Simple Meals for Lent :: Vary amin'anana

 Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS

This recipe was submitted by Catholic Relief Services.   "Sample the food of the Operation Rice Bowl featured-countries with your family and friends by preparing a simple, meatless recipe shared with us by the people we serve around the world. "

Vary amin’anana
from Madagascar

Hot rice served with fresh greens and juicy tomatoes. A dash of ginger makes this a fragrant and delicious dish.  


  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ small onion, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 3 cups collard greens, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups water
  • salt, to taste


Heat oil in a medium pot. Add onion, ginger, and tomato. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes, until tender. Add greens and stir for 1 minute. Add water and bring to a boil. Add the rice and salt. Cover and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes or until water is absorbed.

Makes 4-5 servings

Catholic Relief Services' agriculture programs in Madagascar help farmers in the poorest communities improve their harvests using environmentally sensitive techniques. For more information please visit Operation Rice Bowl. Pin It


  1. A good recipe! A very tasty dish! I love this!

  2. what a great idea to demonstrate to my kids we are all in this together.
    Happy Lent!