Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cooked Cabbage (Indian Style)

I grew up in a house where cabbage was boiled until it was limp and beyond recognition. Then, an entire head of cabbage was cut in half, put in a shallow bowl, drizzled with Velveeta, and served to you as dinner. It's no wonder I thought cabbage was horrible.

But, it's not. It's absolutely delicious when prepared well. And here is one unusual way to prepare cabbage deliciously.

 Cooked Cabbage
Indian Vegetarian Cooking at Your House

1 1/2 T vegetable oil
1 tsp mix of cumin, mustard, and sesame seeds
1/2 c onion, chopped
2 T cilantro, chopped
2 tsp cumin (ground)
cayenne pepper to taste (1/4 - 1 1/2 tsp)
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garam masala
4 c raw cabbage, shredded
water, as needed

In a large saucepan, heat oil. Add seed mixture and heat until seeds pop. Then, add onion and cilantro. Saute until onion is soft. Add all remaining ingredients, including enough water to keep the mixture from sticking. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 10-15 minutes, until cabbage is only slightly crunchy.

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