Baked Kale Chips
Super Bowl Sunday is here this weekend,supposedly the second largest consumption of food takes place on this day, after the Thanksgiving Day ,here in the USA. There is something to be said about “game time” and the culture,the passion, the memories shared around it,so when my kid came home from school last evening and asked me ” Would you watch the Super bowl with me , I can explain the game to you” I smiled & nodded in agreement.It only seems like yesterday, I was a kid of his age, growing up in India, where the game of Cricket is a religion,the pulse beat at home ! We grew up around a father who is an ardent Cricket fan, I could literally say it runs in the genes….I can see my Grand mom in her nineties sitting in her easy chair, donning her spectacles reading the newspaper line to line on how a cricketer dropped a ball, or my Dad’s sis in her passion for watching cricket , lets the milk boil over in the kitchen oblivious to the smoke it caused.It was a deep rooted thing, this passion for the game.It did not start like that, as kids we were taken to test matches ( those days before the TV came into existence in my country) the first game I went to watch, I had no idea about who the two teams where, I only went for the cotton candies, popcorn & the yummy treats the vendors brought during half time, into the stadium, the rest of the time I’d sit & watch the celebrities on the stand with a binocular( I was 10 years old then) ….that year India won against Pakistan…then all hell broke loose, the joy was palpable in the air, I joined my older cousins to jump and clap in joy, though I hardly understood the game then, wanted to be a part of the moment. What started as a gentle brush with the game, reached feverish passion over the years.Slowly the TV took over, going to watch test matches on the field became less frequent,but it reached a new height on screen amidst the comfort of our home, among good friends, fun, laughter, great food and endless cups of tea ( for those day & night matches) .People from all walks of life gathered together in a tapestry of love for the game, the passion palpable, tears of joy on victory, deadly silence as the ball rolled, breath stuck in our throats till the catch landed, numerous superstitions of being stuck to that same piece of furniture if our team played well……the culture around the game was significant….yet as each one of us moved far away from home, we carried that seed sown with love & passion in our souls, the laughter, the tantalizing aroma of endless good food served around “game time”. Me thinks,life really is made up of such small moments which become the big events later and I wish to continue the same trend with my little one,coz’ in that love I had found my strength amidst life’s biggest storms.Fast forward a few decades, here I am wanting to watch a different game in a different land, the passion the memories still the same, as I recreate magic in my kitchen for the trend to continue for future generations,as Billy Joel’s words float from the radio ” We didn’t start the fire…..”
Chips and salsa being a game time favorite snack, I try my hand at a healthy snack with raw kale chips this time.Baking it, also keeps it deep fry free & healthy & one can store it in airtight containers till game day tomorrow.Enjoy the game with food & friends.Call it by any name, a game is a game, is a game !!!!!
Kale- 2 bunches
Cashew nuts- 1/2 cup ( soaked in water for 1/2 hour)
Bell peppers( orange & yellow) – 1 each
Garlic cloves- 3-4
Cayenne pepper- 1/4 tsp
Black pepper powder- 3/4 tsp
Salt – to taste
Desiccated Coconut grating- 3 tbsp
1.Wash & dry kale.Remove ribs & tear leaves into large chip size pieces and set aside.
2.Blend all the other ingredients into a puree, except the desiccated coconut gratings.
3. Mix the puree and the kale together until the kale pieces are well coated , then sprinkle the desiccated coconut on them with a little oil.Mix again.
4. Preheat the oven at 250 degrees, then on a cookie sheet spread the coated kale pieces individually taking care they do not stick together ( so you get individual kale chips,and not a clumped together mass).Bake them for 20 -25 minutes, turning them over half way.
5.Remove from the oven, let it cool then store it in airtight containers, makes for a yummy guilt free snack during game time .