August 19, 2010

Collard Greens Stir Fry

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.
My Notes
  • 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. 
Collard Greens Stir Fry one my favorite recipe is sent to Aparna's My Favorite Recipe event.



hmm... luks delicious and beautifully clicked... very interesting.... well explained

lovely n healthy stirfry dear...looks so inviting with gorgeous color and bful presentation...

Love the cliks.. Looks yumm..

Healthy and yummy dish, thanks for sharing dear..

the clicks r awesome...loved the recipe too....

Love greens and ours looks special and yumm...

Such a beautiful and healthy stir fry..looks awesome..

Stir fry looks so good n inviting...I wanna try this. Thanks for this healthy recipe..

This green sounds new to me , looks delicious !! Nice click !!


Lovely stirfry..and nice presentation!!

i love this..nice click..looks so yummy!!

I love collard greens in any form. The slight bitter taste in it makes it even more delectable for me..This is my kind of stir-fry. Also, love the fact that your pictures are bigger and brighter than before.

This is new to me,sounds good!

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments.
@Lassie - I just changed the layout to post better and bigger pictures. Thanks !!!

This looks fabulous! I'm doing a Indian Cuisine feature on my blog and would love for you to join in on the fun! I'll be asking each blogger to make a dish (you can choose from one you already have or make a new dish). And I'll be featuring it as a meal so each person would be doing something different and important to an Indian. Let me know what you think. email me at

Thanks for the entry. Greens look yummy!

I feel i'm also in the same boat. I mean, in india i always used to be in the company of friends or cousins..after coming to US life is getting lonelier with only few friends :(
Between, i tried your collard greens stir fry recipe and loved it..i've put a picture in my blog..

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