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What Would Thoreau Eat? This Kale And Potato Subzi, Perhaps?

Kale and Potato Subzi
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6


  • 1 bunch kale (about 12-15 leaves). Wash the kale, then strip the leaves off the tough stems and chop them finely.
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 3 cloves garlic , peeled and crushed and chopped
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 medium potatoes , scrubbed clean and cut into a 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce (I know this is a weird ingredient here, but kale and soy sauce have great chemistry)
  • 1 tsp hot sauce like Sriracha (use chilli powder if you don't have this)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan or wok over medium-high heat.
  • Add the mustard seeds and when they sputter, turn down the heat to medium and add the potatoes and garlic.
  • Saute the potatoes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to take on a golden hue.
  • Add the chopped kale, stir until it starts to wilt. Add the soy sauce and hot sauce, stir well, and add a couple of tablespoons of water. Slap on a tight-fitting lid and let the kale steam. If the water evaporates, add a couple more tablespoons and repeat until the kale is quite tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and salt, if required. Turn off the heat and serve hot.