Gomen (Kale Side Dish)

This recipe was featured in our A Mosaic of Flavors cooking series with Mulu Tewelde.

Add a little spice to your greens with this delectable side dish. 


Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes


12 Servings


6 pounds kale (frozen, or collard greens or spinach)
3 onion, red (cut into strips)
5 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 teaspoon ginger, fresh (grated)
3 tomato
3 pepper, jalapeño
  vegetable oil (or olive oil)
  salt (to taste)
  black pepper (to taste)


Let greens thaw for about 30 minutes.

Cut onions into long, thin slices and fry in olive oil until brown. Crush garlic and cut each crushed clove into 3-4 pieces. Add garlic to the onions and cook 5 minutes on low heat. Add greens. If using frozen greens, cook 45 minutes, covered. If using fresh greens, don’t cover and cook about 30 minutes.

Dice tomatoes and cut jalapenos into long thin strips. Add tomatoes and jalapenos and cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste