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Kale leaves recipe – kale leaves and button mushrooms in a lightly spiced ginger sauce. I had made this kale & mushrooms in ginger sauce as an accompanying side dish with schezwan fried rice.

kale mushrooms in ginger sauce

I sometimes make mushroom in ginger sauce or garlic sauce, when I make veg fried rice or schezwan fried rice. Basically the recipe is just mushrooms in ginger sauce, where I have added kale leaves.

So before you ask me where did I manage to buy kale in India, I will give you the link. Kale is not easily available in India. I buy a few vegetables from a website and it was here, that I found the kale leaves. I brought it many times thereafter.

Usually I add them to dal and make a kale dal. Similar to the way we make spinach dal. I have also made kale pakoras. I purchase kale from the greentokri website.

kale leaves

I don’t know what is kale called in Hindi. Basically kale is a relative of the cabbage family. However, unlike cabbage, there is no head formation in kale. It has dark green or purple curled leaves with bitter notes and a chewy texture. The bitterness is not like the bitterness of bitter gourd or karela. Its mildly bitter and eatable. For an Indian taste that is used to having bitter stuff like Karela (bitter gourd) or Neem (Margosa Leaves) , kale is easily eatable. The taste is also somewhat like the taste of drumstick leaves.

So in this dish, you will get to taste the faint bitterness of the leaves. If you like kale, then this recipe is good. the sautéed mushrooms add a contrasting texture in the dish. The recipe is mildly spiced and can accompany any fried rice dish like sweet corn fried rice or burnt garlic fried rice or even plain steamed rice very well.

Being a superfood, kale is very rich in essential nutrients. read more nutritional information about kale here.

kale mushroom in ginger sauce recipe

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kale and mushroom in ginger sauce recipe

kale leaves recipe

5 from 2 votes
Kale and mushrooms in ginger sauce - kale leaves and button mushrooms in a lightly spiced ginger sauce.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine Indo Chinese, World
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Vegan
Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings 2 to 3


  • 8 to 10 kale leaves
  • 8 to 10 button mushrooms
  • 1 spring onions (scallions) - reserve the greens for garnishing
  • 2 to 3 garlic - finely chopped
  • 1 or 2 green chilies - finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger - finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce or as required
  • ½ teaspoon sugar or as required
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder or as required
  • 1 tablespoon arrow root flour or (corn starch + 1/3 cup water). i added arrow root flour
  • 1.5 tablespoon oil
  • ½ to ¾ cup water or as required
  • salt as required


  • Rinse and slice the mushrooms.
  • Rinse and chop the kale leaves. You can slice off the central stem if you prefer. I usually keep them.
  • Heat oil in pan. Add the ginger, garlic and green chilies and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add the spring onions/scallions and saute for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms and stir fry the mushrooms on a high heat till the mushroom gets browned from the edges.
  • Add the chopped kale leaves. Saute till the leaves become tender. About 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Add soy sauce and stir well.
  • Then add 1/2 to 3/4 cup water and bring to a simmer.
  • Dissolve 1 tbsp arrow root flour or corn starch in 1/3 cup water.
  • Add this mixture in the pan. Simmer till the sauce thickens and become smooth with a glaze.
  • Season with salt, pepper and sugar.
  • Garnish with scallion greens and serve kale & mushrooms in ginger sauce hot with fried rice or steamed rice.


Alternatives for kale - since kale leaves are not available in india. Here are few alternatives:
1. You could add kohlrabi (ganth gobi) greens. But the leaves should be tender and young.
2. Collard greens can also be added. They are known as karam saag and also added to prepare haak, a kashmiri dish.
3. Malabar spinach. Also known as pui saag in bengali.
4. Even chinese cabbage bok choy would be good.
5. You can try spinach too, but spinach won’t retain its shape and bite like kale.

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  1. Hi Thanks for providing a recipe on Kale. I have so much Kale growing at my home and was wondering if I find a good recipe. Since it is a superfood I was eating it raw but now I wanted a cooked version for the same. Thanks…

      1. Thanks. I want to put in the food without letting my husband and kiddo know. thy both are fussy eater. Please suggest something like this.

        1. for this dish, the taste and texture of kale is distinctly felt. you cannot hide it from them 🙂 however, you can add baby spinach or regular spinach instead of kale and it would be still be a healthy recipe. the presence of spinach won’t be felt.

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