African Kale and Yam Soup Recipe

African Kale & Yam Soup
Lindsay S. Nixon


  • small red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup  water
  • 2 cups  vegetable broth
  • yam, peeled and diced
  • 5 cups  kale, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons  chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon  cumin
  • 1 teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon  mild curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon  yellow miso paste*
  • 1/4 teaspoon  cinnamon

This soup has a wonderful exotic feel to it. The broth is especially flavorful, so be sure to have toast on standby so you can soak up every last drop!


Add the onions and ¼ cup of the water to a medium-sized pot and cook over high heat until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the broth, yam, and remaining water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cook until the yam is almost fork-tender, about 3 minutes.

Immediately add the kale and remaining ingredients and cook, stirring frequently, until the kale is dark green and soft, about 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.


*Note: Miso paste comes in different varieties — white, red, yellow, and brown. White and red misos can be used as a substitute for yellow miso, but for this recipe, avoid brown miso, which has a stronger flavor. You can usually find it in the refrigerated section of the supermarket, next to salad dressings.


Calories per serving:

143 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Fat Low Fat Abs, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 6g 10%
  • Carbs 85g 28%
  • Saturated 1g 4%
  • Fiber 24g 94%
  • Sugars 13g
  • Monounsaturated 1g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 21g 43%
  • Sodium 1,035mg 43%
  • Calcium 633mg 63%
  • Magnesium 233mg 58%
  • Potassium 3,082mg 88%
  • Iron 9mg 52%
  • Zinc 3mg 23%
  • Phosphorus 480mg 69%
  • Vitamin A 1,791µg 199%
  • Vitamin C 431mg 719%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 41%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 36%
  • Niacin (B3) 5mg 26%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 80%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 524µg 131%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 8mg 42%
  • Vitamin K 2,385µg 2,981%
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