How To Cook Tender Monggo For Any Recipe

This step-by-step process of how to cook monggo beans is easy!

Monggo or mung beans is a staple in most Pinoy households. This legume is the main ingredient in the munggong guisado recipe.

It’s actually easy to cook monggo but it does take time. One of the most-asked questions about monggo is if you need to soak these beans. The only reason you need to soak monggo is if you’re interested in turning them into togue or bean sprouts. So no! You do not have to soak monggo before cooking them. 

Now that you know you don’t need to do any preparation to cook tender monggo, here’s how to cook monggo beans until tender for any recipe that you want to make: 

  1. 1 Rinse and remove any pebbles or other dirt and particles from the monggo
  2. 2 Transfer to a saucepan or small pot. Add plenty of water to rise about 1 inch over the top of the beans. (Use a 1 part monggo to 3 parts water ratio if needed.) 
  3. 3 Bring to a boil, then lower the heat.
  4. 4 Simmer the monggo until the beans begin to crack and split. This is a sign that the beans are tender and are ready to be used in your recipe or served as is.

You can use this easy stovetop method for any of these recipes: 


1 Ginisang Monggo Recipes

Take the classic approach and make either of these simple sauteed monggo recipes. These dishes are made more flavorful with fried pork but you can leave that out if desired. 

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2 Ginataang Monggo Recipes 

If you want your monggo dish richer and more flavorful without adding pork, try it with coconut milk or cream. The richness of the coconut is great complement to the creaminess of the monggo. Serve it with shrimp, crispy fried fish, or even langka or young jackfruit!   

Photo by Patrick Martires

3 Monggo with SPAM Recipe

This monggo stew is made even more satisfying and hearty with potatoes and carrots. It’s a fantastic stew that’s made perfectly balanced in flavor with the salty luncheon meat chunks.


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4 Pull-Apart Monggo Bread Recipe 

Why not use monggo for dessert or even bread? This unique use of monggo makes use of the sweetened red monggo beans which you can easily make by simmering the monggo in sugar and water until sticky. Then drain and use in this trendy pull-apart bread recipe with that distinct Asian flavor.   

How do you cook your monggo?


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