Indonesian Style Malabar Spinach

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by Ambervim

I found this after I started growing malabar spinach I suspect it would be good with chaya (a perrenial veggie in my yard) or other leafy greens.

Top Review by Mary H.

I didn't have enough Malabar spinach, so I used Napa cabbage (sauteed in 3 batches without vegetable oil, I used rice vinegar & water) - there's plenty of sauce for a whole Napa cabbage. I gave it 5 stars because it's easy, not too many ingredients, inexpensive, easy prep, refrigerates and reheats well, and the flavor is SUPERB! It could be because I used Mexican limon fruits picked fresh from a tree, if I couldn't get them I'd use Key limes. A Vietnamese colleague recommended a few fragrant whole chilis added to the sauce - I'll try that next time. I paired this with white Jasmine rice. Lots of white made for a pale dish, had I had black sesame to sprinkle over, it would have improved the presentation. Maybe even cilantro, some fresh sliced scallion greens? Recommended.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Gently sauté the galangal, garlic, and chile in the oil for a few minutes, then stir in the greens and cook until they are wilted through.
  2. Drain off excess liquid.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium-size, heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat to a bare simmer, stirring constantly. Do not let it boil.
  4. Add the cooked greens and mix.
  5. Serve warm.

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