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Sri Lankan spinach and coconut mallung(stir-fry).

Spinach and coconut mallung(Sri Lankan).

A healthy spinach recipe that fits into any diet.

From gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan to even meat lovers who will want to have this dish to cool down their system.

You will be making this spinach and coconut salad(mallung)without absolutely no extra oil used except for the tiny bit released by the coconut. 

You’ve tried spinach in all the ways you can make, in your salad, in your smoothies, a topping over your soup but have you ever tried it as a Sri Lankan spinach mallung?

Spinach stir-fry with grated coconut.

One of the healthiest addition you’ll find in a Sri Lankan meal is a raw leafy salad.

It’s the dish that rounds up all the flavors.

The leafy bowl is guaranteed to be packed with nutrients because you’ll be eating it raw(well almost raw in the case of this spinach mallung).

Writing about leafy Sri Lankan dishes, I can’t believe I’m using the same words my mama used when I refused to eat the Gotu kola mallung on my plate.

“eat the greens they’ll make your hair grow longer and skin glow” which sounded like blah blah to me at that time but is actually true when you think about it.

I mean eating greens, especially the ones served at meals when we were young are the purest form of vitamins and nutrients. so if you can, try to get your young ones to eat a few spoonfuls a day.

What does “mallung” mean?

“mallung” referred to here is a preparation of leafy vegetables into a kind of salad that can be raw or sometimes cooked for a few minutes.

I haven’t the foggiest idea if there is an English word that can give the same meaning as “mallung” but if you do, please let me know so I can use it instead of calling it a stir-fry.

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Avoid reheating spinach.

Did you know, you are not supposed to reheat spinach? apparently, they release a kind of toxin.

Now I’m not sure if this is a true fact or not but I thought I should mention it here.

In case there are any leftovers and you decide to slightly reheat it like some people I know(ahem).

Can I use frozen spinach to make the stir-fry?

I’m using fresh spinach that can be found in markets and sold in a messy bunch but you can definitely use frozen spinach instead.

Since the spinach leaves were large, I had to cut them into large strips keeping in mind that they tend to reduce in quantity when they wilt for the heat.

If you are using baby spinach or smaller leaves, you don’t have to cut them to size, just add them as they are.

Can I substitute desiccated coconut for scraped coconut?

I get asked questions from readers outside of Sri Lanka about certain ingredients so I’m always trying to adapt the Sr recipes that can be made outside of the country as some of the readers of the blog mention they have a hard time finding certain ingredients like scraped coconut.

Unless you go to a specialty store that sells Srilankan ingredients, you might have a difficult time finding fresh, scraped coconut.

keeping this in mind, I made the following mallung using desiccated coconut(not the powdered variety but with dehydrated flecks, in case you are wondering) and the mallung came out just fine.

So, it’s a big YES!, you can use desiccated coconut BUT fresh, scraped coconut is always better.

Optional ingredients to spice up the dish.

Since I’m feeding a 7-year-old, I have to usually tone down the heat. for the spinach and coconut mallung I hardly used any spice but go ahead and add a teaspoon of chilli fleck, dried or green chillies when you make the mallung.

More spinach recipes.

Spinach and garlic coconut milk curry(vegan and non spicy).

Sri Lankan Dhal(red lentil)spinach curry

More mallung recipes.

Gotu kola(pennywort salad)sambol.

Parsley salad(sambol)with coconut.

RECIPE DIFFICULTY-EASY

Sri Lankan spinach and coconut stir-fry.

Ingredients

The ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.

3-5 garlic cloves cut into thin slivers

1/2 cup of freshly grated coconut or desiccated coconut

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

A bundle of spinach leaves( I used two to feed a family of five)

Chilli flecks, green chillies(optional, refer to notes above)

1 tablespoon lime juice

Salt to season

Method

If you are buying spinach from the market or the regular supermarket, thoroughly wash them under running water to remove any sand residues.

Once washed, set them aside to drain excess water. if the leaves are large, cut them into strips and set them aside.

Place a flat-bottomed skillet over low fire and add the slivers of garlic into the pan and toast them for 2 minutes.

Add the desiccated coconut to the pan and continue to cook on low fire for a further three minutes while mixing the garlic and coconut together.

Add the turmeric, salt to season, followed by the spinach leaves, increase the heat to medium and wilt the spinach for exactly a minute. once the spinach slightly wilts, immediately remove the pan from the fire.

Keep mixing all the spinach with the coconut, add the lime juice, season with salt if needed and serve with your favorite Sri Lankan dish

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Sri Lankan spinach and coconut mallung(stir-fry,no oil used).

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Spinach and coconut mallung(Sri Lankan).

A healthy recipe that fits into any diet, from gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan to even meat lovers who will want to have this dish to cool down their system and there’s no extra oil used except for the tiny bit released by the coconut. 

Ingredients

  • 3-5 garlic cloves cut into thin slivers
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated coconut or desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • A bundle of spinach leaves( I used two to feed a family of five)
  • Chilli flecks, green chillies(optional, refer to notes above)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt to season

Instructions

If you are buying spinach from the market or the regular supermarket, thoroughly wash them under running water to remove any sand residues.

Once washed, set them aside to drain excess water. if the leaves are large, cut them into strips and set them aside.

Place a flat-bottomed skillet over low fire and add the slivers of garlic into the pan and toast them for 2 minutes.

Add the desiccated coconut to the pan and continue to cook on low fire for a further three minutes while mixing the garlic and coconut together.

Add the turmeric, salt to season, followed by the spinach leaves, increase the heat to medium and wilt the spinach for exactly a minute. once the spinach slightly wilts, immediately remove the pan from the fire.

Keep mixing all the spinach with the coconut, add the lime juice, season with salt if needed and serve with your favorite Sri Lankan dish

Notes

If you are buying spinach from the market or the regular supermarket, thoroughly wash them under running water to remove any sand residues.

Once washed, set them aside to drain excess water.

if the leaves are large, cut them into strips and set them aside.

Place a flat-bottomed skillet over low fire and add the slivers of garlic into the pan and toast them for 2 minutes.

Add the desiccated coconut to the pan and continue to cook on low fire for a further three minutes while mixing the garlic and coconut together.

Add the turmeric, salt to season, followed by the spinach leaves.

Increase the heat to medium and wilt the spinach for exactly a minute. once the spinach slightly wilts, immediately remove the pan from the fire.

Keep mixing all the spinach with the coconut, add the lime juice, season with salt if needed and serve with your favorite Sri Lankan dish

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 634mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 5gSugar: 14gProtein: 10g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Hesala

Friday 23rd of October 2020

Amaizing Jehan. It's so simple but so tasty. Thank you xx

jehan

Saturday 24th of October 2020

Hi Hesala, glad you loved this quick basic spinach recipe, it's one of my favorite for the kids. regards j

Francis Jansz

Monday 23rd of March 2020

Great Recipe. Just like what my GrandMothrr made around 53 Years ago she used to add around 6 Sliced Green Chillies and 3 to 4 Red Chillies Sliced and 1 Teaspoon of Ground Maldive Fish . + 1 TSP of dried red chillies in her Malling uses 2 Bunches of Water Spinach . For a Serving of a Family of 8. Really very Palatable Healthy Receipre

jehan

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

Thank you. love the idea of adding a lot of green chillies and Maldive fish. hope you don't mind if I add it as a reader suggestions as most won't go through the comments. regards j

Mer

Saturday 4th of January 2020

This is one of the most tasty things I have ever made!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. So glad I bought that coconut scraper when I was in Sri Lanka!

jehan

Sunday 5th of January 2020

Hello Mer, Thank you for making the spinach and coconut mallung stir-fry. you can actually scrape 2-3 coconuts and freeze in portions you will use. please rate the recipe so other readers can find the recipe easily. regards J

Meenu Gupta

Sunday 4th of March 2018

Your recipes seems just mouth watering. In Awe with your cooking.

jehan

Monday 5th of March 2018

Thank you, the main ladies in my life are way better than me Meenu, me, I count myself as an apprentice to them but appreciate your lovely comment.blessings.

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