This entry was originally titled Kale Braised in Coconut Milk and was published back on January 26, 2012. Since then I have tweaked the recipe and arrived at a point where I could say, “This is even better!” So here it is, dear readers. Let’s turn the hardy green leaves into a tender and flavorful dish.
Almost a decade ago, a good friend introduced me to kale. Originally, we wanted to cook braised cassava leaves in spices and coconut milk (gulai daun singkong), a native dish to the West Sumatrans, but could not find the vegetable in Michigan. My friend believed Kale’s texture and taste would work for the dish we wanted to make. And OH WOW, did it work great! Since then on this super vegetable has been one of my regular side dish menus.
Both Jeff and I love this dish. It is spicy but yet there’s also a little sweetness that comes from the mixture of red bell pepper, shallots, and coconut milk.
Here’s a list of things we will need:
- 2 bundle of kale (remove the stem, wash, and chop the leaves)
- 4 shallots (finely chopped)
- 4 garlic (chopped)
- 1 red bell pepper
- 10 hot finger peppers (finely chopped)
- Light coconut milk (one can)
- One cup of water
Chicken stock (use half a cup)
- One inch cut of galangal root (for aroma)
- A pinch of turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon of canola oil
- Heat up the canola oil in a medium pot
- In a food processor, chop and mix garlic, shallots, and all peppers.
Add shallots and garlic into the pot and let them turn to light brown
- Sweat the garlic, shallots, and peppers mix in the medium pot for 2 minutes
- Add salt and turmeric powder
- Add water and bring to boil
Mix the leaves with shallots and garlic
- Add coconut milk, stir, and bring to boil one more time
chicken stock and peppers. Cover the pot with its lid and let the dish boil
- Add kale, bring to boil, and then remove pot from the heat immediately (to avoid overcooking the vegetable)
Add coconut milk, stir and mix well, and let it cook for another 20 minutes until the vegetable becomes tender Uncover the pot to reduce the liquid for no more than 2 minutes Add salt to taste
Hope you like it!