These Indian kale recipes might just change your mind about kale.
Kale is the king of leafy greens. It’s rich in vitamins, omega-3s, fiber, and protein.
As king of the greens, its vibrant flavors aren’t for everyone.
From spicy curries to Indian potato salad, these dishes are so rich and flavorful that you may just become a kale convert!
Indian recipes don’t shy away from bold flavors.
So you can whip up an incredibly satisfying dinner dish and sneak your daily dose of kale.
Check out these tasty Indian kale recipes below!
1. Kale Potato Sabzi
Sabzi means green vegetable in India, and this take on Indian potato salad doesn’t shy away from greens!
Even if you aren’t a fan of kale, this recipe is worth a look.
While it incorporates a healthy dose of greens, those bright Indian spices mask lingering green flavors.
Robust spices such as ginger, garlic, garam masala, and Kashmiri red chili powder pack a wallop of a flavor punch.
If you hate the taste of any leafy green, this kale potato sabzi is a must-try.
2. Kale Poriyal
Kale poriyal is a dry side dish that gives kale center stage.
If you’re on the hunt for an insanely healthy side dish that’s low in calories and high in flavors, this recipe is worth checking out.
This dish is surprisingly flavorful, with rich flavors from kale, garlic, onions, turmeric, and red chili.
The red chili makes this dish pretty spicy, so add a little at a time and taste as you go.
It’s the perfect side dish instead of a garden salad and goes perfectly with rich curries or soup.
If you prefer your food extra spicy, add more red chili!
3. Indian Spiced Chickpeas and Greens
Never heard of dry curry before? Let me introduce you!
These Indian spiced chickpeas and greens are a dry curry that comes together in a flash and doesn’t require babysitting a simmering pot.
It’s quick, easy, and just as flavorful as traditional curry.
It infuses flavors like garam masala, turmeric, coriander, cumin, and cayenne pepper in a hearty tomato paste base.
This curry is thick and hearty by omitting vegetable stock or coconut milk.
Serve over a bed of steamy Jasmine rice or with crust naan.
4. Kale Paneer Curry
If you love your curry creamy and a little on the sweet side, you’ll love this kale paneer curry!
It’s sweet and savory without the tastebud-melting spices of many curry recipes.
While this curry is 100 percent vegetarian, adding kale is a real game-changer.
The kale in this dish gets a very fine chop that infuses every bite with leafy green goodness without the tough texture.
Adding creamy paneer cheese blends so perfectly with the rich spices of this dish.
Plus, it’s so easy to throw together on a busy weeknight.
5. Kale Dal
Is your side dish game getting a little dull? Roasted veggies and salads are great, but it may be time to switch things up.
This kale dal recipe is perfect for adding a little spice to your side dishes at dinner.
Kale packs a powerful nutritional punch, and tender lentils (or toor dal) boost protein.
And with so many rich Indian spices, it’s a great side for grilled chicken or steak.
While it’s a classic Indian side dish, I can make a whole meal out of kale dal and naan!
6. Spicy Kale and Potato Curry
While most Indian recipes take a deep dive into your spice rack, this spicy kale and potato curry aren’t as ingredient-dense.
You can whip up this yummy dish with simple additions like garlic, turmeric, coriander, and cayenne.
It’s spicy, savory, and isn’t as runny as your average curry. Think of this dish more like an Indian stew.
While there isn’t any meat in this recipe, the potatoes provide a meaty finish that ensures no one goes to bed hungry.
Pair this spicy dish with a steamy bowl of rice or naan. The best part? The leftovers are even better the next day!
7. Indian Lentil Soup With Kale and Cilantro
Looking for a dish that warms your cold bones this winter? This Indian lentil soup is warming, spicy, and packs a nutritional punch!
While this dish is 100 percent vegetarian, it’s surprisingly filling.
The lentil base of this soup packs a powerful protein punch and added kale delivers your daily dose of greens.
It might be healthy, but it’s oh-so-filling.
Serve this soup alongside naan or whole-grain bread for dipping. Delicious!
8. Curry Kale Salad
Tired of garden salads? If iceberg lettuce has overstayed its welcome, a simple swap of greens will make you fall in love with salads again.
Raw kale is potent, so it’s best to give it a fine chop before adding it to this salad.
While kale takes center stage, smashed anchovies, garlic, and red chili help tame the robust green flavors.
It’s so flavorful that it doesn’t require salad dressing! Just drizzle some fresh lime juice and cracked pepper on top and serve!
9. Coconut Curry Kale Salad With Naan Croutons
This recipe had me at naan croutons.
It’s sweet, spicy, and earns a delightful crunch from lightly toasted naan croutons.
While it’s completely vegan, it provides plenty of protein from cashews and added fiber from raisins and kale.
With a drizzle of lemon juice, it makes a perfect main course or side dish to serve alongside a hot bowl of curry.
10. Indian Crispy Curry Kale Chaat Appetizer
Indian crispy curry kale chaat captures everything you love about Indian cooking in a hearty appetizer.
It’s sweet, spicy, crunchy, and oh-so-healthy!
When you bake kale leaves, something magical happens.
They turn impossibly light and crisp (like a potato chip) and almost melt in your mouth.
This recipe explodes off of the plate with bright, mouth-watering Indian spices.
Serve it as an appetizer or a side dish, or whip it up as a healthy midnight snack!
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