Mad for Malunggay

By Patricia May P. Catan

Photo by Chady Pantaleon

Moringa oleifera, commonly known as malunggay, has a multitude of health benefits despite its tiny size. You’re probably wondering how this healthy veggie with its many benefits can be incorporated into your everyday diet. This power plant is actually a versatile ingredient used to boost many recipes. Here are eight moringa-inspired ones that you can start with.

Mix it with your daily consumption of water

The best method to include malunggay into your daily diet is blending it with H2O. We consume several glasses of fluid a day which has its own health advantages too. Why not double its benefits by adding malunggay? You can even mix them together with lemon and honey for the liquid to go down easier.

Make your own malunggay tea

There’s an abundance of malunggay all over the island and one way to make use of this leafy green is turning it into tea. The process is simple from harvesting to dry roasting, but if you want to skip the hassle, moringa-based or moringa-infused teas are also available for purchase.

Enhance your green smoothie with malunggay

Spinach or kale are popular ingredients for green smoothies as well as protein powder. Moringa makes an ideal addition too as it’s packed with nutrients that blend well with other greens. You can adjust the flavor to your liking by adding sweet fruits like pineapples, bananas and oranges.

Tweak your omelette recipe with moringa

Whip up some malunggay omelette instead of your usual scrambled eggs for breakfast. All you need to prepare are chopped malunggay leaves aside from your regular recipe, then whisk them into the eggs before frying.

Scatter malunggay leaves into soups

Malunggay leaves or malunggay powder are perfect for any liquid recipe, especially soups. Sprinkle a generous amount on your soup for an added nutritional punch to your everyday meal.

Blend your own malunggay pesto

Making homemade pesto is easy-peasy. You will need garlic, basil, pine nuts or cashew and extra virgin olive oil. Combine all of the ingredients together and put everything in a blender. For added vitamins and minerals, infuse your pesto recipe with some malunggay leaves.

Bake malunggay into anything

Almost all baked goods can be tossed with moringa powder. The most familiar one using such is the malunggay bread. If talking about using fresh malunggay as ingredient, malunggay muffin is the recommended recipe.

Boost your guacamole

The flavors of moringa and avocado match well with each other. Mix malunggay into your favorite guacamole recipe to boost its flavors and for a healthier twist to the classic guacamole dip.

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