Sukuma Wiki (Kenyan Braised Collard Greens and Ground Beef)

Sukuma Wiki is a common name for a Kenyan dish of braised collard greens, usually prepared with ground meat, tomatoes and onions. For this quick and easy dish, the collard greens are simply wilted down, so they retain a slightly crunchy texture to complement the ground beef.

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  • Servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 bunch collard greens (about 8 leaves), stems removed, sliced into 1-inch strips
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

How to make this recipe

  1. Warm the olive oil in a skillet on medium heat for a minute, then add the onion. Sauté the onion until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and jalapeño and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the ground beef and seasonings and cook until mostly done, about 6 minutes, stirring frequently so the ground beef doesn’t clump.
  3. Add the collard greens and tomatoes and sauté until the collard greens are wilted, about 4 minutes. Stir everything around carefully as it cooks; be sure to do this step gently to avoid mushing the tomatoes.
  4. Add the lemon juice and season to taste by adding salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately.
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