- Cabbage350 Grams
- Sesame Oil2 Tablespoons
- Pearl Onions7
- Green Chilies2
- Curry Leaves12
- Mustard Seeds1/2 Teaspoons
- Husked Black Gram1 Teaspoons
- Turmeric Powder1/4 Teaspoons
- Asafoetida1 Pinch
- Water1/4 Cups
- Grated Fresh Coconut4 Tablespoons
- Coriander Leaves2 Tablespoons
- Saltto taste
1) Peel off the cabbage and remove the top skin; then rinse the cabbage in running water.
2) Cut the cabbage into quarters and blanch the quartered pieces in hot water for about 20 minutes; chop the cabbage finely.
3) Pour 2 tbsp of sesame oil in pan and bring the pan over medium heat. Let the oil get hot.
4) Reduce the heat to low and then add half a teaspoon of mustard seeds in the oil; let the seeds crackle.
5) Add a teaspoon of husked split black gram in the pan and saute the lentil until it changes its color and become maroon. Saute the mixture over low heat so that you don’t end up burning it.
6) Add quarter a cup of pearl onion slices in the pan; then add 12 curry leaves along with 2 chopped green chilies; saute the mixture for about a minute.
7) Finally add quarter a teaspoon of turmeric powder along a pinch of asafoetida; mix well so that the spices get well incorporated in the mixture.
8) Now add the chopped cabbage in the mixture and add salt according to taste; stir well.
9) Then add quarter a cup of water and mix well again.
10) Cover the pan with a lid and cook it over low heat so that the cabbage is well cooked; do check the mixture after every 5 minutes and stir it well.
11) Add more water if the already present water gets dried and the cabbage is not cooked yet.
12) Cover the pan and cook well again so that the cabbage is well cooked and there is no more water in the pan.
13) Add 3 tbsp of grated coconut in the pan and mix well again.
14) Finally add a couple of tablespoon of coriander leaves and give it a final mix.
15) Serve cabbage poriyal warm with any Indian rice.
Cabbage Poriyal is a mildly spiced veggie main dish that originally hails from the Southern part of India. Poriyal recipes go great along with some rice and I often pair both of them. I added pearl onions in the recipe but you can always skip them. The recipe features sesame oil but you can replace it with peanut oil or sunflower oil. Instead of green chilies, you can add dry red chilies in the recipe.