Curried Collard Greens with Red Lentils
- Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories: 150.6
- Total Fat: 3.1 g
- Cholesterol: 3.8 mg
- Sodium: 201.7 mg
- Total Carbs: 27.4 g
- Dietary Fiber: 6.2 g
- Protein: 4.9 g
IntroductionThis is a spicy dish that really showcases the collards and lentils. Though there is fat in the coconut milk, this dish contains no added oil. Serve over brown rice with a green side salad. In some areas, you can find bagged collard greens already washed and prepped. Be sure to give them a rinse before using. This is a spicy dish that really showcases the collards and lentils. Though there is fat in the coconut milk, this dish contains no added oil. Serve over brown rice with a green side salad. In some areas, you can find bagged collard greens already washed and prepped. Be sure to give them a rinse before using.
For the lentils:
1 C red lentils
2 C water
For the greens:
1 - 2 bunches organic collard greens (enought to yield 6 - 8 cups of prepared greens) - stems and center stems removed, leaves cut in half lengthwise, then cut into 1" ribbons (Use medium sized greens if you can find them.)
3 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2-3 Tbsp curry powder (I use Sun Brand Madras Curry Powder)
1 medium onion, diced
2 - 4 cloves garlic
1/2 C water plus 1 Tbsp for water sauteeing
1-14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes (preferably salt free)
1 - 10 oz can Thai Kitchen (or other brand) Lite Coconut Milk
1-10 oz can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
Yield: Approximately 8 1-cup servings
If you cannot find red lentils, use yellow split peas. Brown lentils are not an acceptable substitute; you will not get the creamy texture that red lentils or yellow split peas produce.
Lentils that have been in your cupboard for more than 6 months will probably require more than 2 cups of water. Add an extra 1/2 cup when you cook them. Don't worry about draining the excess water unless there's a lot of extra liquid after the lentils are fully cooked.
If the collard greens you are using are large or if you're using packaged fresh collard greens, blanch them for 3 - 4 minutes before adding them to the other ingredients. This will reduce the bitterness. Use the same technique if the collard greens have been sitting in your refrigerator for a few days.
For a richer dish, I use 365 Organic Coconut Milk instead of lite. The per serving nutrition stats will change to: Calories 211; Total fat 9.5g; saturated fat 7.6g; Sodium 198mg; other differences are negligible.
Heat a tablespoon of water in medium sized stockpot or large saucepan. Add onions and saute gently over medium heat. Add garlic when onions are soft; then add curry powder. Stir gently until spices are absorbed and fragrant.
Add tomatoes, Ro*Tel Tomatoes and Chilies, sweet potatoes, water, and the coconut milk (be sure to shake the can well before opening). Stir well.
Add collard greens. Bring mixture to a boil; then lower heat to simmer and cover pot.
After 25 minutes, add cooked lentils to collard mixture. Stir to incorporate all ingredients. Continue cooking, uncovered, on low until stock reduces. Taste; add salt if desired.
Serving suggestion: Serve over brown rice with a green salad on the side.