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

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.


  1. yumm..This sounds really interesting..

  2. Hi Nammi,

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


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

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

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

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

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


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