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Braised Kale and Tomatoes

Braised Kale and Tomatoes 4.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Apr 5, 2022

Cookbook author Nyanyika Banda’s Aunt Rose taught them to make this dish before she passed away. Banda included it in “Marvel’s Black Panther: The Official Wakanda Cookbook,” with a fictionalized account of how it came to be, noting that it could be eaten with “roasted fish and nsima (a white cornmeal patty) soaking up the vegetable stock with each bite.” Rice also is a suitable addition to the table.

Active time: 25 mins; Total time: 35 mins

Read more about the origin of this recipe here: In the new Wakanda cookbook, Black Panther food lore comes to life

Storage Notes: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.


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Tested size: 4 servings; makes 3 cups

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion (about 5 ounces), halved and sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 2 vine-ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • Fine salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 8 cups curly kale, stemmed and chopped
  • 1 cup low-salt vegetable broth


In a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onions are translucent and the garlic is just starting to brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, cumin and paprika, and lightly season with salt and pepper.

Add the kale a handful at a time, stirring occasionally and waiting for it to wilt before adding more. Once all of the kale has been added, pour in the stock.

Bring to a simmer, cover and heat for 15 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed to keep it at a simmer. Taste and add more salt and/or pepper, as needed.

Remove from the heat and serve family style or divide among the bowls.

Recipe Source

Adapted from “Marvel’s Black Panther: The Official Wakanda Cookbook” by Nyanyika Banda (Insight Editions, 2022).

Tested by Alexis Sargent.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (3/4 cup): 163

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 8g 12%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 172mg 7%

Total Carbohydrates: 22g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 7g 28%

Sugar: 6g

Protein: 6g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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