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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kopee Fai, Carrot and Tomato Salad

We don't normally eat salad as a main meal, its usually served as a side dish with some thing. This is one of my latest addition to our lunch table. Carrots and tomatoes are easily available . Kopee fai is a local green which is similar to  kale and also to the Chinese Kale.  Its quite easy to grow too and you will find a lot of these kopee fai plants growing on the road side in a lot of Maldivian Islands.
Recipe : Kopeefai , carrot and tomato salad.

3-4 small Kopeefai or 2 large ones
1 small carrot, coarsely ,grated
1 medium tomato, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
1 chilli , sliced
juice of 1 lime

Remove the woody stalk of the kopeefai leaf, ( use Kale if you dont have any), and roll it up and finely shred or in "chefy" terms, chiffonade it. 

In a Salad bowl or mixing bowl, add the onions, , along with  a  pinch of salt and 1/2 lime juice. With your fingers, scrunch the onions till they release their juices, this is the typical Maldivian way of making salad dressing. 

Add chillies, and the rest of the ingredients , mix carefully, taste add salt and lime juice if necessary and a bit of ground black pepper.  

Serve it as a side dish.


  1. Have never had kopeefai, but I guess I can use any greens in this salad. Simple, light and delicious!

  2. Refreshing and lovely color combination of the salad.And got to know a 'chefy term' :)

  3. I would eat this as my main dish, maybe with a grilled pc of chicken... so green and fresh the salad looks...

    1. yes it will go well with grilled chicken.

  4. I've never heard of this green, but what a refreshing salad! Sounds lovely!

  5. What a lovely, refreshing salad! Perfect on a warm day!

  6. OMG! it looks so delicious!

    But why aren't you using some tool to make recipe cards for your recipes?
    Here is a good one with nice features:

  7. I have never seen nor tasted kopeefai, but would love to...and this salad looks delicious...simple and so tasty!
    Have a wonderful rest of the week Nammi :)


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