Simple Sauteed Kale
I don’t know why it took stubborn me so many years to try kale, what with my space here writing recipes, and with kale’s explosive popularity over the past few years. I finally tried kale last Christmas, when my neighbourhood supermarket started selling it on an almost daily basis. I have not stopped buying kale since then – at least once if not twice a week! Talk about late kale love blossoming for me in a big, belated way :p
I started with using kale in smoothies since I also bought a nutribullet around the same time. The first impression was a very good one, as I love the taste of kale even in the raw form.
After a few kale smoothies, I started cooking kale – first by adding them in soups & hot-pots, then frying in the pan like this one. And recently I even made kale chips which was really good.
This particular simple sauteed kale in garlic and chilli flakes is my current favourite kale dish because it is so easy and quick to pull off. Unlike the usual leafy greens, the kale is still slightly crunchy and very green after cooking in a covered pan for 5 minutes. Some recipes cook the kale for more than 10 minutes, and some pre-boil the kale before frying it in the pan, so that the kale becomes very soft and tender after cooking. I always like my veg a little crunchy so this quick cooking sauteed recipe works very well for me.
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I measure kale in written recipe by the number of kale stalks used. Coarsely tear the leaves of each stalk to bite-size pieces. The stem is usually discarded, or can be put to better use. One full stalk of kale, yields roughly 15 grams of kale leaves in the recipe.