I have always had a big group of friends wherever I go. Be it the different schools I studied or my college or the places I have worked.To add to that, it used to be most popular gang both on the positive and negative side. When I had reached Nashville, 3 years back I never felt that I'm living in another country because I had so many friends. For lunch in the cafeteria, we used to pull 3 tables together and you can imagine the size of the gang. It was like I was back to college days. We had get together every week and outings once in a month and never felt bored.
Slowly over the past one year all my friends moved back to India and I have no company now. Now we just have 2 or 3 families around and have occasional get together. When I was talking to one of my friend during a party, I was stating how I miss drumstick leaves. Drumstick leaves stir fry was one of my favorite item and my Mom would get it for me some way or the other. She suggested that the Collard Greens available in the stores here would taste exactly like the drumstick greens. I wanted try it badly and picked one bag this weekend and prepared this stir fry. Simply loved it and it tasted exactly like our drumstick leaves.This is surely a keeper !!!
Collard Greens - 1 pack
Pearl Onions - 8 no
Garlic flakes - 6 no
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urid Dal - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Dry Red Chillies - 5 no
Grated Coconut - 3 tbsp
Salt for taste
Oil - 1 - 2 tsp
- Wash and chop the collard greens into small pieces.
- Crush the pearl onions and garlic flakes.
- Heat oil, add mustard and allow it to splutter.
- Add the urid dal, followed by asafoetida and red chillies in medium flame.
- Add the crushed onions and garlic flakes. Saute until onion turns translucent.
- Add the greens, salt and mix so that the seasoning is well coated onto the greens.
- Allow the greens to cook by occasionally stirring it.
- Once the greens is cooked add the grated coconut and mix well.
- Serve Warm with any rice item as a side.
- Collard Greens are available in pre-washed and pre-cut packs or as whole leaves. If you are buying whole leaves remove the thick stem in the center before chopping.
- If pearl onion is not available use a medium size onion.
- Do not add water for the greens to cook.