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Bulanglang Tagalog
Bulanglang Tagalog

Like I always mention, I love dishes with no oil or use minimal oil as ingredient. I grew up not using oil in our veggies, not because we don't like it then but more so because, we don't have money to buy cooking oil that time. And since I'm used to such dishes, up to this time, though I can now buy cooking oil,  I still prepare veggies (some other dishes, too) with no oil or minimal oil, as much as possible. For me, it's a healthy dish and it's good for the body. Here's another oil-free vegetable dish we used to have, back in our younger days, in the province.


3 medium size tomatoes, quartered
1 small papaya or sayote, sliced
200 grams squash, cubed
1 bunch of string beans, cut into 2 inch long
5 okra, cut into half
1 bunch of camote tops (should be malunggay but out of stock)
3 cups rice water
1 bulb native garlic, crushed
salt to taste

PS: We normally add bago (melinjo) leaves and patani (lima beans) but these veggies are not common produce you can find in the market here in Manila, more so in grocery stores.

How to make bulanglang Tagalog

1. Prepare and clean all the vegetables and set aside.
2. In a pan, put rice water, garlic, tomatoes and salt and bring to  boil.
3. Once boiling, add string beans. Add squash and okra after a minute.
5. After around 3 minutes or when the above veggies are just done, add sayote.
6. Let it simmer for about 2 minutes then add camote tops or malunggay.
7. Cover and remove from fire.

That's it! Another simple and healthy dish ready for serving. Serve with fried fish and warm rice. Enjoy!

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Yield: Good for 4-5 servings
Prep/Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes 
Total Cost: Around 70 Php

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