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Collard Greens with Tofu

Friday, January 22, 2010

 Collard Greens has occupied an important place in my kitchen, since i get to know about the nutrients n the health benefits.  Previously, i used to make salads with this. At first, i made collard greens dal n it was a big hit. It was so delicious..Though collard greens are cousins of mustard leaves, they do have their own distinct flavor. These greens stand out as a nutritional superstar. Really, it contains lots of nutrients that we require in our daily life such as vitamin A, K, C n omega-3 fatty acids and many more...

And, the other main ingredient in our today' s dish--TOFU- made from soy milk.  Tofu is a very good source of protein, specifically soy protein, as well as numerous other nutrients necessary for good health.
Combination of these both nutritious ingredients gives us a very healthy dish..

So lets come to the preapration part of this healthy dish..
Collard Greens: 1 packet( frozen)
Tofu: 1 packet, Extra firm
Onion: 1 small, finely chopped
Tomato: 2 small, finely chopped
Green Chili: 3-4, halved
Oil: 1tbsp
Butter: 1tbsp
Ginger Garlic Paste: 2 tsp
Coriander powder: 1tsp
Cumin Powder: 1tsp
Garam Masala:1tsp
Chili Powder: 1tsp
Salt: To Taste

1) In a microwave bowl, add frozen collard greens and 1 tbsp water. Cook for 5 mins on high. Wait for 2 mins n cook again for 10 mins on 50% power.
2) In a pan, add 1 tsp oil n heat. Add chill's n fry for 1min. Stir in boiled collard greens n fry for 10 mins on medium heat, uncovered.
3) Grind collard greens to a smooth paste n keep aside.
4) In same pan heat 1tbsp oil. Add onion n fry for 5-6 mins or until onions are translucent. 

5) Add ginger garlic paste n turmeric. Fry for 2 mins
6) Stir in chopped tomato n fry for 3-4 mins or until tomato got mashed up.
7) Now add pureed collard greens. 
8) Add 1 tbsp water. Cover n cook for 15 mins on medium to low heat.
9) Stir in all the powders, salt n garam masala. 
10) Add tofu. Cover n cook for 5 mins.
11) Adjust spices n switch off.

Enjoy this healthy n tasty collard greens tofu dish with Chapathi or Rice..

Tip: Be careful when adding water to collard greens paste. I tried this dish before adding 1 cup of water n i ended cooking it for an hour, to remove water.
As collard greens has high water content, it leaves all the water, while u r cooking.


Siddhi S January 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

hey silpa very nice n healthy dish...nice combo of tofu with collard greens...


Rachana Kothari January 22, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

The Curry looks healthy and tempting:)

SE January 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

this looks really healthy...tofu being the substitute for paneer..

Sarah Naveen January 22, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

Yummy and healthy..Looks super yummy!!!

Silpa January 22, 2010 at 2:53 PM  

Thank you so much sidhhi, rachana, se, sarah

Mahimaa's kitchen January 22, 2010 at 3:46 PM  

that's a healthy dish... looks yummy!

Priya January 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM  

Such a healthy dish..looks fantastic Silpa..

Deepa G Joshi January 23, 2010 at 2:41 AM  

wow,,nice and healthy dish..tofu used makes it a guilt free eat ;)

Preety January 23, 2010 at 7:44 PM  

nice and healthy dish

Silpa January 23, 2010 at 9:20 PM  

Thank you mahimaa, priya, deepa, preety

kitchen queen January 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM  

healthy and nice combo.

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