Rice with Collard Greens Relish

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
This is a staple in my country of origin, Zimbabwe. It is served with sadza; a cornmeal-based stiff porridge that is used like rice or potatoes in other cultures. —Loveness Murinda, Upland, California
Rice with Collard Greens Relish Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 large bunch collard greens (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 packages (8.8 ounces each) ready-to-serve long grain rice


  1. Remove and discard center ribs and stems from collard greens. Cut leaves into 1-in. pieces. In a Dutch oven, cook onion and garlic in oil over medium heat until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in water, tomatoes, curry powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Add collard greens in batches; cook and stir until they begin to wilt. Reduce heat; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until greens are tender, 10-15 minutes. Prepare rice according to package directions. Serve with collard greens.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Be patient while stirring in the greens. They will fill the Dutch oven but soon begin to cook down in volume.
  • If you're making the rice from scratch, start with about 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice.
  • Nutrition Facts

    2/3 cup collards with 2/3 cup rice: 239 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 279mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 8g fiber), 8g protein.