Dinuydoy is an Ilocano dish composed mainly of squash and bitter melon leaves or malunggay leaves.

Squash is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.

Bitter melon leaves are a good source of vitamin A. Bitter melon fruit and leaves are being studied for their hypoglycemic, blood sugar lowering properties and ability to help treat diabetes mellitus. An extract from the leaves is also being studied for its anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties and for use in treating HIV, herpes, stomach ulcers, malaria and numerous types of cancer.


Cooking Instruction for Dinuydoy


1/2 kilo squash cut into cubes
1 bundle bitter melon leaves
1/4 kilo pork meat cut in small cubes
5 cloves garlic minced
1 medium onion minced
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp fish sauce
3 cups water

How to Cook:

  1. Saute garlic, onion and meat in oil
  2. Add water and bring to boil
  3. Add squash, boil and simmer 
  4. Mash squash when become tender
  5. Add fish sauce to taste
  6. Add bitter melon leaves

Serving size:  3-4

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