Mung bean stew or monggo guisado is one of my husband’s favourite dishes – the one that takes him back to his childhood in Manila. So, I had to get this right. Hahaha. I wanted to re-create it using the Instant Pot. At first, I was cooking just the mung beans in the Instant Pot and adding it to the rest of the ingredients in a different pot. Then, I thought, why not just cook it all in the Instant Pot? So here it is, one-pot mung bean stew or monggo guisado.
This dish is typically made with some pork, usually pork belly, I used ground pork for this recipe. Use shrimp instead, if you prefer. Or make it a vegan dish and omit the pork or shrimp entirely. I used pastured ground pork and mostly organic ingredients. See my food philosophy here. This dish is usually made with malunggay or moringa leaves. Moringa is such a superfood, usually consumed in powder form, but did you know that the actual leaves can be eaten and added to dishes as well? I get a frozen pack of malunggay from the Asian store, the package also says horseradish leaves. If you can’t find malunggay or moringa leaves, use spinach instead. But add spinach at the end, after cooking the stew.
In the Instant Pot
I’m a huge fan of the Instant Pot. This is the one I have. It just makes cooking so much easier, allowing me to use even cheaper, tougher cuts of meat which come out tender after pressure cooking in the Instant Pot.
In sauté mode, add coconut oil. Sauté the garlic and onions until the onion is translucent and fragrant. Add the ground pork or pork belly, and sauté until browned. If it gets too hot, turn sauté mode on/off intermittently. Next add the mung beans, water, malunggay or moringa leaves. I just cut the malunggay or moringa leaves pack open and dump all the contents in the pot. Set the Instant Pot to bean/chili (or manual mode) for 10 minutes. When it’s done, let the pressure release naturally. Open up the pot and add salt.
There you have it – one-pot mung bean stew or monggo guisado. My husband liked it, yay! 🙂
P.S Try my other Instant Pot Filipino favourite recipes:
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Instant Pot Mung Bean Stew or Monggo Guisado
- 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ onion, diced
- ½ lb ground pork (or diced pork belly)
- 1 cup mung beans
- 3 cups water
- 1 pack malunggay or moringa leaves (or 2 cups spinach)
- 1 tsp salt
Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and melt the coconut oil.
Add garlic and onions, sauté until onions are translucent and fragrant.
Add ground pork (or pork belly), sauté until lightly brown.
Turn off sauté mode.
Add mung beans, water and malunggay or moringa leaves. (If using spinach, add leaves at the end.)
Cover and press bean/chili (or manual) for 10 minutes. When done, let pressure release naturally.
Add salt (and spinach if using, then allow spinach to wilt).
Serve and enjoy!