Monday, March 5, 2012

Ensaladang Katuray

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As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I'll be sharing some of  the vegetable recipes featured at the 2012 FNRI Menu Guide Calendar. Presenting "Ensaladang Katuray", an authentic ethnic appetizer featuring "katuray" flowers and ripe mango cubes blended with tomatoes, bagoong isda and vinegar that will surely stimulate your taste buds.
photo courtesy of Overseas Pinoy Cooking (original recipe source)
But first, are we all familiar with Katuray? Sesbania grandiflora (Linn) Pers. or West Indian Pea (English Name).  Katuray is a tree, 5 to 12 meters high, often planted for its edible flowers and pods.  Its flowers are an excellent source of calcium, fair source of iron, and a good source of vitamin B.  The large white or pink flowers are edible, eaten raw or steamed; makes for an excellent.  Young pods are eaten like string beans.

1 cup        Katuray flower
1/4 cup    Tomato, diced
1/4 cup    Onion, Bombay, chopped
2 cups     Mango, medium ripe, cubed (any variety)
1/4 cup   Bagoong na isda
1/4 cup   Vinegar


1.  Wash and drain flowers.  Trim stem and remove stamen/ pistil from the flowers.
2.  Place the trimmed flowers in a bowl.
3.  Blanch with boiling water for 1 minute then drain.  Let the flowers cool.
4.  In a separate bowl, gently toss flowers, tomato, onion and mango.  Chill in the refrigerator.
5.  Just before serving, pour the bagoong-vinegar mixture.

Estimated energy and nutrient content per serving (using FCT + Menu Evaluation Software, v.2002)

Energy, kcal                                 130
Protein, g                                     6.0
Calcium, mg                                181
Iron, mg                                       3
Vitamin A, microgram RE        177
Thiamin, mg                               0.17
Riboflavin, mg                            0.15
Niacin, mg                                  4.4
Vitamin C, mg                            69


Serving size                  1 cup
Weight per serving     200 g
Number of serving     3 servings

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  1. This is great. I will let my husband cook this since I am bad in the kitchen. Healthy and yummy.:)

  2. I want to try this recipe. where can you buy/get that katuray flower?

  3. @Stacy Liong I am not sure if katuray flowers are available in MM supermarkets or groceries. But this tree/flowers are plenty in the provinces.

  4. great post. I don't even know what katuray is. will try this recipe soon. thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for this post! Will show this to my mom :))

  6. Looks yummy! I don't think I have seen a Katuray yet though :/

    :) Erika

  7. I don't know where to get katuray. This looks super interesting though, I've never eaten flowers before. :D

  8. Wow! may nutritional content pa. XD

    I'll have my wife read this and have it a try ^_^

  9. I like katuray. This vegetable was introduced to me by my step mom. It's hard to find katuray in the grocery tho! :(

    Visiting form PB sis.

  10. thanks now ko lang nalaman ang katuray haha!

  11. Mukha pong masarap. Matry nga toh pag may time ako hehehhe

  12. We have this vegetable at Cagayan. My dad always prepares this for us before :)

  13. I haven't heard of Katuray yet, but this dish looks yummy! :) Thanks for sharing this recipe. I hope I can make this too when I find Katuray.