Sri Lankan Mallung

A traditional Sri Lankan dish called ‘mallung’ or ‘mallum’ is a mixture of greens and coconut cooked in a dry skillet. A great thing about mallung is that the greens are cooked without any oil, so the only fat comes from the coconut. Typical greens used in a mallung are silverbeet, kale, ranawara, kathurumurunga, gotu kola, amongst many others.


  • 1 bunch finely sliced/chopped silverbeet – with the stalks removed
  • 1/2 cup – grated coconut (desiccated coconut will also do)
  • 1 medium size onion – sliced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 green chilli – sliced
  • 1/4 cup – water
  • salt & lime to taste


Add all ingredients into a saucepan, except the coconut and lime juice, and cook for 10 minutes. Add water in intervals whilst cooking so there’s sufficient moisture. Stir occasionally and once the leaf has cooked and the excess water evaporated, add the coconut.  After  the coconut cooks add the lime and remove from fire.