Monday, August 26, 2013

Green Cabbage Mellun Curry

 This green cabbage mellun brings back wonderful memories of my childhood.  My mother has been making this vegetarian/vegan friendly curry for a long time and it's a family favorite when we eat a rice and curry meal.  The trick to making this curry is to get the outer green layers of the cabbage.  The white cabbage will not give you the correct texture for the mellun. You will need a good knife to shred the mellun or a food processor with a shredding attachment can make quick work of it. My mother is "old-school" and she cut it all by hand.  We ate the meal with a Basic Lentils curry, meat curry (coming to the blog soon) and a simple cucumber and onion salad. It was a perfect meal shared with my family. 

1lb green cabbage leaves (do not use white cabbage leaves)
1 medium onion sliced
1-2 tsp mustard seeds
1-2 tsp cumin seeds
1 small cinnamon stick
1/2 cup dessicated coconut (unsweetened)
10-12 curry leaves
1-2 small pandan leaves
4-5 dried red chilies broken into small pieces
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
salt to taste
Cutting core out of cabbage
My mother's steady hand cutting cabbage
 Take green cabbage leaves and wash them well.  Cut out the center core/stem by taking a small knife and cut a v-shape to easily remove it.  Stack several green cabbage leaves and roll it into a cigar shape and then cut thin slices or shred in food processor.
Once all the cabbage is shredded place in a pan with 2Tbs water and some salt.  Then place a lid on pot to steam on low heat until cabbage is tender, but not over cooked.  The cabbage should still have a little bite to it.  Remember to stir cabbage so all the cabbage gets steamed evenly. Add a tablespoon of water (if needed) at a time until  cabbage is steamed.

In a separate pan heat 2 Tbs canola oil and saute the curry leaves, pandan leaves, red chili pieces, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, onion and salt for 3-4 minutes until onions become softened.

 Next add the dessicated coconut, turmeric and red chili powder to the steamed cabbage and mix well.  Finally add add the coconut/cabbage mixture to the frying onion mixture.  Toss well and mix all ingredients (tip: you can use the back of a wooden spoon to stir this easily).  Taste for salt and seasoning.  Serve with rice and curry meal.  Enjoy.

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  1. I remember a similar dish using a kind of gourd instead of green cabbage. Very tasty and delicious.

  2. Wow. I don't think I've ever seen cabbage cut that thin. Your mom's been doing it just a little while, eh? :) I'm loving this dish. I've never heard the word mellun before. What does it mean?

    1. Mellun is a style of dish in Sri Lanka that combines a vegetable with dry coconut. Yes... my mother has the patience to cut small... I am all about the food processor. :)

  3. I love this. Can you only buy the green part of the cabbage? or do you buy multiple heads and use only the green part? Just curious.

  4. Yum! I have missed reading your creations! I am slowly getting back into the swing of things and can't wait to make this.

  5. Very new and delicious looking curry dear :) first time here and happy to follow you :) Do visit my blog too :)

  6. Such a lovely side, Ramona! And your mom is BETTER than a food processor...just look at her go!!!

  7. I love this innovative and delicious curry flavour :D


  8. Seeing your post, I am itching to try this cabbage dish. It looks lovely and the flavors are amazing. thanks for sharing.

  9. This was really good. I made it for the first time and came out delicious. Instead of steaming in a pan I steamed cabbage in the microwave, and it came out well. Thanks for your recipe !

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