Cabbage as many of us are aware, is known for its numerous health benefits. It is sturdy, abundant and also inexpensive and widely cultivated in many parts of the world. It has the capability to detoxify and cleanse the human body. In addition to its cancer-preventive phytonutrients, cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is also a very good source of fiber, manganese, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Also has vitamin B1, B2, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, and protein. Though the nutritional profile looks very good, there are a few things to consider before eating cabbage. Cabbage causes flatulence and also reduces the absorption of iodine. So people who suffer from thyroid disorders - beware of cabbage!! and Flatulence can be reduced by adding cumin (jeera) or fennel (sounf) to the recipe. But eaten in moderation it should be a good addition to our diet. Here is a way to cook it...

Ingredients -

Chopped Cabbage 3 cups
Turmeric - a pinch
Ginger 1 inch
Coconut (grated or powdered) 3-4 tsp
Green chillies 2-3 nos
Jeera 1 tsp
Coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Seasoning (oil, chana dal, urad dal, mustard seeds, dried red chilli, curry leaves)

Method of Preparation -

In a skillet on a medium-high flame, heat some oil and add the seasoning.

After the mustard seeds start crackling, add finely chopped cabbage, turmeric and saute them for a minute.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of water, cover and let it cook for 10-15 min or until the cabbage is cooked.
(Alternatively, Chopped cabbage could be microwaved for about 7-8 min or pressure cooked and added)

Add the paste of Ginger, Coconut, green chillies, jeera and coriander leaves.

Add salt and mix for a couple of minutes.

Switch off the flame Serve hot with Chapati or Rice.

Serves 3 Adults
Preparation Time 25 min

Posted by Harini on Wednesday, March 17, 2010


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