This is an easy and tasty stir-fried cabbage side dish!
I first tried this fantastic stir-fried cabbage dish at the wedding for a friend.
His best man was from Kerala and had organised a full traditional Indian spread for the party. I talked the caterers into giving me this quick and easy stir-fried cabbage recipe.
The chef introduced me for the first time to term tempering. He told me how tempering was used in many Indian food recipes. Tempering is a way of bringing out the flavour of spices by frying them for about a minute in oil or ghee. It is an important part of creating the delicious flavour of this stir fried cabbage and here I would like to show you how it is done.
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- 1 red chilli pepper finely chopped or cut into rings
- 2 Tablespoons desiccated and toasted coconut
- 1 head savoy cabbage (Outer leaves removed) finely chopped
- salt and pepper
- FOR THE TEMPERING
- 2 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil
- About 20 fresh or frozen curry leaves
- ½ red onion finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon black mustard seeds
- 1 Tablespoon white cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
- 1 Tablespoon urad dhal rinsed
- Place the toasted coconut, chopped onion, green chilli, salt and pepper and about three tablespoons water into a food processor and blend into a thick paste. Set aside.
- Heat the ghee or oil in a large wok or frying pan with a lid over medium heat.
- Then add all of the tempering ingredients and fry for one minute. The mustard and cumin seeds will begin to pop.
- Add the chopped cabbage and reduce the heat to medium.
- Pour in the coconut paste and cover.
- Let cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until the cabbage is just cooked and voila… A nice meal in minutes.
I really hope you enjoy this traditional Indian stir-fried cabbage dish. The coconut gives it a taste that is all its own!
I love the flavour of coconut in vegetable dishes which seems to be so popular in Indian cuisine. Why it never really caught on in Western cooking I haven’t a clue. Perhaps as Indian food continues to increase in popularity, it will.
This stir-fried cabbage is quite mild so it is the perfect accompaniment to spicier Indian curries like Lamb Rogan Josh and Rabbit Vindaloo. I served it the other night with suckling pig.