Happy Accidents – Braised Kale with Coconut

I am not sure about the rest of you, but man….I hate Sunday nights. Monday morning and the school-lunches/can’t find my keys/stockings have a run in them/Mom-I-forgot-to-tell-you-but-I-need-ten-dollars-in-small-change is undeniably imminent.

In an effort to combat the Sunday night blues, I like to end the weekend with a meal that allows for some quality time in the kitchen – something that takes a bit of effort but pays big dividends. This week’s cooler weather had me in the mood for a hearty curry so out came my copy of Vij’s cookbook. I have made his recipe for “Family Chicken Curry” so many times that the book now obediently opens to that page by itself.

Suffice it to say that the curry was lovely, as was the cauliflower rice pilaff that I made to go with it. A totally unexpected surprise, however, was the kale. Now, this is where I should be telling you a cautionary tale about reading through the entire recipe before you make it. Had I read through the instructions, I would have realized that a) the spices and kale needed to be steeped in the coconut for 4 hours and b) that I was to grill the kale on a BBQ. Neither were going to happen at 6:00pm on a very chilly/windy Sunday night. This time my terrible habit of rushing headlong into things paid off as I improvised a bit with delicious results.

Coconut Braised Kale

Braised Kale with Coconut
based loosely on Grilled Coconut Kale by Vij

  • 2 bunches of kale, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • juice of half a lemon

1) Heat olive oil in large sauté pan. Add onion and cook over medium-high heat for about 7 or 8 minutes. The onions should start to soften by now. Do be careful not to let them brown – totally different flavour than what you’re going for here.

2) Add ginger and sauté for another couple of minutes.

3) Toss in the kale and give it a good stir around the pan, trying to get a little of the oil on most of the leaves.

4) When the kale starts to wilt, sprinkle with the cayenne and salt. Add the coconut milk, cover, and turn down the heat a notch or two.

5) Allow the kale to braise for a good ten minutes or so, taking off the lid and giving it a good stir every once and a while. The coconut milk should thicken into a beautiful, creamy sauce.

6) Remove from heat, sprinkle with the lemon juice and serve immediately (so much better hot).

Enjoy!

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