One superfood that is always recommended to moms would be Moringa, also known as malunggay, to help boost their milk production. It contains key vitamins and minerals, as well as essential amino acids and glycosides, that are beneficial to one’s health.
In the Philippines, malunggay is often used as natural medicine, and is incorporated into many dishes because it grows abundantly and is budget-friendly. It is also added to soups, snacks, and even desserts. There are numerous malunggay recipe ideas that have been shared and passed down from family to family.
Malunngay is said to double a mother’s breast milk supply. Since moringa leaves are a natural galactagogue which is a substance that increases the flow of a mother’s milk, drinking or eating more of this while breastfeeding doubles the milk supply.
This was cited in a study made by The Philippines Journal of Pediatrics which stated the findings of five scientific studies examining moringa and it’s impact on breast milk supply.
You can try to boost your own milk supply through natural means. Here are some malunggay recipe ideas that are great for your next meals and snack.
Malunggay Recipe Ideas
Malunggay Recipe Ideas: Malunggay and Corn Soup
This hearty soup is great for those rainy afternoons and lazy days at home.
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 3 pieces corn, grated
- 2 bunches malunggay leaves (moringa)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- salt, to taste
- Heat water or chicken stock until it simmers.
- Add the onions and grated corn, and let it simmer again for 10 minutes or until the corn is cooked.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the malunggay leaves and turn off the heat immediately.
Malunggay Recipe Ideas: Chicken and Malunggay Soup with Coconut Milk
This creamy dish hits all the right spots.
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable cooking oil
- 2 large chicken breasts, thinly sliced
- 3 to 4 cups malunggay leaves
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 thumb-sized knob ginger, peeled and finely sliced
- 2 stalks lemongrass, finely sliced
- 2 to 4 bird’s eye chilies, finely chopped
- 4 cups chicken bone broth
- 2 kaffir lime leaves, torn
- 2 cups coconut cream
- Patis (fish sauce) to taste
- Heat the cooking oil in a pot. Sauté the garlic, ginger, onion, chilis, and lemongrass until fragrant.
- Add the chicken strips and cook until no longer pink.
- Add the kaffir lime leaves. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes.
- Pour in the broth. Season with fish sauce. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the chicken is done.
- Pour in the coconut cream.
- Add the malunggay leaves, pressing them down into the liquid. When the soup boils, count two minutes then turn off the heat. Don’t overcook the malunggay leaves unless you want them to turn bitter.
- Adjust the seasonings and serve at once.
Malunggay Recipe Ideas: Malunggay Smoothie
This is one of the delicious malunggay recipe ideas that can be made in less than 5 minutes!