Well, I just wanted to set the record straight. Nothing is a good substitute for a fried potato. But if you take that off your head and get in the mood for a crisp, savoury snack that takes 10 minutes to bake and is really good for you, go ahead and make kale chips.
Kale's now easier to get in Mumbai, thanks to Trikaya (did I tell you I owe them a LOT for all the fancy vegetables they grow for us foodies in Mumbai!!!!). And these chips are easy enough to put together whenever you get a snack craving. Just make sure that as soon as you buy your kale, you wash it and dry it. Then leave it in an airtight box in the fridge until needed.
Heat the oven to 190C. Wipe your kale leaves with a cloth to remove any residual water. Remove stems and roughly tear into small pieces. In a bowl, mix 6 torn kale leaves with 1/2 tbsp olive oil. Sprinkle salt and crushed black pepper, then mix well to coat the leaves with oil. Line a baking tray with parchment and spread the kale leaves in a single layer. Bake for 12-15 minutes until crisp. Keep a close watch starting at 10 minutes because these chips will get bitter if they burn.