Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

Cabbage kootu recipe | Muttaikose kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry recipe | Cabbage pappu kura


Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal recipe | Muttaikose kootu recipe | Cabbage pappu koora/kura recipe with detailed step-by-step photos and health benefits.

If you are craving some hot comfort food this winter, you should try this South Indian cabbage dal curry at home. The weather is turning cold in San Diego, and I love freshly prepared desi-style food for lunch.

warm bowl of rasam rice with cabbage kootu along with a dollop of ghee on top is absolutely divine. This simple combo is a super comforting and soul-satisfying meal. I would devour any time of the day.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

This healthy cabbage dal curry is made with chopped cabbage, onion, tomato, moong dal, channa dal, curry leaves, cilantro, and spices. Cabbage kootu is a flavorful stew with hot steamed rice, roti, chapati, and phulkas. Similarly, it is an excellent choice for everyday lunch, parties, and lunch boxes. 

Kootu is a stew made of spiced lentils, vegetables, and coconut. The word kootu is from Tamil vocabulary, which means "add," i.e., vegetables added with lentils. You can include any type of vegetables like chayote, zucchini, cabbage, pumpkin, bottle guard, spinach, etc. Kootu can be made with or without coconut as well.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

kootu has a semi-thick consistency and is creamy in texture. Kootu is a wholesome side dish recipe and tastes very delicious with rice; it even goes well with roti and chapathi.

Cabbage is rich in fiber, and lentils/dal is a good source of vegetarian protein. The combination is absolutely nourishing and makes a wholesome meal. This is a must-try side dish. I have already posted different types of kootu on my blog. Check them out!

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

Heath benefits of moong dal:

1. Moong dal has a low glycemic index.
2. Yellow moong dal is rich in iron and potassium. 
3. It helps in lowering blood pressure and reduces muscle cramps.
4. Moong dal is packed with essential minerals like potassium, magnesium, copper, and iron. 
5. It also contains fiber, Vitamin B6, and loads of high-quality protein.
6. It helps to control diabetes and is suitable for weight loss
7. Moong dal is rich in iron and folate.
8. It is suitable for digestive health.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

Health benefits of cabbage:

1. Cabbage helps in weight loss.
2. It is rich in iron and sulfur.
3. It improves digestion.
4. It controls blood pressure.
5. Prevents acne and gives clear skin.
6. It promotes good eye health.
7. Boosts immune function.
8. High in Vitamin C.
9. Reduces cholesterol.
10. It is brain food.
11. Strengthens teeth and bones.
12. It cures constipation.
13. Good for the heart.
14. It contains Vitamin A, which helps in hair growth.
15. Rich in Folic acid.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

Recipe - Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal recipe | Muttaikose kootu recipe


Serves - 4
Cuisine - South Indian
Region - Tamil Nadu
Course - Side dish
Prep time - 5 mins | Cook time - 25 mins | Total time - 30 mins
Diet - Vegan & Vegetarian
Author - Pavithra
Publisher - Pavi's Kitchen

Cabbage dal ingredients:

Cabbage - 1 small or 2 cups chopped 
Red onion - 1/2 cup diced
Water - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1 tsp/As per taste
Cilantro/Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup chopped
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

For pressure cook:

Moong dal - 1/4 cup
Channa dal - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Water - 2 cups

For tadka/seasoning:

Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Channa dal - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 10
Green chili - 1
Red chili - 1
Hing/Asafoetida - A pinch

How to make cabbage dal:


1. Wash the cabbage, slice it in half, chop it finely, and transfer it to a pressure cook container.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

2. Rinse the moong dal and channa dal in water and drain the water completely.  Put the dal, turmeric powder, and a tsp of oil along with the cabbage.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

3. Pour 2 cups of water.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

4. Boil the ingredients in a pressure cooker for 15 mins or till the dal is cooked.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

5. In the meantime, heat coconut oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, let them crackle, and saute channa dal, urad dal, curry leaves, red & green chili, and hing or asafoetida until it turns aromatic.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

6. Throw in some diced onion and sprinkle some salt. Saute till the onion turns translucent.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

7. Put some chopped tomato and saute. Let it cook for 5 mins.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

8. Now, add the cooked dal cabbage mixture into the pan and combine it well.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

9. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and salt to the dal and simmer for 10 mins.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

10Pour half a cup of water if the consistency is too thick. Combine and let the dal come to a gentle boil. Stir the dal while cooking so that the lentil mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

11. Mix well and boil the cabbage dal/kootu for 5 minutes.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

12. Switch off the flame and garnish the cabbage dal with cilantro.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe

13. Cabbage dal or cabbage kootu is ready with rice and roti.

Cabbage kootu recipe | South Indian cabbage dal curry | Muttaikose kootu recipe


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