Food Friday: Guinataang Santol

Santol is an exotic tropical fruit grown in Southeast Asia. It is eaten raw and plain. In India, it is eaten with spices added. It is also cooked and candied or made into marmalade when the seeds are removed. Santol seeds are inedible and may cause complications such as intestinal perforation if swallowed.

I've only recently known that this tropical fruit can be cooked with coconut milk just like other vegetables. It was actually our maid who came from Bicol who taught me to cook this. Here's the recipe...

  • 1/4 cup shrimp
  • 4 cups santol meat (just ripened)
  • 1/2 cup thick coconut milk scraped or grated
  • 1 cup thin coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 3 pieces chili
  • 1 tablespoon bagoong or shrimp paste

  • Saute garlic and onion in oil. Add the shrimps and shrimp paste.
  • Add the santol meat and pour the thin coconut milk, simmer for 5 minutes. Add the thick coconut milk. Cook for 5 more minutes, or till done.
  • Add the chili and sprinkle with salt.
  • Enjoy it with lots of steamed rice.


Anonymous said…
I have tasted this before, sis ... i liked it! haven't tried cooking it myself, though. thanks for the recipe!

thanks, too, for joining!
added you na to the blogroll. :)
mimi11460 said…
wow bago yan ah pero me i don' t dare swallow a santol seed my father kasi use to scare us that this will grow in the intestine kaya careful ako not to swallow it. True na talagang delicado a friend of mine name Erma was operated and has her colostomy for two years due to excessive swallowing of santol.
Anonymous said…
Kakaiba yan, tita. Di ko pa natitikman yan. Di ako mahilig sa santol pero sa ginataan oo :)

Happy Friday po!
Mariz said…
hmmm..yumyum! mukhang masarap ah... sayang walang santol dito sa Dubai, otherwise lulutuin ko na yan bukas...
Just love your recipes! It's really unique. Wonder if guinataang santol would taste like guinataang nangka.
Liz said…

oo sis, sarap talaga lalo na kung me konting kagat ng chili
Liz said…

naku sis, totoo yan, kahit nga small seeds lang hindi dapat i-swallow, lalo na santol seeds, ang lalaki pa naman nyan
Liz said…

try it she, yummy talaga
Liz said…

hehe, tago mo na lang recipe para pag umuwi ka dito luto ka ;)
Liz said…

thanks bro, i like it more, di ko kase masyadong type yung ginataang langka.
Anonymous said…
wow sis! im from bicol and this is one of my dad's specialties..

nakakatakam talaga and once you taste you wouldn't be content with just a few servings of rice with it!
WebbieLady said…
ABC Bloglearner says...

Really? What an info! I do like swallowing the seeds! nakakagigil kasi! But i don't remember when was the last time I ate Santol. Maybe in 2005 pa. Yeah, it's Santol time by now na pala..hmmm..lumalaway ako as I read your post, Liza!

I never knew it could be cooked as well. Strange.
ABC Bloglearner
Unknown said…
Hi Liza,

I love this dish! This is actually one of my favorites. Not many people know about this recipe, it's really worth sharing. :)
Zeee said…
I like santol...but i haven't tried this one yet! :)
david santos said…
Hi Liza!
I like this.
Happy weekend.
Shosh said…
Liza, Santol is my favorite, especially when it's sour. Yum!

Maya said…
wow, i never heard about this one. my first time.I have to tell this to my that she could try cooking it.
I don't have it here sayang.
Salamat sa recipe,Liz.
Nimsik said…
سرویس و تعمیرات لپ تاپ در مرکز جامع تعمیرات تخصصی انواع لوازم خانگی