Gomen (Ethiopian-Style Collard Greens)


These collards can be served as a vegan main dish or as a hearty side. If possible, serve with injera, the traditional crepe-like bread common in Ethiopia (see Associated Recipe).

Prep Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr
6 servings, 2/3 cup each


  • 2 bunches collard greens (1 1/2-1 3/4 pounds), stemmed and finely chopped

  • 1 cup minced red onion

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic

  • 1 medium tomato, very finely chopped (almost pureed)

  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon tikur azmud (see Tip), ground, or 1 teaspoon each ground cardamom and cumin

  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add chopped collards and cook until soft, about 15 minutes. Drain well in a colander.

  2. Add onion and 2 tablespoons water to the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the onion is translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add oil and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomato and jalapeño; cook, stirring a few times, for 5 minutes. Add collards and stir, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, for 10 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in tikur azmud (or cardamom and cumin), cover and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in salt.


Tikur azmud, aka black cumin seeds, are often used to flavor breads and clarified butter in Ethiopia.

Associated Recipe

Injera (Ethiopian Flatbread)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
10g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 2/3 cup
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 3442IU 69%
Vitamin C 31mg 35%
Folate 92mcg 23%
Sodium 289mg 13%
Calcium 168mg 13%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 24mg 6%
Potassium 247mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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