Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Indian Kale and Split Peas

This is my final installment of new Indian dishes. For whatever reason, my kids ate this up with no complaints despite the obvious presence of leafy greens. I have found that I have to remove the tough stems from kale because my youngest often chokes and gags as he tries to chew and swallow them. It makes for a rather unpleasant meal. While I usually like my greens lightly cooked and still bright green, cooking the greens together with the split peas and spices for an hour makes for a wonderful flavour and soft texture. I made the dish fairly dry, but you could add more water and some tomato paste at the end to make a sauce so the dish coul dbe served over rice.

INGREDIENTS
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 onions, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 cup yellow split peas, rinsed
- 1 cup water (more if needed)
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 tsp tumeric
- salt to taste
- 1 bunch kale, rinsed and chopped (stems removed, optional)

METHOD
1. Heat margarine in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic for 5-7 mins, until soft and translucent. Add garam masala and chili powder and fry for 1 min.
2. Add split peas, water, tomato, tumeric, and salt and bring to bubbling. Let bubble for 5 mins, then add kale. Stir until wilted, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 60-75 minutes, until split peas are cooked. Check periodically to stir, adding more water if too dry.

11 comments:

DJ said...

This looks absolutely fabulous - a perfect warming dish for the cold weather we've been having!

Jocelyn said...

YUM! I've been trying to find more ways to get Kale into my diet, and this looks like a rather inexpensive meal too. I cook for just myself, so, would you suggest using 1/4th of the ingredients for just me?

Bring on Leafy Green meals!

Angela said...

This looks absolutely delicious and I have all the ingredients. I know what I'm making for dinner tonight, thanks!

Bianca said...

As a Southerner, I'm a big fan of cooking greens for at least an hour. I'd like this!

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Carlota said...

That looks amazingly delicious! Congratulations Vegan Dad, your blog is awesome! I`ll try this next week..we have a lot of kale here in Brazil and I always buy to feed my bunny and to my green juice.

Meghan said...

I am never really sure what recipes mean when they call for a "bunch" of greens...

Jim said...

This was very easy, very tasty, and very healthy! Thank you, once again.

Vegan Dad said...

Meghan,
At my grocery store they sell kale in a bunch. I then use it.

Babette said...

This looks amazing. I love Indian food and kale is one of my favorite vegetables.

Jenny Robertson said...

Hi there,
I just found your blog, and want to share my favorite way to eat kale. It's a spread, like hummus.

- 1 bunch kale, raw
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (or peanuts)
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- salt
- (optional) something to make it spicy, anything from green onion to green chili

Put it all in the food processor, and whir it until it's smooth. It's delicious! I eat it on toast for breakfast. Kale for breakfast!

With lactino/dino kale, I don't even bother removing the thick part of the stem. Other types of kale I do, though. Fast and good.