This makes me sound and feel very old, but a long long time ago, there was a fad to follow the Cabbage Soup diet… for those who remember that terrible diet that miraculously zapped all those extra pounds can relate to my comment when I say, that I have absolutely hated, abhorred Cabbage and Cabbage Soup ever since ! 🙂 I think it scarred me for life. The only way I can eat cabbage now, is if I can disguise that ‘cabbagy’ flavour ……
This recipe is for all the cabbage haters like me …. this is one of the versions of cabbage that I do enjoy.
Turmeric Ginger spiced Cabbage and Peas
Half a Cabbage, chopped / sliced into bite size pieces
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 green chillies, finely chopped (adjust to taste!)
2 inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1/2 tbsp ginger powder
1 tbsp garam masala
1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
2 tbsp oil
2 cups frozen peas
1 cup crushed tomatoes and salt to taste.
Heat the oil in a pot, add the cumin seeds and as soon as they start sizzling, add the ginger, the onion and the green chillies. Saute until the onions soften and start to turn golden in colour. Stir in all the spices and the crushed tomatoes. If it starts to stick at the bottom or looks too dry, add half a cup of water and stir well. Let this cook for 30 seconds, stirring all the time and adding more water (1/2 cup at a time) to avoid the mixture sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Reduce the heat to low. Stir in the cabbage and the peas. Mix well, cover the pot and let this simmer until the vegetables are fully cooked. I don’t like to over cook mine as I enjoy a little crunch in my cabbage, but the flavour works well whether crunchy or soft.
You may need to sprinkle half a cup of water half way through the cooking process if its too dry.
There’s so much that you can do with the leftovers, that this is one side dish worth having in the fridge all the time!!
Try toasted sandwiches / panini with this and add a little bit of grated cheddar on top just for it to work as a glue in the sandwich. Its amazing with a cup of tea for breakfast!