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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Chicken Kale Saag


Kale got me keenly interested for all its health assets.After all one can never get enough of greens.Copious serving like such in this saag is healthful as well as toothsome.

Did you know that besides being rich in Vitamins A,C and K,dietary Fiber,Kale is also a very good source of Calcium?,good news for those with milk allergies.A cup of kale supplies 93.6 mg of calcium (9.4% of the daily value for this mineral) for only 36.4 calories.
Recipe : Chicken Kale Saag

Saag is a cherished green side dish of North Indian cuisine.Spinach is common tender green in saag ,often paired with bitter mustard greens,the hearty kale is an equally healthy accomplish for a green in the saag.I like the saag little more runny than thick,add less water for a more thicker gravy.
As for the meat not just chicken,the saag is good with lamb or turkey.Or make the saag all vegan, with plant protein like soy nuggets or firm tofu.
Ingredients
2 lb Free-range skinless chicken with bones,cut in medium pieces[vegans could use soy nuggets or firm tofu,reduce the cooking time]
5-6 medium Kale leaves,rinsed and roughly chopped
1/2 a medium onion ,chopped
2 cloves garlic,minced
1/2 inch ginger root ,minced
1/2 teaspoon each of cumin and coriander powder(or poultry seasoning)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method
Trim any excess white fat from chicken. Freeze the chicken for an hour before trimming that can help remove the fat. Clean meat of any blood,by running it through cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Mix with turmeric and keep aside for few minutes.This helps kill any bacteria on meat.

Heat oil in a skillet on medium high ,saute onions until lightly brown. Then add the minced garlic and ginger,saute another minute before adding rest of the dry spices. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes on medium low heat until chicken is cooked through. Meanwhile puree the kale in a heavy duty grinder(ordinary blenders may not yield good results)with 1 cup(or less) of water until smooth.Add to the simmering chicken ,cook another 8-10 minutes until flavor fuse .Serve warm with rice or bread.


Kale belongs to Cruciferous family of vegetables,in focus for Health Nut Challenge 5.Please find the details of the challenge here.

33 comments:

Sanjana said...

I love the vibrant green colour- Will make this with paneer or tofu!

Joanne said...

I cannot believe how green that is! It looks amazing!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That is a very interesting dish. I love the color of the sauce.

Cheers,

Rosa

Vrinda said...

Very pretty chicken dish..liked ur header pic too....

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious yummy curry

Anncoo said...

WOW! Look at that colour ~ nice green and sounds delicious!

Tina said...

Lovely and healthy chicken...

notyet100 said...

lovely colour,looks yum..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Lovely gravy for the chicken. I am always a bit squeamish about eating green food..some are okay and some aren't..this certainly looks A-Okay to me.

alwayswinner786 said...

I love the color and as it look vibrant, it is also healthy and delicious!

Sarah Naveen said...

Love the color..looks so delicious..

Priya said...

Wat a vibrant colour dish, looks awesome Yas..

Umm Razeen said...

A very innovative dish

Pam said...

This is different for me, I never ate kale, but this green color looks beautiful and delicious, I loved it :))))
xxx

Swathi said...

Yasmeen,

Chicken get really green color and flavor. Nice dish, healthy too.

tigerfish said...

I like those spinach saag offered by Indian eateries but never thought of making them cos of the blending I have to do.

Good idea to use kale. I enjoy kale lots :)

tasteofbeirut said...

This is such an interesting recipe Yasmeen; first of all, it is going to spur me to use kale (with which I had one bad experience and never tried to use again!) ; I love all the ingredients it reminds me a bit of our mouloukhieh without that slime factor!

Rumana Rawat said...

Hello yasmeen..
This is my first time. I must say u have a gr8 blog, and ur recipe's are just awesome...
i love it.
http://rumanarawat.blogspot.com/

Biren said...

Sounds like a really healthy and delicious dish. Love the green color. BTW, thanks for visiting my blog.

Meena said...

love the saag pics...verrry colorful indeed n healthful.

MaryMoh said...

Wow...that's such a beautiful dish....chicken in a green sauce! I have always wondered how to make kale delicious because it's tough and no one in my family wants to eat it. Now I know how to cook it....puree :D Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe and also all the nutritional info.

Bria @ West of Persia said...

Wow, what an easy and creative use of kale. Kale's one of my favorite veggies. The brilliant color of the sauce is so pretty. Nicely done!

Gita Jaishankar said...

Super delicious and healthy dish Yasmeen...nice vibrant color :)

Jhonny walker said...

very very innovative..saved this one....the green is sp thriving!!

Cicile said...

A green healthy dish is always welcome on my menu.

Jamie said...

I am so craving for some chicken now.

Akal's Saappadu said...

oh wow, that's an appetizing picture, urges me to grab that plate right away!!! kale and chicken is an excellent combination I suppose, have to try it!!! looks fantastic !!!

Muneeba said...

Ohhh, this is great .. simple and accessible, just the way I like it! Gives me the perfect reason to go out and try a new veggie (yup, never had kale before!).

Simona said...

I wasn't interested in Kale until now.Should give it a go with this tasty dish.

Angie said...

Looks really good, great color!

Faith said...

Your saag is beautiful, and I love how you used kale in it!

Cham said...

The green is so perfect, I ve tasted palak with chicken but kale is new!

RV said...

Kale saag is so colorful. Will try this out soon

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