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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Collard Greens with Cannelloni beans


When cooked through well, collard greens lose their bitterness and somehow still manage to feel crunchy - one of the reasons it is a favorite with me to make dals/koottus or bite-sized wraps like dolmas. That, and of course, the nutritional value it has when cooked.

This is a very simple recipe with collard greens and cannelloni beans, sautéed with some ginger, garlic, onion, tomatoes and flavored mildly with ground cumin and coriander.

1 medium onion, sliced thinly
1 medium tomato diced -or- ½ cup canned tomatoes
4-6 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger root
1 Tbsp ground coriander
½ Tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric powder (optional)
½ Tbsp brown sugar
salt to taste
1 Tbsp canola oil
water or vegetable stock as needed

4-6 cups chopped collard greens
1 cup cooked (or canned) Cannelloni beans

  1. Heat the oil in a pot, sauté the onions, ginger, garlic, turmeric, cumin and coriander; then add the tomatoes and sauté a bit more
  2. Add the chopped collard greens, 4 cups of water or stock, cover and simmer, checking often to make sure there is adequate water (I like this dish fairly dry to eat as a side, but, if having it with rice as a meal, it can have more liquid)
  3. When collard green is almost done, add the cannelloni beans, cover and simmer till done; adjust salt to taste
  4. I like to add a bit brown sugar to bring out the flavors in the end

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  • At 9:01 PM, Blogger i can cook? said…

    looks sooo good. doubt i can do it.. wait til i try and gain my cooking confidence then i would try ur recipe :)

  • At 1:59 AM, Blogger Akal's Saappadu said…

    a simple recipe but looks appealing and remarkably photographed!
    the final touch with a pinch of sugar is something to be noted down!

  • At 4:35 AM, Blogger sampada said…

    sounds good..this recipe is new to me..i love the looks wonderful. I have bookmarked it. At all times i have a rough time difficulty in finding ingredients. yet i found a great resource for ingredients and food products from around the world.


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