Kale and White Bean Korma (v, gf)

This vibrant, fragrant dish makes me happy. Its colors and flavors of make me think of lovely Nepal and of colorful Northern India, which I imagine to be one of the most lively places in the world. The tantalizing smell of onion, ginger, and garlic cooking in coconut oil will make your kitchen feel like this:

Photo: National Geographic

Holi festival! photo: National Geographic

Korma is derived from the Urdu word ḳormā, or “braise.” Even though there’s no meat in this dish, you braise the sweet potatoes by cooking them with curry powder, onion, and a bit of tomato sauce before simmering them in coconut milk with kale and white beans. You can serve this korma with rice if you like or serve as a side dish. I found that it really holds up on it’s own; I dolloped mine with some plain Greek yogurt for a hearty meal.  स्वादिष्ट (delicious)!

kormalicious

kormalicious

KALE AND WHITE BEAN KORMA

Adapted from Food 52

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 4 oz tomato sauce (half of a small can)
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp curry powder (see note below)
  • 2 large handfuls chopped kale
  • 1 can cannelini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:

In a large stockpot, heat coconut oil over medium. Add the onion and saute until it’s translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and saute another minute.

onion

Add the sweet potatoes, curry powder, and tomato sauce. NOTE: if you don’t like curry powder (and many people don’t), omit it for Pete’s sake. Add paprika or brown sugar and pepper or red curry paste, or nothing or anything you like in its place. But if you do like curry powder, add it now. Continue to cook the sweet potatoes over medium for about ten minutes, until they begin to soften a bit.

sweet potatoes

Add the coconut milk, kale, and white beans. Bring the korma to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes.

look at that nutritious jumble!

look at that nutritious jumble!

That’s all! Uncover and serve, you wholesome and adventurous veggie-lover, you. Top with yogurt or diced cucumbers. Enjoy!

KORMA BOWL

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