south indian cabbage

south indian cabbage

serves 4

4 tbsps veg oil
a generous pinch of ground asafoetida
1 tsp brown mustard seeds
1 tbsp yellow split peas (urad dal)
5-6 fenugreek seeds
2-3 dried red chilis
10 fresh curry leaves or fresh basil
340g green cabbage, cored and shredded
1 tsp salt

Put the oil into a large wok or frying pan and set over medium-high heat. When hot, add asafetida.  A second later, add mustard seeds - as soon as they start to pop (a matter of seconds) add fenugreek, whole red chillies and urad dal. Allow the dal to turn red and the chillies to turn dark, then put in the curry leaves and the cabbage. Give a few quick stires. Add salt.

Stir and cook for one minute, then cover, turn heat to low and cook for 6-8 minutes until cabbage has wilted (you might need to add a sprinkling of water). Uncover, taste for seasoning, stir and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

ETA that I don't bother with curry leaves or basil, and usually put in about half a cup of water. I don't add salt either, other than a little ground on at serving time, and generally put a few kalonji seeds in with the mustard seeds. It works with any sort of cabbage, but IMO Savoy work best, hard white least well.

1 comment to this

skydancer said on 16 Jul 2007 at 15:26:17:

We've never bothered with curry leaves or basil (and I can't really see the latter working, either). We also tend to more split peas and fenugreek seeds than the recipe suggests. Experiment! This works for us though; it's become one of our quick and tasty staples if we have cabbage in the house.

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