We wanted to cleanse our eating habits. Yet we yearned for comfort food this week. So, I combined both and cooked Monggo Guisado with Beef Short Ribs Adobo in the Instant Pot.
Winter means it is time for hearty stews and soups in our household so, I often have homemade stock in the freezer. In my pantry, I always have a bag of dried mung beans or what Filipinos call ‘monggo’. Mung beans have one of the highest protein contents in the bean category. I grew up enjoying monggo (say ‘mongh-goh’) in various ways my mom used to cook it. One of my favorites was as a sautéed side with juicy tomatoes, and fresh spinach, all produce my father planted in our yard, back home in the Philippines.
Here in my American kitchen, I poured the monggo meal on a mound of steamed rice, the savory soup absorbed by the plump, white grains. The aroma of the sautéed mung beans flavored with fish sauce and fresh ginger were perfect on the sweetly fragrant white rice. The mushy, small pea-size globules nestled with slices of tomatoes and onions were a pretty sight cascading on the heavy ladle. This time, I added leftover beef adobo short ribs. Each meaty chunk was fall-off-the bone tender. The tangy, garlicky beef complimented the earthy monggo and rest of the vegetables.
This first week of the year was challenging for America, on top of the rising cases of the pandemic. Our hearts were heavy after seeing the images of the Capitol building being attacked. There were images we could not un-see. So, we turned to what was soothing and familiar. A bowl of classic Monggo Guisado with Beef Adobo Short Ribs was exactly what we needed this moment to soothe our souls.
Monggo Guisado with Beef Short Ribs Adobo - Instant Pot + Stovetop
- Stockpot or Dutch oven - for stovetop cooking
- Instant Pot multicooker - 6 or 8 quarts - for pressure cooking
- 1 cup dried monggo beans (mung beans)
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 whole onion, chopped
- 1 knob (1-inch piece) fresh ginger, sliced thin
- 2 whole tomatoes, sliced
- 1 Tablespoon patis (fish sauce)
- 6 cups soup stock (chicken or beef)
- 4 pieces cooked beef short ribs adobo
- 1 to 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 1 pinch salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- steamed rice
To prepare the monggo (mung beans):
- In a medium-sized bowl, soak the dried monggo in water for 30 minutes. The water should be enough to cover the beans.
To cook on the stovetop:
- Drain and discard the water from the pre-soaked monggo beans.Using a large stockpot, over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil.Saute the garlic, onions, ginger and tomatoes.
- Pour the patis and soup stock to the saute.Mix in the softened monggo. Blend the ingredients.
- Add the leftover cooked beef adobo short ribs. Season the monggo and rest of ingredients with salt and black pepper.
- Lower heat to a medium. Cover and continue cooking till monggo beans are soft for 45 to 50 minutes.Stir the monggo every so often to prevent sticking to the bottom of the stockpot.
- When beans are soft, add the baby spinach. Cover and turn off heat. The spinach leaves will cook in the residual heat for about 5 minutes.Serve warm with rice.
To cook in the Instant Pot:
- Click Saute button on keypad. Add vegetable oil to the inside pot.After 1 to 2 minutes, oil will be hot. Saute the garlic, onions, ginger and tomatoes.Pour the patis and mix well.Click Cancel to turn off Saute function.
- Pour the soaked monggo and soup stock. Add the cooked beef adobo ribs.Pour the soup stock.Season with salt and black pepper.
- Close and lock the lid. Set the valve to Sealing.Select Manual and cook on High Pressure for 15 minutes.
- When buzzer sounds, do a quick release of the valve.Carefully unlock and open the lid. Place lid on a dry surface of the counter.Add the fresh baby spinach to the monggo and beef mixture.Close and lock the lid.Click Keep Warm function. Let the residual heat cook the leafy spinach for 1 to 2 minutes.Serve warm with rice.
To cook the Beef Adobo Short Ribs:
- Dried monggo (mung beans) are packaged in plastic bags and are sold in Asian markets or online sources. Keep them in dry, sealed containers in the pantry.One cup of dried monggo can yield 4 cups when cooked. Once boiled, the monggo beans expand and plump up.
Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided in the recipe links is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.
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