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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.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
50 mins
1 hr
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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

204 calories; protein 4.7g; carbohydrates 29g; fat 7.9g; sodium 749.1mg. Full Nutrition