I had never used Collard greens until we came to USA. Once I saw the greens at the local super market and bought them out of curiosity. After experimenting a lot with them over the years we all came to love them and now they are a staple at our house.
Collards are good source of vitamin C, soluble fiber and has potent anti-cancer and anti oxidant properties. They can be bought fresh or frozen (like spinach). I buy both.
Today I am sharing a recipe of moong dal with collard greens that we make very often. It is very easy to make and holds tons of nutrition.
To make this dal, add some water to 1&1/2 cup yellow moong dal and cook it till soft in a pressure cooker. Take a pan, add 3 tsp oil. After the oil is hot, add tempering ingredients like 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp asofoetida, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp cumin seeds and 1 tsp red chilli powder/2 chopped green chillies (optional). Add 3 tsp chopped garlic and 1 chopped tomato (you can also add 1/2 chopped onion if you like). Cook till tomatoes are soft. Mix in 2 cups chopped collard greens and stir for 4-5 mins till greens are soft. Add the cooked dal to this and mix properly. Adjust the consistency of the dal by adding additional water. Cook on medium low till the dal boils. Serve with Rice/Chapatti.
I am sending this as an entry to Veggie Platter's Delicious Dals Event.