Cabbage Leaves Salad (Gova Kola Malluma)

Cabbage Leaves Salad (Gova Kola Malluma)


In Sri Lanka you can find two or three varieties of cabbage the whole year. I already did a few different dishes in my blog, this is the one of my Mum’s favourites. She used to mix chopped cabbage ribs (from the centre of the leaf) together with the finely shredded leaves. In most of the Sri Lankan gardens you can easily find green cabbage leaves growing in flower pots. Apart from its wonderful taste, the good thing about this dish is it is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is also a good source of thiamin and many other nutrients.

250g green cabbage (wash and shred the leaves finely)
I onion (finely shredded)
2 garlic cloves (crushed and chopped)
2 green chilli (finely chopped)
1/2 freshly grated coconut
1/2 lemon or lime juice
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/2 crushed dry chilli
Salt and black pepper



Mix the coconut with all the ingredients except the cabbage and lime. Heat the nonstick pan, add the mixture and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. Then add the cabbage, mix with the edge of a wooden spoon. Immediately remove from the heat and add the lemon juice, check the seasoning. For best results prepare this dish at the very last moment when you are ready to eat.

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