June 3, 2012

Wilted Broccoli Rabé w Kale

So after a few days of eating comfort foods like daal-chawal and peas pulao and other tried and tested and true recipes, I tried something new today. New Veggie #31 is Rapini (or  Broccoli Rabé).  I mixed it up with some kale (New Veggie #23) and made wilted greens this evening. The result was quite outstanding, if I may say so myself. 

Prep Time: 15-20 min

  1. One bunch Rapini
  2. One bunch Kale
  3. 4 cloves of Garlic, diced
  4. 1 tsp turmeric
  5. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  6. 1/4 cup Vegetable broth
  7. 1-2 tsp Tamicon, to taste
  8. 5-6 leaves of fresh Basil
  9. Salt, and pepper to taste.
Directions: Tear large leaves of rapini and kale into smaller pieces. Cut off heads of rapini buds and add to the mix as well. As you get closer to the center of the flowering kale, the leaves and stems get softer and I just kept those whole. Transfer all the greens to a large bowl of water and rinse well and drain. 

Line a skillet with vegetable broth and on medium heat, add garlic, tamicon, turmeric and mustard seeds. Tamicon is basically concentrated tamarind paste, which can be made at home by soaking tamarind pods in water and then squeezing out the pulp and separating it from the seeds and other non-edible parts. Tamarind paste adds a sweet tangy flavor to the dish. If you don't have tamarind on hand, you can use lemon/lime juice as well. Once the broth comes to a boil, and the garlic becomes fragrant, add the greens, cover and reduce heat. Cook until greens are wilted. I like my kale nicely wilted but if you're into eating it raw, make the spice mix in the least amount of vegetable broth and then simply toss the raw kale with the spices. Add chopped basil leaves as a fresh garnish. I love the minty flavor of basil. I served mine with a baked sweet potato and pearl cous-cous. 

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