The Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s ban on meat and dairy on Wednesdays, Fridays and during the 40 days of Lent has inspired a large vegan repertoire, such as this peppery dish of collards (gomen, on an Ethiopian menu), spiced with cardamom, black pepper and ajwain seeds, which taste a lot like thyme but are cousins to coriander seeds and cumin. Slideshow: Great Collard Greens 

November 2012


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30 mins
1 hr


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  • In a large, enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and a generous pinch of salt and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and just starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, cardamom, pepper and ajwain and cook, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned and the pot is slightly dry, about 8 minutes.

  • Add the collards to the casserole in large handfuls, letting each batch wilt slightly before adding more. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the collards are just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover the casserole and cook, stirring, until the most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and serve.

Make Ahead

The cooked collards can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat gently before serving.