This is a go-to staple at my house when I'm craving some heat and Indian flavors. I love sturdy, leafy greens like broccoli rabe, mustard greens, Swiss chard, and all kinds of kale (Russian, curly, black leaf, aka cavolo nero) and this preparation works for all of them, or a mix. I was craving a savory breakfast after a late night the other morning, and this made me very happy. The recipe follows after the jump!
Trim and cut the greens into large pieces, wash and drain them, but leave some water still clinging to the leaves; this will help them steam as they cook. In a large sauté pan with olive oil, lightly sauté some chopped garlic, chopped spicy chile like jalapeño or serrano, and grated fresh ginger. Add about two teaspoons of garam masala, a teaspoon of mustard seeds and a dash of turmeric and cook another minute. Add the greens to the pan, season with salt, toss them around with a pair of tongs or a spoon, and cook until they are wilted and tender. If the pan gets too dry before the greens cook through, just add some more water. I love this with some white rice and a dollop of yogurt.
You can make your own garam masala, but it's a special effort. I find mine with the rest of the spices in the grocery store. Curry powder is a good substitution, and you can definitely omit the turmeric if you don't have it (or don't like it). Throw some chopped cilantro on at the end, if you like.