Sauteed Lentils with Shrimp and Spinach

Posted by on May 21, 2011 in Featured, Filipino | 9 comments

munggo, lentil

…or more commonly known in my mother tounge as Ginisang munggo. My mom often serves this along with fish or pork chop, if not she would include bits of pork. I prefer putting shrimp with it to maximize iron content, this is something I cook for my asthmatic son. I think I’ve featured this dish here and on my other foodblog often enough but today I’m plating this quite differently.


Munggo (lentils, green mung beans)
Shrimp (shelled and devein)
Fish Sauce

How to:

1. Boil the lentils/mung beans in a large cooking pot or pressure cooker. While waiting for them to tenderize; mince garlic and ginger, cut onions and tomatoes.

2. In a separate pan, saute garlic, onions and ginger. Throw in the tomatoes when the onions become transparent. Put the shrimps next. Season with fish sauce (or salt) and pepper. Set aside.

3. When the mung beans are tender enough, put in the pan contents together in the pot. Add a little water and season according to taste. Add the spinach on top and let cook on the still hot-turned-off- stove. =D


Best served with fried fish! (Another iron-rich food.) I learned that spinach contains inhibitors that will be difficult for the body to absorb iron, so I tend to remove it for my son’s portion. The tomatoes on the other hand contains lots of vitamin C, that which help iron absorption.

(Disclaimer: This dish will not cure bronchitis or asthma, but it will help people with iron-deficiency thereby strenghtening the immune system.)


A post for Food Friday, Foodie Friday, It’s a Keeper, Recipe Swap, Fat Camp Friday, Friday Potluck.


  1. 5-22-2011

    sosyal ang dating ni munggo! hehehe.
    good thing he’s not allergic to munggo… 🙂

  2. 5-23-2011

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. This looks like such an interesting recipe, you presentation is very pretty

  3. 5-23-2011

    Believe it or not, I have never cooked with lentils. Thanks for linking this to Fat Camp Friday, hope to see you next week!

  4. 5-23-2011

    This dish looks lovely! Thanks so much for linking up to Friday Potluck.

  5. 5-23-2011

    Wow, my dad would surely love this one! I’m not a fan of spinach, but I’ll give this one a try soon! Thanks so much for dropping by Sassy Chef Recipes and Reviews! 🙂

  6. 5-23-2011

    now this looks very fancy! never had this kind of dish before…..thanks for dropping by my FTF!

  7. 5-23-2011

    That’s got to be one of the cutest presentations I have seen. Great shot G! 🙂

  8. 5-23-2011

    I can’t get enough lentils, they’re so yummy and nutricious! Well done :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters
    P.S. I’m following you now 🙂

  9. 5-24-2011

    Wow! I love the presentation mare, interesting and unique. I love “ginisang munggo” too esp if with Tuyo or friend Tilapia.

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