Indian Sabji Recipe


This is the traditional way to prepare most vegetables in the part of India my husband is from. You can substitute other vegetables into this recipe as well: eggplant and potato, or cauliflower and potato, or peas and carrots. Serve with flat bread, dal, and jeera rice.

close up view of Indian Sabji garnished with fresh herbs in a bowl
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon red chile powder

  • ½ head cabbage, sliced

  • 2 potatoes, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup water, or as needed

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste


  1. Heat canola oil in a wok over medium heat. Cook and stir cumin and mustard seeds in the hot oil until they begin to dance, 1 to 2 minutes. Add coriander, turmeric, and cayenne pepper; cook about 1 minute.

  2. Stir cabbage, potatoes, ginger-garlic paste, and salt into spice mixture; stir to coat. Pour enough water into wok to steam vegetables; cover and cook, stirring occasionally and adding more water as needed, until potatoes and cabbage are very tender, about 45 minutes. Remove from heat; sprinkle vegetables with cilantro.

Cook's Notes:

Cayenne pepper can be substituted for the red chile powder. If you don't have ginger-garlic paste, just use equal parts fresh ginger and garlic and mash it up.

To make jeera rice, heat about 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. When hot, add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, fry for a minute. Add 1 cup of basmati rice. Stir to coat and let it fry for a minute or 2. Add 2 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. When the water boils, cut it down to low and cook, covered for 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

204 Calories
8g Fat
29g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 204
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 749mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 76mg 381%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 744mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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