Collard Greens Poriyal


Do you crave for more green leafy vegetables and in the lookout for some new varieties to try?  Then, this recipe is for you!!  Have you tried Collard greens lately??   Never expect any Oohs and aahs,  they are definitely bitter with distinctive taste and tough texture, similar to Drumbstick leaves.  If you can handle that then this is worth trying.  You might want to include these atleast once a week in your meal as they are packed with nutrients. Perfect detox food.

Keerai Poriyal / Porial/ Collard Greens Stir-fry / Greens Saute / Detox



1bunch Collard greens
1 no Onion
3 cloves Garlic
2 nos Dry red chilli
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Split black gram
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
3 nos Curry leaves
2 pinch Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp Asafoetida powder
1/2 cup Fresh grated coconut
1 tsp Salt (or to taste)
3 tsp Oil
1 pinch Sugar



Usually a bunch will have 8-10 leaves like this.  The stalk in the center will be very hard, so we got to cut and discard those.

Make a big v-cut in the center and remove the stalk. Then roll the big leaf and chop them into thin strips,  chop again to make it even smaller.


Collard leaves are very gritty, wash them thoroughly in cold water. Rinse a couple of times and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard, split black gram, cumin seeds, red chili and curry leaves. Sprinkle asafoetida and add chopped onions and crushed garlic. Saute them for 2-3 minutes, then add the chopped collard greens, sugar, turmeric and salt. Do not close the pan, cook over medium flame until the leaves wilt.  These greens are very tough and takes  little longer to cook. In about 6-8 minutes it will wilt and start to turn dry.

At this stage switch off and add the fresh grated coconut. Give a quick toss and serve as a side for rice.

Collard Greens Poriyal


Adding sugar will keep the color of the leaves intact.  Final verdict – Chewy texture with mild bitter taste.

Yield: 4 Adult servings.

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4 comments to Collard Greens Poriyal


    Where can i get the Kale and collard in chennai??? I have been in search of this for the past 3 months in chennai!!! Even nilgiris doesn’t have this…Kindly help me

  • G Babu

    Collard Green taste like “agathi Keerai”.Thanks for the recipe

  • Cappuccino

    Collard, Swiss chard and kale poriyal are one of our regular menu in my home, which was introduced by you. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    if you chop collard very finely it will get cooked easily.

  • vasanthi Pandian

    Collard greens poriyal looks attractive.Actually what is tamil name for it .Is it available in India?

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