Thursday, 23 July 2020 08:19

Quarantine Eats: 3 Healthy Recipes with Malunggay

Written by CDO COVID19 Response Team

The malunggay plant, also known as moringa or horseradish plant, is widely popular among Filipinos not only for its use in local soups and broth, but also for its high nutritional value. 

Malunggay leaves are rich in Vitamins A to E, Calcium, Potassium, and Protein. All of which lead to finer motor skills, strengthened immune system, and improved blood circulation. 

Lactating mothers can benefit from the “superfood” because it helps to increase breast milk production.  For people aiming for weight loss, the high fiber content of malunggay may contribute to detoxification and appetite control.  

The best thing about malunggay is its availability and the fact that it is almost always free. Commonly found around neighborhoods, people often share these from one household to another for use as needed. 

While quarantine is still ongoing, below are links to three (3) healthy recipes with malunggay which we have collated for you from Panlasang Pinoy, a local online portal for healthy Filipino recipes



Chicken Sotanghon Soup with Malunggay and Sayote

This recipe is perfect for rainy days and when one is under the weather. A comfort food to many, the chicken sotanghon soup with malunggay and sayote is a proof that healthy food can be delicious.

Find the recipe here: 



Tinolang Tahong with Malunggay

This recipe is a kind of mussel soup which combines the mussels’ rich salty taste of the sea and the strong aroma from ginger broth, lemongrass, and malunggay. The flavorful tinolang tahong with

Malunggay will surely be another dish to your list of favorites.

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Ginisang Sitaw, Kalabasa, at Malunggay with Shrimp 

This recipe is a splendid mix of squash and shrimp which contrasts the green from string beans and malunggay.  The dish, perfect for lunch or dinner, is as packed with nutrients as it is visually appetizing.

Find the recipe here: