While in the south of India, I often enjoyed a cabbage curry flavored with fresh coconut. It was so delicious, and I am still trying to replicate it, so here is my best attempt. This coconut cabbage curry that I made is a close second, and though it is different, it is delicious in it’s own right.
I love cabbage. It’s so cheap, full of antioxidants, and can be eaten raw or cooked. When you buy a head of cabbage, you have so much cabbage, you can eat cabbage for days! And if you love cabbage as much as I do, that is a good thing.
I am currently carrying around Indian spices in my backpack, so I can cook Indian food at any given moment, but if you cannot find these spices to make this recipe, never fear, you don’t need them.
To keep this recipe simple, easy, and traveler friendly, all you really need is cabbage, coconut milk, and a little salt. But if you happen to have some cumin or cumin seeds, that would really add depth to this dish, and if you are in SE Asia or have brown mustard seeds, from an Indian market perhaps, then you will really really enjoy this dish!
Since discovering this recipe, I have made it twice. The first time I served it alongside some Indian dal (lentils) and rice, and today, I ate it with a baked sweet potato.
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Whichever way you choose to serve this cabbage, it is easy enough to make with just a few ingredients, and is ready in about 15 minutes. Enjoy!
- 1 head white Cabbage
- 1 can Coconut Milk
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp cooking Oil
- ½ tsp Brown Mustard Seeds (optional)
- ½ tsp Cumin Seeds (optional)
- ½ tsp Garam Masala (optional)
- Chop the cabbage into thin strips and set aside.
- Heat some oil in a frying pan.
- If using spices, add the spices to the oil and saute for 2-3 minutes careful not to burn them.
- Add the cabbage, and stir for another minute.
- Add the can of coconut milk, and bring the dish to a low simmer. Be careful not to heat to coconut milk too much, it will burn!
- Saute the cabbage until it is tender.
- Add some salt to taste, and enjoy!
What would you serve with this dish? Have you ever had South Indian cabbage curry?