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Giniling with Alugbati at Kalabasa

Giniling with Alugbati at Kalabasa is one of my favorite easy to cook Filipino dish. Simple and delicious when serve over rice.

Alugbati is also known as Malabar spinach, Indian Spinach or Vine Spinach. 

  • 1 lb ground beed
  • 2 lbs alugbati leaves
  • 1 lb kalabasa, peeled and cubed
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or more if needed) 
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 
  • 1 1/2 cups water

  1. Using a pot or a sauce pan, heat and add cooking oil. 
  2. Add garlic and onions. Saute until fragrant. 
  3. Add ground beef and saute. Cook for 5 minutes in medium heat or until ground beef is fully cooked and turns golden brown. 
  4. Season with salt and ground pepper. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add kalabasa and stir. Cook for 2 minutes. 
  6. Add water and stir. Bring into a quick boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until kalabasa is fully cooked. 
  7. Taste test to see if more salt is needed. 
  8. Add alugbati leaves and cook for few minutes or until alogbati is cooked. 
  9. Remove pan from heat and serve hot with steam rice. Enjoy. 

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