• Nicky, Digital Researcher, Africa Analyst

Ye-Abesha gomen - Ethiopian collard greens

Updated: Apr 18, 2021

This is a traditional Ethiopian vegan recipe and a delicious way of enjoying your greens.

Ye’abasha Gomen, Ethiopian version of Collard Greens, is a dish consisting of braised greens and kale seasoned with aromatic herbs and spices like coriander and cardamon. This dish pairs well with a lentil stew.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 10 ounce Collard Greens/Kale chopped

  • 3 or more tablespoons cooking oil

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger

  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 large white onion chopped

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon cardamom spice

  • 1 teaspoon coriander/cumin

  • 1-2 Fresh Chili pepper or ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or more

  • 1 fresh lemon

Cooking Steps

1. In a large skillet, add oil, spiced butter, garlic, ginger, chili pepper, cumin, cardamom, paprika, sauté for about 30 seconds or more, be careful not to let the ingredients burn.

2. Then add onions, mix with the spices. Sauté for about 3-5 minutes.

3. Throw in chopped collards, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, Continue cooking for another 7-10 minutes until flavors have blend and greens are cooked, according to preference. Adjust seasonings –Salt and pepper, turn off the heat.

4. Remove from the heat and let it cool.