Do you love Sri Lankan recipes? Want a Sri Lankan recipe for kale? Had enough of steaming kale, adding it to smoothies, soups and sauces? Want a kale recipe that is easy to make and is delicious? Then try this recipe for Sri Lankan recipe for kale mallung or stir-fried kale and coconut.
What I love about this recipe is that it’s super healthy. Kale is a fantastic leafy green vegetable, low in calories, high in fibre, iron, vitamin K, A and C, and calcium.
Why do some vegetable Sri Lankan recipes have fish?
Many Sri Lankan recipes for vegetable side dishes will have Maldive fish. So this recipe isn’t strictly vegetarian or vegan.
Maldive fish is a typical Sri Lankan ingredient, essentially dried tuna, and gives dishes that umami flavour. You can find Maldive fish in Indian grocery stores or order online.
If you want a fully vegetarian or vegan option then simply leave out the Maldive fish. I love to team with recipe up with a simple dhal and rice – the perfect Sri Lankan meal.
How to use Maldive fish in your Sri Lankan recipes
Maldive fish is used as a flavour enhancer or a thickening agent in many Sri Lankan recipes. It has a similar flavour profile to dried shrimps. I tend to use it when I temper my spices to extract the flavour. Whole spices fried in oil to pull out the flavours, after this I fry the garlic, ginger and onions.
How to eat your kale mallung
I love to eat my stir friend kale and coconut alongside a simple dhal with rice. Don’t limit yourself to kale, you make a mallung with most leafy green vegetables, see my recipe for cabbage mallung.