Monday, March 4, 2013

Parsley Sambol (Salad)

Parsley is not just a garnish, in this sambol it is the star ingredient. This sambol is so fresh and bright that I could eat it plain.  I did enjoy with rice, lentils and a few other curries. I think this salad would be even amazing mixed with some canned tuna fish as a very fresh tuna salad.

In Sri Lanka we have a green called Gotu Kola that is prepared the same way as the parsley sambol.  Here in the States, this green is not available so parsley is a great substitute. 

1 large bunch of parsley (flat or curly) finely shredded
1 cup finely diced tomatoes ( I like Roma tomatoes for this)
1 small red onion
1-2 green chilies finely sliced (seeded for less heat)
1/3 cup dessicated coconut
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
small pinch of sugar (optional)
juice of 1 lemon (or to taste)

Note: I did not finely shred my parsley as I usually do for the sake of getting the parsley represented in the photographs.  I suggest you shred the parsley more than represented in my pictures.

Prepare all ingredients and mix together.  Make sure you remove any thick stems from the parsley and seed the tomato before chopping. Mix well and serve as a side dish with rice and curry meal.  Enjoy.


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  1. looks delicious! I love parsley but I have never seen this dish before, once summer rolls along I will have to try this :)

  2. I love making a parsley salad, especially for fish dishes. It's such a light and fresh tasting salad which pairs great with a delicate filet. Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. I think parsley doesn't get as much love as it deserves. This salad looks so Spring-y and fresh! Gorgeous!

  4. Looks beautiful Ramona! I like your idea of using it with tuna for a healthy tuna salad!

  5. wow, this looks mouth watering. Come and participate in the event- Cook mela/carnival food.

  6. I'm not a big salad person BUT I'm so intrigued by parsley's star role in this! I never thought it could be used like that - Ramona you have my attention :D Perhaps next time I venture into salad territory I'll whip this one up heehee.


  7. slurp, drooling here rite now, very tempting dish.

  8. I have not heard of this, but I love parsley! This looks so light and flavorful!

  9. This looks like such a tempting dish :)

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  10. I have heard of Gotu Kola before but didn´t know it was a green eaten in salads in other parts of the world. I love parsley in salads. It truly adds freshness. This is a wonderful recipe. Very healthy. Thanks for sharing. I´m your newest follower. Nice to meet you.

  11. What an interesting list of ingredients. Your salad looks refreshing, and Gotu Kola sounds very familiar.

  12. This reminds me a little bit of Tabbouleh which also used a ton of parsley, but I believe it has bulghur as kind of a bulk ingredient. That would definitely make the texture different. Your sambol appears lighter, fresher and with the coconut (YUM!) - a totally different flavor! It's a keeper.

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  14. Hi. This salad is awesome. We make it quite often. My preference is to throw in a few flakes of dried Maldive fish [umelekade sp?]. I was wondering if you know of a good recipe for canthe. I'm not sure of the spelling, but it is a drink/soup made with Gotu Kola or Parsley and rice + other ingredients. It is a common beverage to drink/eat when a bit under the weather. Cheers, Ravi.

    1. Hi Ravi,

      Sorry for the delay in answering your question... I have been sick with the flu and may need to make this porridge you are asking about for myself. Unfortunately, I do not have this particular recipe on my blog, but a friend of mine runs another website and they do have the recipe you are looking for: Hope it helps. Thanks for visiting Kitchen Simmer. ~ Ramona :)


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