Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sri Lankan Kale Mellun - Vegan

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Welcome to Day 4 of Kale week.  Now this Kale dish is truly a powerhouse. In Sri Lanka we eat is as one of many dishes served in a rice and curry meal.  It goes wonderfully with lentil dishes, meat dishes and other veggie dishes.

My family (including my kids) loves this dish.  My kids call  it "dinosaur" leaves because anything a dinosaur ate must be cool in their minds.   The funny thing is there really is a Kale variety called Dinosaur Kale.  So, maybe they aren't so far off in their thinking. :)
 


Ingredients:
1lb Shredded kale
2 Tbs finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp turmeric
2-3 Tbs dessicated (unsweetened) coconut
salt to taste
water (as needed to steam)


Directions:
TIP:  Kale freezing beautifully.  You can prep this the kale by washing, drying and shredding it.  Then pop the portions you desire into freezer safe bags.  When needed, defrost or thaw a bag and cook with the coconut and other ingredients.





To start, wash the kale leaves with cold water.  Trim off the woody stems because they will be too tough for the dish.  The inner stems are fine.

Allow leaves to sin in colander to remove excess water.



The time consuming part of this dish is the cutting process.  Well, if you have a food processor it will be quick and easy.  I just gave my whole kale leaves a chop or two and put them into the food processor.  I pulsed it until the kale was a fine shred.

Tip:  Do your kale in batches and do not over-crowd the food processor.



In a large pan add some diced onion on medium heat.
Then add your shredded kale to the pan.




Add turmeric (another nutrient powerhouse), dessicated coconut and salt to taste.

Do not use the sweetened coconut for baking and desserts.  Dessicated coconut is available at Asian grocery stores.


Mix all the ingredients together and cook on medium heat.  Sprinkle a tsp of water to start the steaming process.  If you feel like you need more water, add a teaspoon at a time.  This is a dry dish, so you don't want any excess liquid.  You want just enough water to steam the dish until the kale is cooked through and the onions are tender.  It took about 15 minutes.  Stir frequently and make sure you don't burn the kale.

This will serve 6-8 people as part of a meal.  This is not a dish you will eat on it's own.  You definitely want to pair Kale Mellun with rice, lentils and other vegetable or meat curries.  Enjoy the dish and enjoy the health benefits.





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24 comments:

  1. nice to meet blogger from Sri Lanka, luv ur kale mallum recipe. luv the idea of using food processor for dicing the leaves. check out my blog too.

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  2. Thanks for dropping by Ami. Love your blog. I'm following it now.

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  3. i love kale! i only recently discovered with enough chickpeas and cumin it is almost a full meal. that looks like an easy delicious side and i def appreciate that it doesnt have cilantro!

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  4. I really enjoy both of your blogs. Great Mellun! I really rely on your blogs to cook food often!

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  5. Hi I would love to know where you can buy Kale in Sri Lanka as I just have never come across it. Any advice would be really helpful!

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    1. Hi, I just asked my mother about Kale in Sri Lanka and she advised that it is not available there. You can substitute any dark green leafy vegetable that is available and used this mellun method.

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  6. Me too, I would love to know where we can buy Kale in Sri Lanka - have not come across it :) Pls advice and may I knw the sinhala or tamil name of it so I can ask the men at the market - Thanks :)

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    1. Hi, I just asked my mother about Kale in Sri Lanka and she advised that it is not available there. You can substitute any dark green leafy vegetable that is available and used this mellun method.

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  7. plz .give me diet plan sinhala list

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  8. Do you have to add lime juice for kale, won't it change color?

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    1. I have never added lime juice. The kale remains the bright green color because it is not steam too long.

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  9. Looks so good and healthy side dish, perfect to served with rice!

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  10. I've never heard of this preparation for kale before, but it sounds pretty delicious. Great job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  11. A great addition to any massive dinner party :D
    It looks delicious!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  12. Teehee dinosaur food is adorable. I call salad dinosaur leaves, though I like that dinosaurs only eat "cool" things. ;) This looks delicious, Ramona! :D

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  13. This is seriously gorgeous. I've never tried this before. I need to give it a whirl.

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  14. Mmmm....what green would you use in Sri Lankan in lieu of kale??

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    1. Adam, we use a lot of various greens like Gotukola, beetroot greens, kang kung, You can also try turnip, mustard, swiss chard. There are many greens that can be used in this method.

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  15. Hi, What kind of food processor you have used to shred the kale?
    Will it work with any kind?Thanks in Advance.

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    1. I have an old black and decker food processor, but you can use any brand for this job. Just make sure it's a large size so you can fit the kale in small batches to shred. If you put too much in the processor, it will not shred it all, so 3-4 large leaves at a time. Enjoy. :)

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  16. This came out really well. Did not know the food processor could do the trick

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    1. Glad you tried the recipe and enjoyed the ease of using a food processor. That's the only way I can cut the kale that small! :)

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