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Pea Tendrils with Coconut Recipe

Pea Tendrils with Coconut
Makes: 4 servings

This is a mallum (sometimes transcribed mallung), a traditional dish from Sri Lanka that is often made with wild greens. The variety of greens used to make mallums in Sri Lanka is staggering, a testimony to the tropical lushness of the island.

This recipe, using fresh pea tendrils, or pea shoots, is a favorite. Notice that everything is simply put into a pot and cooked together. There’s no oil for frying, no water for boiling other than the water clinging to the washed greens.
Just follow the recipe and see what happens.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 pound pea tendrils (about 8 cups chopped, loosely packed)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen grated coconut
  • 2 green cayenne chiles, finely chopped
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Wash the pea tendrils and drain. Gather them into a tight bundle and finely slice crosswise.
  2. Combine with all the other ingredients in a medium heavy pot and mix well.
  3. Place over high heat and cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute. Then cover tightly and cook for about 3 minutes, until the pea tendrils have wilted and the shallots are tender. Serve on a flat plate.

Note: This makes an easy and welcome green vegetable side with a meal of roast or grilled chicken, curry, and rice.

This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.