Ginataang Munggo

Ginataang munggo or lelut balatung as Kapampangans call it, is an easy rice porridge dish with toasted mung beans. Cooked in creamy coconut milk that makes it a really delicious dessert or snack.

porridge in a bowl

You can create a lot of delicious dishes using the humble mung beans like ginisang munggo or minatamis na munggo. Ginataang munggo is another example of the many ways you can cook munggo or monggo. There is a tradition in Pampanga where one should cook lelut balatung when a child begins to walk. It is believed that by doing this, the child will accomplish great things. One thing I’m sure of is that when there is ginataang munggo, expect a delicious and hearty snack.

ingredients on top of table

It’s basic, It’s effective and easy to make

Making this tasty treat couldn’t be easier and uses only a few ingredients. What makes it stand out are the toasted mung beans that gives the dish a unique taste. The beans are simmered in coconut milk until tender then its just a matter of adding glutinous rice and sugar. This mung beans recipe is straight forward and doesn’t require much effort to make.

porridge in a pot

Tips when cooking

Stirring the mixture occasionally is advised to avoid sticking and burning at the bottom of the pot.

Use a chopper or blender to easily crush the toasted mung beans and save more time. You can also place toasted beans in a zip lock and pound with a rolling pin if you don’t have a mortar and pestle.

Before adding the sugar make sure that the rice is fully cooked. Adding the sugar too soon will result in un-even cooking of the rice.

It’s better to cook the toasted mung beans before the glutinous rice since they take longer to soften.

Top it off with coconut milk and I guarantee you it’ll be yummier and enjoyable.

porridge with milk in a pot

Can you store left-overs?

Place cold left-overs in airtight containers with lid and refrigerate. The porridge can last up to 3 days.

To reheat, add a bit of coconut milk then stir then heat in a pot over a stove or in a microwave.

porridge with milk in a bowl on top of table

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Ginataang Munggo

Ginataang munggo or lelut balatung as Kapampangans call it, is an easy rice porridge with toasted mung beans in coconut milk. Cooked in creamy coconut milk that makes it a really delicious dessert or snack.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: ginataang munggo, ginataang munggo recipe
Author: Mia


  • ½ cup mung beans
  • 1 cup glutinous rice
  • 7 cups coconut milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup coconut milk


  • Wash glutinous rice thoroughly then drain excess water using a strainer. Set aside.
  • In a pan, toast mung bean over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Let it cool down then you can either coarsely grind it in a chopper or place in a zip lock and pound with rolling pin.
  • Stain pounded mung beans to separate hull and set aside.
  • In a pot over medium heat, pour coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Add mung beans and cook while occasionally stirring for 10 minutes or until tender.
  • Tip in glutinous rice and stir to incorporate. Cook and stir occasionally for 15-20 minutes or until rice is soft and cooked. Add sugar and coconut cream until sugar dissolves and incorporated. Continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  • Remove pot from heat and serve in serving bowls while warm. Bon appetit!


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