spin, and that’s what makes it so special.

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Back home, some of my buddies even pair it with shrimp, bagnet, or chicken. But you know the real secret? Serving it over hot rice. It’s like a hug in a bowl. The flavors, the traditions, the memories – all blend into this one dish. Whether it’s a regular Friday meal or a gathering with friends, Ginisang Monggo has been, and always will be, close to my heart. If you ever visit the Philippines, make sure you try it! And remember, just like life, it’s all about adding your personal twist to it.

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