Cabbage Koottu (C'bge in dal and coconut gravy)

Cabbage koottu is a simple and tasty side dish for rice. Besides the cabbage, dal and coconut are the main ingredients. The only difference in the cabbage koottu when compared to other koottu recipe is the addition of asafoetida. In other koottu recipes, like the snake gourd variant there is no asafoetida though any one is free to experiment according to their taste.

This is one of my favorites and i get nostalgia about my childhood days in Valparai when i prepare this...if you ask me the reason, i really dont know...:-) sometimes it is 'just like that'


cabbage - 500 gms
dal (toor or chana or moong) - 4 tbsp

coconut - 5 tbsp
cumin - 1/2 tsp
small onion - 4
green chilly - 2 or 3

turmeric - 1/3 tsp
asafoetida - 1/2 to 3/4 tsp

for the tempering

oil - 1 1/2 tsp

mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
curry leaves - 1 or 2  sprigs
whole red chilly - 2 or 3 (broken)

salt to taste

the method

Par boil the dal in a pan. Add the shredded cabbage, turmeric and salt and give a quick stir. Meanwhile grind the cumin, small onion, green chillies and coconut to a coarse paste using about 2 or 3 tbsp water. Add the coconut paste into the cabbage and stir. When almost done add the asafoetida and stir. Take care while adding the asafoetida because the pungency differs based on the brand. Add 1/2 tsp and taste the koottu and add the balance 1/4 spoon as'da only if need be. Turn off heat when the cabbage is done. Check salt.

Heat oil in another pan and add the mustard followed by curry leaves and broken red chillies. Pour the tempering over the cabbage, stir and cover it. Serve the cabbage koottu with rice and sambar or rasam or whatever you prefer.


Kurryleaves said…
perfect with rice..yummy
Amina said…
Koottu looks delicious...yummy..
layaa said…
lovely kootu looks yummy...
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Jay said…
sounds healthy roshan...absolute delicious..;)
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Hamaree Rasoi said…
Kootu look so delicious and mouthwatering.

Hamaree Rasoi
hi roshan, cabbage is so nutritious, i like your way of cooking it..for a change from my way :)
Cabbage kootu would be perfect with just plain rice with ghee dear..yummy yum yum:)
divya said…
Wow looks yummy and delicious ....
Priya said…
Love kootu simply with rice and lemon pickle..delicious!

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