Stir Fried Greens – A good way to handle unknown greens.


We recently joined a local farm and bring home a lot of greens of which I have no idea what to make of. The typical keerai kootu I make usually just has spinach in it. Following a recipe that a woman at the farm had given, these stir fried greens with a hint of sesame were a hit with K. As for me, I am yet to develop a taste for Olive Oil.

Stuff you will need:

Greens – Chopped roughly
Sea Salt – to taste
Olive Oil (EVOO) – Enough to coat bottom of pan
Ginger 1 inch cube – chopped fine or shredded
Garlic 2 pods – Crushed
Sesame seeds 1 tsp – toasted

How to make it?

Set a shallow wide pan on the stove at medium-high heat, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom. As the oil heats, add the ginger and garlic. Saute till brown, add the greens and toss around till coated with oil. As they wilt they reduce and cook (about 2-3 minutes). Turn heat off sprinkle salt and sesame seeds and toss to spread evenly.

Serve warm with a side of bread.

Special notes:

Add just enough oil to coat the bottom. Remember the greens will wilt to 1/4 their original volume. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan ahead of time. This recipe works with any of the huge leafy greens.