This is one of my favorite Filipino dishes that reminds me of home. We grew up eating balatong and just like a lot of the dishes my parents cooked were healthy and nutritious. It’s only as an adult I could appreciate the hot, home cooked meals every night my mom made.
As I talk about in my healing classes, foods from our ancestry are very nourishing as we heal and get back into balance. Consider your ancestral foods and how they make you feel when you prepare and digest them.
Balatong is a traditional Filipino dish also known as mung bean soup made from mung beans and vegetables. There are several variations and once you get the basics you can easily modify to your taste. This dish is simple to prepare, is very satisfying to all 6 tastes and will leave you feeling nourished
Mung Beans (1 cup will provide a generous portion)
Yellow onion, diced
Vegetables of your choose: bitter melon, moringa leaves aka mulangay
Salt and pepper to taste
Fish sauce (optional, traditional method)
A bit of Pork (optional, traditional method)
Shrimp (optional, traditional method)
Add spices to your liking (turmeric, etc… this is non- traditional Filipino but is a nice variation I switch up)
Rinse the mung beans under cold, running water in a strainer. Pour the rinsed mung beans into a large pot with enough water to double the amount of beans in the pot (I know so vague but sorry I don’t measure!).
Boil the beans over high heat until they are soft or for about 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and leave the beans to simmer until the water evaporates.
In a separate saucepan, sauté garlic, yellow onion and ginger. Stir for three minutes. Add tomatoes and optional ingredients.
Stir the cooked mung beans into the saucepan. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Add vegetables until just cooked. Remove from the heat and serve while hot.
Over time you’ll enjoy making to your consistency. You can prepare in a bowl alone as a soup or served over steamed white rice.
Source: Thank you Dr. Axe for listing these Health Benefits
Health Benefits of Mung Beans
1. Can Help Lower High Cholesterol Levels and Protect Against Heart Disease
2. Helps Lower High Blood Pressure
3. Contains Antioxidants That Fight Cancer Development
4. Can Help Prevent or Treat Type 2 Diabetes
5. Provide a High Source of Protein
6. Boosts Immunity and Protects Against Infections and Viruses
7. High Source of Vitamins and Minerals, Like Folate and Magnesium
8. Fights Obesity and Helps with Weight Loss
9. Can Help Decrease PMS Symptoms
10. Easy to Digest Compared to Many Other Beans