Kale poriyal | Kale stir fry | Kale keerai poriyal
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Serves: 3
To wash
  • kale - 6 stalks
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Lemon juice - 20 drops
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - ¼ tsp
  • Split urad dal - ½ tsp
  • Broken red chillies - 2 or more
Other ingredients
  • Big onion - 1
  • Garlic cloves - 2 crushed
  • Turmeric powder - ⅛ tsp
  • Water - Nearly 1 cup
  • Grated coconut - ⅓ cup tightly packed
  1. First wash Kale leaves and soak it in water mixed with turmeric and lemon juice for 5 minutes.
  2. After 5 mins, again wash the leaves well. Hand-pluck the lower leaves that are not attached to the main leaf.
  3. Cut out the main leaf from the thick central stalk.
  4. Chop the leaves finely. Repeat the same for other leaves. Throw away the stalks. Chop 1 big onion & crush 2 garlic cloves.
  5. Heat a tbsp of coconut oil. Add mustard seeds. Once spluttered, add split urad dal. Once dal starts to change color, add crushed garlic.
  6. Add 2 or more broken red chillies as per your spice level. Add chopped onions with little salt just for onions.
  7. Once onions are fried well(do not brown it), add chopped kale leaves. Fry for a minute.
  8. Add a generous pinch of turmeric powder(optional) and water(3/4 cup to 1 cup). Stir well & cook open in medium flame until cooked well. Sprinkle more water, if required. Mine took 10 mins to cook.
  9. Once cooked, add salt, keep the stove in high flame and fry until dry. Add grated coconut & fry for a minute until dry.
1.Use baby kale leaves for milder bitterness.
2.Don't add salt before kale is cooked as it will increase the bitterness.
3.Don't skip onions and coconut as they both balance the bitterness in kale.
Recipe by My Healthy Kiddo at https://www.myhealthykiddo.com/kale-poriyal-kale-stir-fry/