Malunggay Dessert Recipes – Cook and Eat the Healthiest Vegetable as Sweets

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Recipes for malunggay or moringa, considered by many scientists as the miracle vegetable or the healthiest vegetable on earth, do come in plenty.

This is because malunggay is such an adaptable, healthful, low-cost, and low-maintenance vegetable that has been used for generations to fight hunger, malnutrition and certain diseases among the hard-up population in parts of Asia, Africa and Southern America.

So what exactly do people get each time they cook and eat malunggay? The list of nutrients is long. Some of these nutrients are:

  • Zinc
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin A
  • Protein
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Lutein
  • Iron
  • Flavonoids
  • Copper
  • Calcium
  • Biotin

Malunggay also has more nutrients than most other vegetable and fruits. It has:

  • Seven times the Vitamin C of oranges
  • Four times the calcium of milk
  • Four times the vitamin A of carrots
  • Three times the potassium of bananas
  • Three times the iron of spinach
  • Two times the protein of milk
  • Two times the protein of yogurt

To know more about how malunggay nourishes the body, read:

Now convinced that you ought to eat malunggay? Here are some quick and easy recipes you may want to try.

1. Icy Malunggay Tea

Ingredients:

  • malunggay leaves – 5 cups
  • honey
  • cold water – 10-15 cups

Steps:

  1. Gather and clean malunggay leaves.
  2. Place them in a sealed container.
  3. Fill the container with cold water of about 10-15 cups.
  4. Let the leaves seep in the sealed contained for 45 minutes.
  5. Add ice cubes, honey or brown sugar as necessary.
  6. Enjoy your cool malunngay tea!

Notes:

  • Brew malunggay tea in cool, not warm, water to avoid oxidation and to preserves the nutrients of the leaves.
  • You can use the same set of leaves for making cool tea up to three times only.

2. Creamy Malunggay Cupcake

Ingredients:

  • salt – ½ tablespoon
  • malunggay leaves – 1 tablespoons; blended
  • flour – 3 ½ cups
  • eggs – 3
  • condensed milk – 1 medium-sized can
  • baking powder – ½ tablespoon

Steps:

  1. In a bowl, mix flour and baking powder.
  2. Season it with salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, melt the butter.
  4. Add in sugar and eggs.
  5. Mix condensed milk and malunggay leaves.
  6. Add in the mixed flour and baking powder.
  7. Pour mixture into cupcake holders until three-fourths full.
  8. Bake at 370 degrees heat for 30 minutes.

3. Velvety Malunggay Pastillas de Leche

Ingredients:

  • sweet potato – 1 cup; boiled then mashed
  • malunggay leaves – 2 cups; boiled
  • condensed milk – 1 medium-sized cup

Steps:

  1. In a pan set on medium heat, mix sweet potato, malunggay leaves, and condensed milk.
  2. Continue mixing until almost dry or after 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer mixture onto a platter.
  4. Roll mixture into a long log shape.
  5. Cut the log-shaped mixture into 30 pieces of small pastillas.

To know how to cook the authentic Filipino pastillas, read:

4. Powdery Malunggay Polvoron

Ingredients:

  • all-purpose flour – 4 cups
  • butter – 1 ½ cups
  • malunggay – 1 ½ cups; mashed
  • powdered milk – 2 cups
  • sugar – 2 cups

Steps:

  1. In a pan set on medium heat, cook flour until almost brown.
  2. Add in sugar and powdered milk.
  3. Put in butter and melt.
  4. Sprinkle malunggay.
  5. Turn off the heat and allow mixture to cool down.
  6. With a use of polvoron molder, shape the mixture into small round polvorons.
  7. Wrap each polvoron in cellophane paper.

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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

This is interesting! I never knew you could make dessert of malunggay. I'm curious to try to taste this specially the pastillas and polvoron. Good hub! Thanks for sharing!


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MM Del Rosario 4 years ago from NSW, Australia

this is something I don't know... bookmarked for future reference when I finally find where i can get malunggay here in sydney...


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thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

Yum yum! That choco cupcake sure looks good babe. Though I have to stick with malunggay (moringa) and monggo sprouts instead...

Very creative ideas for a vegie that has been around for centuries! :)


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tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

Something else I have never heard of. It sounds like a very nutritious tree and it is so good to read and see on the video that it is saving lives. Very interesting hub.

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