How to cook Kale in Indian Style?
Kale is my ultimate favourite healthy green. I add it in almost everything. My favourite options are adding it to roasts or when making a green juice. However I do not find too many Indian recipes with Kale greens. This is why I keep trying to find ways to introduce kale into my Indian recipes. I have written recipes for a Kale Pulao, Kale Sambar as well as Kale and Chickpea Vegan Bowl. This time I have added kale to the quintessential dhania pudina chutney. This mint chutney recipe of mine alone is quite epic, but with the addition of kale it also becomes a healthy accompaniment! But before that let me explain a little about this recipe for Indian ‘mint sauce’.
How to make Indian Mint Sauce?
In UK the Indian coriander pudina chutney is known as mint sauce. There are versions of this Indian mint sauce. One version is made with yogurt and served with North Indian Tandoori food. Another version is made spicy with ginger and green chilies and served with Indian Chaat or with any Indian starter or even in a sandwich! Pudina means mint in Hindi and usually these condiments or sauces are known as chutney.
My green pudina chutney has a secret additional ingredient of….apple! Yes you read right. I got this amazing tip from my husband’s aunt and I have always used a slice of apple whenever I make my mint chutney. The apple adds to the texture as well as gives a fresh and crisp flavour. I also feel it balances the sharpness and spice of the other ingredients with its mild sweetness.
Healthy Indian Mint Chutney!
Instead of coriander or dhania I have added kale to this recipe making it packed with nutrition and fibre. Since this recipe has raw kale as well as apple, it is important to use only organic ingredients to make sure that this is actually a healthy recipe. Both apples and Kale are part of the Dirty Dozen. This means they are the most highly contaminated with pesticides. Hence you need to make the healthy choice of picking organic versions of these vegetables and fruits. Here is a link with a list of all those vegetables and fruits in the Dirty Dozen list. Buying Organic seems so expensive but I think it is more about making informed choices. Certain Vegetables and Fruit are in the Clean Fifteen which means least potent from pesticide use and hence I skip buying organic versions of these veg and fruit.
This super easy and quick to make Indian mint sauce recipe is vegan as well as paleo. It has no dairy or eggs in it and is a lovely refreshing sauce which tastes amazing with Indian food especially starters. I recently paired it with my recipe for Low Carb Indian tikkis and I found the tangy flavour of the chutney pairing well with the mild and crispy celeriac tikkis.
Do try this recipe out and let me know in your comments below. Would there be any other Indian recipe that you would love to see kale in? Do let me know, I am the ever willing recipe experimenter!