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Kale Mallum- A Dish from Sri Lanka

By August 10, 2012September 23rd, 2015Recipes

Kale Mallum- A Dish from Sri Lanka

Kale pic

I was introduced to this dish from a Naturopathic Colleague of mine who had just returned from eating, in his words, “The best kale dish of my life, it was like a coconut dream.” That certainly peaked my attention and got me digging around in my fridge eager to try a new variation on kale.

Kale, the beloved super green that has amazing anti-oxidant potential and has been shown to protect against five different types of cancers in multiple studies.  High in beta-carotene, vitamin K and C, lutein, antioxidants and rich in calcium. The best part is this dish is so simple with 5 ingredients and uses no oil. It is ready to go in 10 minutes.

1 bunch of kale – washed and large stems trimmed, then chopped very small with a knife or put into a food processor.

½ yellow onion – diced

2 cloves garlic – chopped

1 tsp. turmeric – dried (optional)

¼ Cup Coconut, unsweetened

Sea Salt to taste


Directions: This is a dry dish so try not to add too much liquid, you can always add more if needed.

In a sauce-pan on medium heat add unsweetened coconut and toast until light brown about 5-7 minutes.

Pour coconut into bowl and set aside.

Add onion and garlic to pre-heated sauce-pan and 2 tablespoons of water, sauté for 2-3 minutes, and stir in turmeric.

Add chopped kale to sauce pan with 2 more tablespoons of water and cover, steam for 3 minutes until kale is bright green.

Remove lid and stir in toasted coconut, add sea salt to taste.


Note from Dr. P:

This yummy kale dish can be paired with meat, beans, tofu, rice or quinoa, for a delicious meal. This dish is good on taste and extremely high in nutrition. You will be able to eat a lot of kale without realizing that it’s almost gone. Hooray for Kale Mallum!

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.

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