African Kale Dish

Photo by: Joseph De Leo

by Cate Tsahalis

over 2 years ago

AnnieD's Testing Notes:

Cate Tsahalis' African Kale Dish has all the traits of a contest finalist -- this recipe is unique, flavorful, and so easy to make. Never in my life would I think that such a peculiar list of ingredients would mesh so well together. No matter what the occasion, this recipe is versatile and mild enough to please even the pickiest of palates. The ginger is the star of the show and a great complement to the peanut butter, while the jalapeno adds a welcome heat that cuts through the richness of the sauce. You’ll never feel as satisfied with your cooking as you do after you serve this dish -- an exotic, nourishing African recipe that's rich in flavor. The simplicity and ease with which it's made can be our little secret!

My brother was given this recipe by a fellow Peace Corps volunteer while living in Tanzania. I've made this dish for countless family and friends, and everyone, regardless of culinary tastes has loved it! If you're cooking for a large group, it's very easy to double this recipe. It's also a wonderful recipe to have handy since it is vegan and gluten-free.

Serves 4

  • 1 large bunch kale
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup natural-unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Boil kale until tender. If the kale is too tough, it can ruin the texture of the dish.
  2. Saute diced onions in olive oil until translucent, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Add diced garlic, jalapeno, and fresh ginger. Saute about 2 more minutes.
  4. Next, add diced tomatoes, peanut butter, sugar, and salt. Stir until peanut butter is fully incorporated.
  5. Allow mixture to simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
  6. Drain kale, and add to the sauce.
  7. Serve over your favorite rice or grain. Enjoy!

Nutrition Info:


  • 616 calories
  • 40g total fat
  • 8g saturated fat
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 93mg sodium
  • 56g carbohydrate (8g dietary fiber, 38g sugar)
  • 20g protein
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    Mberkovitz says: If the nutritional info is correct, each serving has 460 fat calories and 148 sugar calories. I think the dish should be considered a dessert!

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    lucyulmer says: Seriously amazing! The ingredients completely compliment each other and this has been added to my favorite recipe list! Thank you.

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    Cate Tsahalis says: I'm so glad you like it; it's definitely one of my favorites, too!

    over 2 years ago
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    smock22 says: I can't believe how easy it was to make this! and the thing that took the most time was steaming kale- LOVE it! I think peanut butter could be substituted with almond butter, so i'll try that next time.

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    smock22 says: i love that this is vegan, gluten-free, healthy natural ingredients! I didn't use sugar and it came out so good everyone ate a lot of it.

    over 2 years ago
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    Cate Tsahalis says: Yes, almond butter or cashew butter would both work well. This dish can certainly please many palates, and has the benefit of being friendly to those with food sensitivities.

    over 2 years ago
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    sarapeters says: When I saw this list of ingredients I was very skeptical, but I am a believer now! To my surprise all the flavors blend beautifully. It's exotic, yet comforting. It's hearty, but not heavy. And all in one pot! Gotta love that.

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    Cate Tsahalis says: Couldn't have said it betetr myself!

    over 2 years ago

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