How to Make Cabbage Masala (Spicy Cabbage Curry)

Updated on January 13, 2020
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Cabbage masala (spicy cabbage curry)
Cabbage masala (spicy cabbage curry)

Why Cabbage Masala Is My Favorite

Anyone who knows how healthy and delicious cabbage is will want to eat it all the time. Cabbage has abundant dietary fiber, folates, copper content, vitamins, and proteins. When cooked with other vegetables and spice combinations, cabbage dishes are wonderfully appetizing.

Here, I made cabbage and mung dal (moong dal) spicy curry that is very healthy and delicious. You can serve this side dish with plain rice, flatbreads, rotis, chapatis, pancakes, etc. This yummy curry has the goodness of both cabbage and moong dal (de-husked split green gram).

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: A bowl of cabbage masala curry

Ingredients

  • 1 heaped bowl cabbage, diced or chopped
  • 1/2 cup onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 cup moong dal or de-husked split mung dal, soaked in water for 10 minutes
  • 2 green chilies, slit lengthwise and cut
  • 1/4 teaspoon or more red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon split bengal gram or chana dal
  • 1/4 teaspoon white lentils or urad dal
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar, to balance the sourness
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt, or as per taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

Instructions

  1. Soak moong dal (split mung dal) in water for 10 minutes. Strain it and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Throw in mustard seeds, cumin seeds, split chickpea, white lentils, and curry leaves. Saute them on low heat until the mustard seeds splutter. The lentils should become golden.
  3. Add diced onions and slit green chilies. Continue the sauteing until the onions become transparent and pinkish.
  4. Now, add the chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook for a while or until tomatoes become soft (but not mushy).
  5. Throw in the chopped cabbage. Add salt and turmeric powder. Mix well. Stir-cook the mixture for 3-4 minutes. Add the soaked, de-husked split mung beans (moong dal). Continue stir-cooking until the mixture becomes a bit dry.
  6. Add some water. Mix well. Cover the pan and cook on low fire till the veggies and lentils are cooked. This step may take about 7-8 minutes.
  7. Open the lid. Add red chili powder, sugar, and the remaining salt. Throw in half of the chopped coriander leaves. Mix the contents and saute for 2 minutes. Turn off the fire.
  8. Transfer the curry to a serving bowl. Garnish it with the remaining chopped coriander leaves.
  9. Spicy cabbage curry or cabbage masala is ready to serve! Use it as a side dish for flatbreads, plain rice, rotis, pancakes, and more. Enjoy the taste of crunchy cabbage!

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Step one: Saute mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, split chickpea, and white lentils in oil till the mustard seeds sizzle.Step two: Add chopped onions and slit green chilies. Continue sauteing till the onion turns transparent and pinkish.Step three: Add chopped tomatoes. Continue stir-cooking for 3-4 minutes or till tomatoes become soft (but not mushy).Step four: Throw in the chopped cabbage. Stir-cook with the other veggies for 3-4 minutes. Step five: Add salt and turmeric powder. Mix well.Step six: Add soaked yellow lentils (moong dal). Mix and cook for 3-4 minutes or till the mix becomes a bit dry. Add a cup of water.Step seven: Cover the pan. Cook on low fire for 7-8 minutes or until the veggies are cooked properly.Step eight: Add red chili powder.Step nine: Throw in remaining salt and some sugar.Step ten: Add some chopped coriander leaves and mix. Stir-cook for two minutes. Transfer the curry into a serving dish.Cabbage masala or spicy cabbage curry is ready!
Step one: Saute mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, split chickpea, and white lentils in oil till the mustard seeds sizzle.
Step one: Saute mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, split chickpea, and white lentils in oil till the mustard seeds sizzle.
Step two: Add chopped onions and slit green chilies. Continue sauteing till the onion turns transparent and pinkish.
Step two: Add chopped onions and slit green chilies. Continue sauteing till the onion turns transparent and pinkish.
Step three: Add chopped tomatoes. Continue stir-cooking for 3-4 minutes or till tomatoes become soft (but not mushy).
Step three: Add chopped tomatoes. Continue stir-cooking for 3-4 minutes or till tomatoes become soft (but not mushy).
Step four: Throw in the chopped cabbage. Stir-cook with the other veggies for 3-4 minutes.
Step four: Throw in the chopped cabbage. Stir-cook with the other veggies for 3-4 minutes.
Step five: Add salt and turmeric powder. Mix well.
Step five: Add salt and turmeric powder. Mix well.
Step six: Add soaked yellow lentils (moong dal). Mix and cook for 3-4 minutes or till the mix becomes a bit dry. Add a cup of water.
Step six: Add soaked yellow lentils (moong dal). Mix and cook for 3-4 minutes or till the mix becomes a bit dry. Add a cup of water.
Step seven: Cover the pan. Cook on low fire for 7-8 minutes or until the veggies are cooked properly.
Step seven: Cover the pan. Cook on low fire for 7-8 minutes or until the veggies are cooked properly.
Step eight: Add red chili powder.
Step eight: Add red chili powder.
Step nine: Throw in remaining salt and some sugar.
Step nine: Throw in remaining salt and some sugar.
Step ten: Add some chopped coriander leaves and mix. Stir-cook for two minutes. Transfer the curry into a serving dish.
Step ten: Add some chopped coriander leaves and mix. Stir-cook for two minutes. Transfer the curry into a serving dish.
Cabbage masala or spicy cabbage curry is ready!
Cabbage masala or spicy cabbage curry is ready!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 198
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 32 g11%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 10 g40%
Protein 8 g16%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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