Sri Lankan Amaranth Mallung

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Sri Lankan Amaranth Mallung

Introducing Amaranth Mallung: a healthy, versatile spinach dish that complements any dietary preference. Known as nivithi in Sinhalese, this Sri Lankan leafy stir fry is a delightful addition to your rice and curry menu. Suitable for gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and even meat lovers, this dish offers a cooling effect to your system without requiring any extra oil, thanks to the natural release from the coconut.

A staple in Sri Lankan cuisine, the raw leafy salad, or “mallung,” is a nutrient-dense bowl that harmoniously balances flavours in your meal.

In Sri Lankan cuisine, not all dishes are overly spicy, but there’s always at least one dish with a kick. The Amaranth Mallung serves as a perfect accompaniment, allowing everyone to customise their desired level of spiciness. Experience this unique, almost raw spinach and coconut dish that will redefine how you enjoy leafy greens.

  • Author: Lisa McLean
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


  • A bundle of amaranth, spinach, or other green leafy vegetables
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated coconut or desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp dried Maldive fish
  • 2 each red and green chillies, finely sliced and deseeded (if desired)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to season


  1. Thoroughly wash the leaves under running water to remove any sand residues. Drain excess water or spin in a salad spinner.
  2. Slice the leaves into thin strips.
  3. In a bowl, mix the leaves with turmeric, Maldive fish, salt, chilli and lime juice.
  4. Place a flat-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add the prepared ingredients and gently stir fry for a few minutes.
  5. Stir in the coconut, adjust the seasoning (chilli, salt, and lime), and remove from heat before the leaves are overcooked – they should be wilted and slightly dried.
  6. Garnish with finely sliced hot chillies for extra heat (optional).



Nutritional Benefits of Amaranth

Amaranth leaves offer a range of health benefits that make them a fantastic addition to your diet. These nutrient-dense greens contain tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E that may reduce cholesterol and heart disease risk, while also exhibiting anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. They are a rich source of potassium, which promotes brain function and reduces the risk of stroke. Amaranth leaves also contain magnesium, known to boost energy, relieve muscle aches, and protect against hypertension and osteoporosis.

These leafy greens are high in dietary fiber, aiding digestion and reducing constipation, while providing a valuable plant-based source of iron to prevent anemia. Amaranth leaves can be enjoyed fermented, which adds probiotics and improves their digestibility, making them a versatile option to include in salads, stir-fries, soups, and curries.

Keywords: Amaranth mallung, vegetarian

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