Indian American cooking show host, author, model, ordained minister and LGBT activist, Padma Lakshmi, recently joined the hosts at NBC's Today. She took a break from her widely-praised series, Taste the Nation on Hulu, to share her love for kale. While there, she also gave us the perfect recipe for the leafy ingredient - White Bean Stew with Cumin and Tomatoes. Recipe below.
WHITE BEAN STEW with CUMIN & TOMATOES
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 cup diced onions
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 cup dried red pepper flakes
4 firm, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups canned cannellini beans, drained
2 cups kale
Freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
In a deep sauté pan set over moderate heat, warm the oil until hot. Add the cumin seeds and stir for 2 minutes. Then add the onions and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions become translucent or glassy, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and ginger, stirring for 1 minute. Add the garam masala, red pepper flakes and tomatoes, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes more.
Add the beans, kale, salt and pepper, stirring for about 5 minutes more. Stir in the lemon juice and cilantro just before serving.