Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa

Ginataang sitaw at kalabasa is a Filipino dish, consisting mainly of coconut milk (gata), long beans (sitaw) and squash (kalabasa). There are different variations for this dish. Some would only use the long beans with coconut milk, some only the squash with coconut milk. Some would prefer pork instead of shrimps, and some would make it all vegan.

I have a limited knowledge in cooking Filipino dishes, and I'm proud to say that this is one of the Filipino dishes that I can cook well. It's a healthy dish and has a simple & easy to follow recipe.

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 to 2 cups long beans, cut into 2 inch segments
  • 1 to 2 cups squash
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup shrimps, shelled and deveined
  • salt or fish sauce to taste
  1. Heat oil and fry the garlic until brown.
  2. Add the onion and stir fry until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the beans and squash. Season with salt/fish sauce.
  4. When the beans and squash are half-cooked, add the coconut milk and shrimps.
  5. Add water if necessary. Continue cooking until the beans are done and the sauce is thick.
  • You can substitute the shrimps with pork, cut into small bite pieces. Or you can also make it all vegan, remove the shrimps/pork completely. Simply adjust the seasonings according to taste.
  • If you used pork, cook the pork before cooking the garlic. Add the garlic when the meat is done or brownish in color.


Melanie February 11, 2009 at 2:10 AM  

Congratulations on your new blog. This is our ulam the other day, i just add crabs on it. soooo yummy, but I guess the baby in my tummy does not like it so much !

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