Delicious Kale chips with touch of Soy Sauce and Paprika.
One vegetable which I rarely buy is kale. Yes I have bought them once in a while for making smoothie with Kale. Green Goddess smoothie with kale is my favorite. I got introduced to kale chips when we visited whole foods. I bought some from the store and kids loved it. When I saw kale in Wal-Mart recently I decided to buy it. And finally made my own batch of Kale chips at home; hubby told me why you don’t make it more often. Even my 3 year old is so happy munching it.
Kale is really good and is called queen of greens; I have mentioned its health benefits here .
Kale is a green leafy vegetable that is related to cabbage and belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family that includes vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collard greens and Brussels sprouts. It is most primitive among all other members of that family.
Greeks and Romans grow those 2,200 years ago. Kale is believed to be a native of Mediterranean region of Europe,. It was brought to rest of Europe around 600 BC. In the USA, kale was brought by the English, in the 17th century. Read from here
Kale is a biennial plant that can be planted in the fall to get it through winter in areas where the winter doesn’t go below 10 degrees C. It can also be planted in the early spring to until weather gets too warm, as it a cool weather plant. Leaves harvested closer to summer have a bitter taste as compared to the ones harvested in the fall, winter and spring.
When buying kale select only the bright looking, unbruised and untorn leaves. If you are growing kale at home, pick leaves from the outside only as the center leaves keep on growing. Pick leaves only when ready to use as it is at its optimum nutrition value when fresh. Kale is called “Karam Saag” in India.
I was little scared of my kale chip making process. Because not sure whether I can achieve the perfect crispiness and crunch and also tasty without being bitter. I read lot of recipes and tips. Finally learned that you need to wash well and cut it into small bite size pieces then allow to dry it completely. Then make a spice mix or oil so that kale chips will be tastier.
When I read about the recipes, I found that you can make kale chips with just olive oil and salt. If you want you can add other flavors like soy sauce, lime juice and olive oil. I made with soy sauce, lime juice,olive oil and Paparika. Make sure not to add any extra salt. Only add if you need once you tasted the chips. Also use the temperature 325°F /160°C for 15-20 minutes. Closely watch the last 5 minutes so that it won’t be bitter.
Here comes my recipe of Kale chips, give it try. You will love it.