Thursday, September 11, 2008

Easy Tofu Saag

Your kids probably aren't going to sing your praises when they see this on their plate, but it really is tasty and a great way for them to get kale into their diet. This is also a relatively quick and easy recipe with few steps and easily available ingredients.

- 1 bunch kale
- 1 onion, cut into chunks
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 chunk ginger, chopped
- 3/4 to 1 cup water
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp mild curry paste (or powder), or to taste
- 1 tsp chili powder
- salt to taste
- 1 pkg extra firm tofu, diced
- 3 tbsp soy yogurt (optional)

1. Remove the tough stalks from the kale, and cook for 10 mins with a splash of water over medium heat in a large pot with the lid on. Kale should cook down and be tender, but still be a nice bright green.
2. Put kale, onion, garlic, and ginger in a food processor. Add water and blend until smooth. Add more water if too thick.
3. Put kale mixture in a large pot and bring to bubbling over medium heat, stirring regularly. Cook for a few mins. Add tomatoes (juice and all) and spices. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add tofu and cook, uncovered, for 15 mins, reducing heat if it begins to stick. Stir regularly and let thicken. Stir in yogurt, if using, and serve over rice.


chrispy_toast said...

Wow this recipe sounds so simple! Most saag recipes are full of cheese but yogurt (or maybe processed tofu?) sounds like a good substitute :)

shelby said...

Kale is my favorite =)

VeganLinda said...

My kids LOVE saag, I will have to try this recipe out.

BTW, stop by for an award when you have time...

Mark said...

Very very clever! I thought I'd tried just about all ways to cook kale and never thought of this... I've two plots of kale ready to start harvesting in a few weeks and this'll be great.

I'm thinking you could also do the same thing with any type of chard.

But, replacing the customary spinach and/or mustard greens with kale is "way kewl."

Thanks much for the posting! Mark

Bianca said...

I would have eaten that when I was a kid...and I'd eat it now. Like right now....please.

Erin said...

Oh goodness, this looks like a perfect meal. And it made me realize it's been much too long since I had kale!

in2insight said...

This is super easy, and oh so good.
First time made it with Spinach, and tonight with Kale.

Anonymous said...

There's a place near me that sells homecooked Indian meals. I've been buying their sag paneer (I'm vegetarian not vegan) at six pounds a portion when I want a treat.

This is better.

Thank you for saving my budget!