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 spinach 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.