Moringa Patty

Moringa (Malunggay) Patty: An Affordable Healthy Alternative

Moringa PattyMy husband and I have been ill and traveling. Not the best combination but we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless (I’ll be sharing more on our three-day trip on a separate post^_^). This is the reason why I was not able to immediately post this healthy recipe which also happens to be very affordable. I highlight this because healthy foods or options tend to be more expensive and it’s frustrating =\. Moringa Patty_treeMoringa or Maluggay is ubiquitous in the Philippines and it is very easy to propagate so most Filipinos have access to free Moringa produce. If you don’t have one near you, find out how to plant one here. It’s very easy and requires low maintenance. It can even grow in poor soil. We have several around the house and the Moringa tree photographed above is actually planted on clay soil.Moringa LeavesIts leaves are well-known for its rich protein content and one professor of mine even claim that its seeds are excellent for managing hypertension. Rightly so, it is very popular here in the country. The Department of Education (DepEd) even has a cook book solely tackling different recipes using Moringa as part of its Nutrition Program.Moringa PattyWhat I am sharing with you today is my mother’s recipe. I fell in love with this Moringa Patty at first bite. I often endorse it because it is just so good! I love it dipped in vinegar as a snack or with rice. I also tried to make it into a sandwich and it did not fail me. YUM!!! It is a formidable meat substitute =).Moringa Patty SandwichYou have to try this and I’m sure it will become a staple in your family menu. Just follow the instructions below:

1 – Pick YOUNG Moringa leaves from a nearby tree. Choose the leaves near the top or end of the branches. Older leaves will be tougher and harder to soften by boiling as well as bitter. I used about 250 g of leaves in this particular batch.

2 – Slide your thumb and index fingers through the thicker branches to pick out the leaves. Discard the tough branches.

3 – Boil leaves in water just until all have wilted. Do not overcook. The leaves should have a nice bite to it.

4 – Drain out the excess water but do not squeeze the leaves dryMoringa Leaves5 – Closely chop the leaves in one direction only. Again, the leaves should have a nice bite to it so do not mince.Moringa Leaves6 – Thoroughly mix in 1 medium onion (minced), 2 large eggs, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. This step is a playground. You can modify or experiment on flavors according to your own liking.Moringa Patty7 – Add in 3/4 cup of all purpose flour and blend just until combined and comes together. Do not overmix. Doing so will toughen your final product because of the increased gluten formation facilitated by mixing.Moringa Patty8 – Spoon about 1/4 cup of the mixture and drop in pre-heated pan with oilMoringa Patty Batter9 – Flatten into discs and wait until sides are golden brown before flipping to cook the other side

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Moringa Patty
Serves 8
A healthy and affordable dish that will surely be a new staple in your family menu
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Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Water for boiling
  2. 250 g young Moringa Leaves
  3. 1 medium Onion (minced)
  4. 2 large Eggs
  5. 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  6. 1/4 tsp Fine Salt
  7. 1/4 tsp Ground Pepper
  8. 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  9. Oil for frying
Cookware
  1. Frying Pan
For the Patties
  1. Slide your thumb and index fingers through the thicker Moringa branches to pick out the leaves. Discard the tough branches.
  2. Boil leaves in water just until all have wilted. Do not overcook. The leaves should have a nice bite to it.
  3. Drain out the excess water but do not squeeze the leaves dry
  4. Closely chop the leaves in one direction only. Again, the leaves should have a nice bite to it so do not mince.
  5. Thoroughly mix in 1 medium onion (minced), 2 large eggs, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper
  6. Add in 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour and blend just until combined and comes together
  7. Pour a little oil into a frying pan and preheat
  8. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the mixture and drop in the pan
  9. Flatten into discs and wait until sides are golden brown before flipping to cook the other side
Notes
  1. If freshly picking from a Moringa tree, choose young leaves - near the top or end of the branches. Older leaves will be tougher and harder to soften as well as bitter
  2. You can modify or experiment on flavors or spices according to your own liking
  3. Do not overmix after addition of All Purpose Flour. This will toughen your final product because of the increased gluten formation facilitated by mixing.
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2 Comments

  1. Jenny Pisco

    Wow kakaiba to! A must try! Para sa mga health conscious like me at very affordable pa (actually mahihingi ko lang sa kapitbahay d2 sa bulacan ang malungay).

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