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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Kopee Fai Mashuni


Kopee fai is a  type of leaf that is used in Maldivian cooking, its mostly used to make salads and as a vegetable for fish sambal like this one . I  dont really know its english name , some say it tastes like kale or is a type of kale but for me the taste is more like chinese broccoli or Gai Lan , I once tried this using Gai Lan and it worked pretty well for this recipe.
The leaves are  dark green and are quite large, with a purple stem which is removed before slicing. The taste  and texture is like a cross between  a white cabbage and spinach. You find these plants growing near houses in the islands. Its a very tasty leaf and is usually eaten raw and is quite nutritious.

Recipe : Kopee Fai Mashuni ( green leaf fish sambal)

4 Kopee fai ( try substituting with Gai  Lan)
1 small onion.
2 limes halved
2  red or green chillies or  if you want a hot one use 1/4 scotch bonnet finely sliced
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 can tuna, oil or water drained and the fish flaked or 1 small fillet smoked tuna fish finely sliced
1-2 teaspoonful rihaakuru ( maldivian fish paste), optional
salt

Cut the onion in half and slice like so, this is the usual way of slicing onions when making salads , and local snacks .

Lay the kopee fai on  a chopping board, remove the stem , stack all the leaves on top of each other and roll up tightly. Finely slice , I think its called Chiffonade  right? Keep in a bowl of water .



Place the sliced onions in a bowl , add juice of 1 lime and a pinch of salt. Using your fingers, squish the onions  till they go soft. Once the onions are soft, add chillies and fish , mix well. Stir in grated coconut. Mix well . Taste adjust salt and add more lime juice to balance.  Serve with  flat bread.

If you are using Rihaakuru ( its a staple almost all Maldivian households) , add 1 teaspoon at a time, add a little water maybe about 2 tbsp and then taste and adjust salt ( or more rihaakuru) and more lime juice if necessary.

9 comments:

  1. yumm..This sounds really interesting..

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  2. Hi Nammi,

    This is totally new to me! Nice to learn something new :D

    Zoe

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  3. This is interesting, have not seen this veggie before. Thanks for sharing, I have learnt something new today!
    And your dish looks delicious!

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  4. new to me n thanx fr introducing such a healthy dish.

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  5. this is new to me..your green leaf fish sambal looks yummy

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  6. neat would love to try it and love the way you cut it

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  7. Green leaf fish sambal looks sooo tempting, am drooling here.

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