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November 22, 2015 / Aware of the Void

I Sprung a Leek Mallung

A favourite dish made here on Cook Island is the Sri Lankan Mallung (Mallum). You can pretty much make it with any leafy green veg but I really like it made with leeks. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and cook and I like to serve it as a side dish for dhal or other curries.


  • 3 x tender Leeks
  • 1 x Medium Onions
  • 1 x Cup of dried coconut 
  • 1 x teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 1 x lime


Heat oil in the pan and add the mustard seeds, when they start to pop add the onions and fry. While they are frying chop the greens into small size bits.


Add the leeks to the onions and lightly fry. I like the greens just barely cooked so I don’t fry them for too long.

I soak the coconut for a few minutes and then squeeze a lot of the water out again. If you have easy access to fresh coconut this is even better but it’s not always in my house. Add the coconut to the leeks and onions and fry the whole mixture.


When cooked squeeze the lime over the whole mixture, I also sometimes add a little turmeric when I’m in the mood.

 It’s a wonderful dish and packed with great tastes.

Please let me know if you try this. I make similar dishes with green cabbage, kale and for Christmas I’m playing on trying it with brussel sprouts.



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  1. riddles83 / Nov 23 2015 1:17 am

    Haha I see you’ve cut out the rice entirely 😀

  2. riddles83 / Nov 23 2015 1:19 am

    And omg Brussel sprout mallung!!! That’s a great idea

  3. Nirodaigh / Nov 27 2015 8:49 am

    Looks nice! I have recently stopped eating red meat, and always interested in new, veggie based dishes, will give this a go soon. Thx.

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