kale Fry (Kale Varai)

This is a very quick and easy side dish.  The only time consuming thing is washing and chopping the kale.  To make this quick, chopped bagged kale can be used.  If using frozen chopped kale, reduce the water to ½ cup.


  • 1 lb kale
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon Sri Lankan chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 dried chilies broken into 2 – 3 pieces


  • Wash kale and chop them into very small pieces (looks like shredded)
  • In a covered saucepan add kale, water, chili powder, salt and cook until all the water is absorbed and the kale looks dry
  • Add coconut and mix well and cook for another 1 – 2 minutes
  • In a skillet add oil and add onion and garlic and fry until onion is golden brown
  • Add broken red chilies and fry for another minute
  • Transfer this fried mixture into cooked kale and mix well

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