Ginataang Vegetables

Ginataang means to cook with coconut so this dish is coconut with vegetables. This is a classic in my household combining sweet and savoury in a colourful and rich dish. Recipe passed on from mother to son (about time I learned how to cook just like her – amazingly!) and is really easy to make!


  • handful of snake beans, cut to “little finger” length pieces
  • 1/4 large pumpkin, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 1 TBS ghee or coconut oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Ginataang Vegetables Snake Beans


  1. Heat up the ghee/oil in a deep pan or pot and sauté onions then pour in one can of coconut milk.
  2. Bring to the boil and continue heating on high to thicken the sauce.
  3. Add in the vegetables and second can of coconut milk and stir.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover to cook the vegetables (approx. 10 minutes).
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Enjoy on its own or with brown rice as a base.



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