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Sri Lankan vegetable curry recipe cabbage mallung

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  • Author: Tooting Mama
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 as a side dish 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Cuisine: Sri Lankan


This Sri Lankan vegetable curry recipe is really easy to make. Cabbage mallung is a recipe for stir fried cabbage that really transforms the humble cabbage. I serve this as a side dish to accompany rice and curries. This recipe works well with lamb. 


  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped or one dried crushed red chilli
  • 1 tbsp Maldive fish (optional)
  • A generous helping of curry leaves (around 10 -12)
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 400g cabbage finely sliced
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • Juice of a fresh lime


  1. Heat the oil in a solid-based frying pan.
  2. Add the whole spices, the Maldive fish, curry leaves and chill, heat until the spices start to crackle.
  3. Add the onion and turmeric and cook until they are soft and transparent. Stir so the turmeric evenly coats the onion.
  4. Now add the cabbage. Cook the cabbage until it’s soft. Keep stirring and tossing for the spices and onion to be fully incorporated into the cabbage.
  5. Finally, add the coconut and chilli. Again stir through, and cook until the coconut just starts to turn golden.
  6. Finish off with a squeeze of lime and serve with rice and any curry of your choice.