Here is the much awaited Blogging Marathon #5 and I have chosen to blog under the theme 'Curry in a Hurry'. We are always looking for ways to finish off cooking as soon as possible, right? Specially when the temperatures start climbing and staying in the kitchen becomes more of a torture than pleasure, cooking in a hurry makes a lot of sense, don't you all think? So here all this week, I will attempt at cooking curries under 30 min. Hope you all will take a peek and enjoy the flavors!!

Here is the recipe for Day one. I got this recipe from a friend, Vani. Thanks Vani for a wonderful recipe. Though I didn't cook the way she suggested, I stuck to her recipe for the most part to cook under 30 min.

Cabbage Masala

Ingredients - 

Cabbage, finely chopped  2-3 cups
Onions , finely chopped 1/2 cup
Tomatoes, chopped 1 cup
Ginger - Garlic paste 1 tsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp 
Cloves 4 
Cardamom seeds from 2 pods
Cinnamon 1/2 inch piece (I used a pinch of cinnamon powder)
Salt as per taste
Coriander leaves for garnish
Seasoning (Oil 1-2 Tbsp, Jeera 1/2 tsp)

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated sauce pan, add a teaspoon of oil and saute the onions until translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste and tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are mushy.

Meanwhile powder the cloves, cardamom pods and cinnamon using a mortar-pestle or a spice grinder. Keep it aside.

Remove the cooked onion-tomato mixture and make a paste upon cooling. 

Clean the sauce pan and put it again on medium heat. Add the remaining oil and saute the jeera. Add the ground onion-tomato paste, turmeric, red chilli powder and clove-cardamom-cinnamon powder cook till oil oozes out. 

Now is the time to add the finely chopped cabbage and mix well. [In fact I had semi cooked the cabbage for 4-5 min in the microwave to make it even faster.] Also add in the salt as per taste, cover with a lid and let it cook for about 7-8 min. [I am told that the whole mixture can be cooked in a rice cooker to get a pulao feel to the curry! - I chose not to do that as it won't get done in 30 min :)]

Cabbage Masala

Remove from fire and garnish with coriander leaves just before serving.

Tastes great with Roti/Naan or even with steaming  hot rice. I felt it tasted even better with curd rice :)

Now time to take a peek at what my fellow Marathoners are cooking as part of BM#5 

Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Cool Lassi(e)MeKalyaniPriya MahadevanSuma
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Priya SureshVeena,
Seven Days of Indian Sweets: ShylajaSrivalli
Seven Days of Regional Specials: Priya Yallapantula
Under 15 mins Quick Breakfast:AarthiVaishali

Preparation Time 25 min
Serves 3-4 Adults
Posted by Harini on Monday, May 9, 2011


  1. wonderful looking cabbage masala...

  2. Srivalli Says:
  3. We normally make without the ginger garlic paste..will add it next time and see..glad you are making in a hurry will be so useful..:)

  4. divya Says:
  5. This is so irresistible! Looks very awesome...

  6. Usha Says:
  7. Curry looks great! I follow similar recipe but i don't grind the onion. Looking forward to more curry recipes. Even I chose the same theme and am doing it next week.

  8. wonderful!!a lttle different from what we the idea of using the mortar for spices:))

  9. Shylaja Says:
  10. Cabbage masala looks delicious.The recipe will surely come handy when we are in a hurry.

    South Indian Home

  11. Suma Gandlur Says:
  12. Bagundi. Another cabbage dish which would be useful when a gravy is preferred. I usually go with cabbage sagu when using onion - tomato mixture but never tried using a garam masala version.
    I too have a cabbage post planned for this BM. :)

  13. Aarthi Says:
  14. This looks so good...It is very healthy too..will surely give it a try and let me know what you think..I am gonna follow you

    If you have time just check my blog and follow me..

  15. Unknown Says:
  16. thats a good and easy one Harini...I love it with chapathis too!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  17. aipi Says:
  18. The color is so nice ~ I am a great fan of cabbage n this curry looks inviting!
    US Masala

  19. Cabbage masala looks delicious. Excellent preparation. Loved the chapatis as well.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. Priya Suresh Says:
  21. Delicious masala,just need some rotis to enjoy..

  22. Unknown Says:
  23. Love it harini, beautiful color.

  24. Sobha Shyam Says:
  25. Looks very delicious..first time here..lovely collection of drop at my space when time permits..glad to follow u :)

  26. Inviting curry & very comforting too

  27. Simple and lovely looking curry..
    Breakfast Club - Pancakes - Roundup

  28. Unknown Says:
  29. Hi Harini, thanks for your comments on my Dal Banjari :)

    Just wanted to answer your question about the difference between Dal Makhani and Dal Banjari - Dal Makhani is a combo of "Whole Black Urad Dal and Red Kidney Beans", but Dal Banjari is a combo of "Whole Black Urad Dal and Split Bengal Gram Dal". Hope that helps :)

  30. Looks fabulous! very quick and scrumptious too. Happy to be running BM#5 with you. I have chosen the same theme too. :)

  31. Kalyani Says:
  32. looks good.. never added masala to cabbage poriyal. probably making it this way will reverse of the fortunes of this veggie so hated at home !! he he :-) LoL

  33. Love the touch of spices and tasty cabbage.

  34. Vardhini Says:
  35. Cabbage masala looks yummy ..


  36. veena Says:
  37. cabbage curry looking so irresistible is rare!!!!!!!!should have tasted yummy too:-)

  38. Ceska Says:
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  40. Archana Says:
  41. Curry looks good. I am eagerly following you of your hurry curries.

  42. Jayashree Says:
  43. This is my fall back recipe whenever there is a time crunch.

  44. Unknown Says:
  45. cabbage is not a fav in our home with the kids, but I really love it in many forms - Your red presentation looks really appetizing!

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