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Indian-Spiced Kale & Chickpeas

October/November 2005, EatingWell Serves Two

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Chickpeas make this exotic dish a terrific player in any vegetarian menu.



READER'S COMMENT:
"I measured out the spices in the recipe as per my taste and served it with a Potato Curry with Peas for a more complete vegetarian meal. I really enjoyed it and will make it again - perhaps serve it with a rice pilaf next time. "
Indian-Spiced Kale & Chickpeas Recipe

Makes: 4 servings, about 3/4 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1 1/2 pounds kale, ribs removed, coarsely chopped (see Tip)
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala, (see Ingredient note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add kale and cook, tossing with two large spoons, until bright green, about 1 minute. Add broth, coriander, cumin, garam masala and salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale is tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in chickpeas; cover and cook until the chickpeas are heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: A 1- to 1 1/2-pound bunch of kale yields 16 to 24 cups of chopped leaves. When preparing kale for these recipes, remove the tough ribs, chop or tear the kale as directed, then wash it--allowing some water to cling to the leaves. The moisture helps steam the kale during the first stages of cooking.
  • Ingredient Note: Garam masala, a ground spice mixture traditionally including coriander, cumin, cinnamon, peppercorns, cardamom and cloves, is commonly used in Indian cooking. Find it in the specialty-spice section of large supermarkets.

Nutrition

Per serving: 202 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 1 mg cholesterol; 32 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 9 g protein; 6 g fiber; 415 mg sodium; 499 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1.5 vegetable, 1 very lean meat, 1 fat


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Recipe Categories

Servings
4
Main Ingredient
Beans/Legumes
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Meal/Course
Dinner

Ethnic/Regional
Asian
Indian
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
30 minutes or less

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