May 2, 2013

Kale Greens Curry/Kale Poriyal

I have tried many of the Greens available to can include them in our diet as much as possible. As we don't get many of them except Methi leaves or spinach from the Indian Stores, I prefer the ones from American Grocery stores.

 It just needs a bit of experimenting once or twice to get the right taste. Each variety has its own texture and is different from the one available in India. So I love experimenting and my hubby is always good to try new varieties. So its advantageous. Here is the recipe for Kale Greens.

Ingredients :

Kale Greens - 1 bunch
Chana dal - 2tbsp
Onion - 1
Grated Coconut - 2 tsp
Green Chillies - 1
Chopped Ginger - 1tsp
Salt - as per tatse.

  1. Separate the leaves from thick stalk of the Kale and discard the stalk.
  2. Wash them thoroughly and chop them roughly.
  3. Add chana dal to the bottom of the pressure cooker and then add the chopped Kale leaves.Cook them for 4 to 5 whistles till they are soft.
  4. Grind coconut,green chillies and ginger to a coarse powder.
  5. Meanwhile Saute onions in a pan.
  6. Add the cooked kale and chana dal mixture , ground coconut powder along with salt. Fry them just for a couple of minutes and serve as side dish for Sambar or rasam.

My Notes :

  1. Always clean the greens two to three times to ensure they do not have any dirt stuck to them.
  2. It takes little longer to get soft. So better give 4 to 5 whistles in the cooker.
  3. We can skip Onions as we already have Chana dal for teh crunchier taste.