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help make my kale "saag" less bitter

tracyk Dec 21, 2009 10:47 AM

ok, home cookers, need your help again.
this time, a pot of saag on the stove, but it tastes SO bitter! i used fresh ginger and garlic (made into a paste), garam masala, cumin, a little dairy, onions, some oil. cooked down, processed. not very tasty.
i know this isn't authentic, but i need suggestions for how to make it creamier and less bitter. please!

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  1. ChristinaMason RE: tracyk Dec 21, 2009 12:15 PM

    You could caramelize some more onions separately (even adding a little sugar to them to really get 'em sweet). Add those to your kale, along with more full-fat dairy (cream, cream cheese, creme fraiche, whatever. Should help.

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      tracyk RE: ChristinaMason Dec 21, 2009 01:25 PM

      that's a great idea about the onions. i'm a little scared of full fat dairy, but i'll blend up some cottage cheese and milk (sounds gross, but it usually works) and add that. TY!

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        cocktailhour RE: tracyk Dec 21, 2009 01:47 PM

        yogurt is a good choice for Indian foods as well. non fat may look grainy, but will still taste good. Full fat would be better though.

    2. invinotheresverde RE: tracyk Dec 21, 2009 02:01 PM

      Did you boil the kale first, changing the water a couple times?

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        tracyk RE: invinotheresverde Dec 21, 2009 02:16 PM

        no, i didn't. i see now that that is my problem. I've never done that before, but i've never cooked 3 lbs of kale before. hindsight, as they say. i think if i continue to cook it down, it will turn a little more sweet than bitter. that's usually the case with kale, anyway....

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          Karl S RE: tracyk Dec 21, 2009 02:24 PM

          The other thing about kale is that kale that has not experienced a good frost is noticeably more bitter than kale that has. (This is true of some other greens as well.)

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            invinotheresverde RE: tracyk Dec 21, 2009 02:34 PM

            Hope it works out. I love kale and saag. I'll have to combine the two sometime.

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              tracyk RE: invinotheresverde Dec 21, 2009 04:45 PM

              thanks for all the suggestions and info! one thing i learned in my research is that the difference between palaak and saag is that palaak is ONLY spinach. so i guess i technically was making saag.
              it turned out really well. i carmelized a small red onion. added TONS of fat free cottage cheese, blended with the immersion blender. added a pinch of curry and some red pepper. i also let the saag cook down for about 4 hours on low heat. a lot of not labor intensive work that resulted in a decent dish that should be relatively easy to replicate without the anxiety!

              1. re: tracyk
                ChristinaMason RE: tracyk Dec 22, 2009 12:16 AM

                yay! glad you were able to rescue it.

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