This interesting experiment started when my neighbor gave us some collard greens on a nice evening. To be honest, I had never used collard greens so far and I was nervously cracking my brains as to how to use it up. I googled and read up material on how to cook these greens. But I couldn't find anything suitable to my taste. So I thought I would try preparing some dry curry by adding onion and tomatoes. But when I felt the rubbery texture of the greens after cooking for almost 10-15 min, I was a tad disappointed. I resisted my urge to throw it in the trash and quickly changed gears to prepare chutney out of it. Grinding the greens means I could avoid eating the rubber-like leaves. To my amazement, the chutney turned out to be so tasty that I couldn't have felt any better for not throwing the greens out!

In all the confusion/nervousness, I didn't notice that these greens are very good for health (which greens are not, for God's sake?). Read the nutrition profile of these wonderful greens here and you will surely agree with me!

Ingredients - 

Collard greens chopped 3 cups
Green Chillies 10 (or as per taste)
Tomato chopped 1/2 cup
Peanuts roasted 2 Tbsp
Tamarind juice 2 Tbsp
Sugar/Jaggery 1 tsp (optional)
Salt as per taste
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Fenugreek seeds 1/4 tsp, Urad dal 2 tsp, Chana dal 1 tsp, Jeera 1 tsp, Hing 1/4 tsp, Curry leaves, Dried red chilli 2)

Method Of Preparation - 

Boil the chopped collard greens in about 5-6 cups of water for about 10-15 min and drain.

In a heated sauce pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning and saute until the mustard seeds start to pop.

Add tomatoes to the seasoning and let them cook for about 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Afterthe tomatoes are tender, add the boiled collard greens and saute for 2-3 min. Switch off the stove and let the mixture cool.

Grind the mixture with the roasted peanuts, tamarind juice and salt.

The chutney is ready to be served with rice and ghee!!

This chutney is off to Akila's 'Dish Name Starts With C' event.

Makes  Approx 2 cups

Preparation Time 25 min

Posted by Harini on Monday, October 25, 2010


  1. Elaichii Says:
  2. That's very innovative to use collard greens. I once tried to make kkotu with it and it was a diaster. Will try your version!

  3. Nithu Bala Says:
  4. Innovative and healthy recipe..thanks for sharing..

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Very unique chutney..awesome!

  7. hy Harini,

    Chanced upon your blog while blog hopping...very interesting space with unique recipes you have...Am your happy follower now..:)

    Do visit mine..whenever time permits...


    Tasty Appetite

  8. sangeeta Says:
  9. Nice chutney with the greens . We make sarson ka saag with mustard leaves and these greens are good for that too... Nice blog !!

  10. Very Innovative

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. Hi,

    Just followed...Love some of the recipes here...:)


  13. Unique and innovative

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