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Cabbage rice

cabbage rice
Give me any vegetable and I mix it with rice to make a quick lunch box item. We both enjoy these lunches and V is very happy to find a different one, each time in his box. Well, he really likes some of them more than others and asks me to repeat them, but I would have forgotten the recipe by then. I decided, no matter how simple they are, I will post them here so that I can make them or even V can make them.

Here is one that we enjoyed a lot. I was bored of simple stir fry, dal using cabbage. So this dish was born.

1 cup cabbage
1/4 cup onion
1 cup rice
4-5 curry leaves
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds

Spice paste :
1/2 tea spn chana dal
1/2 tea spn sesame seeds
1/2 tea spn coriander seeds
1 tbl spn coconut
4-5 red chillies
1 tea spn chopped ginger

Cook rice such that each grain is separate. Keep it aside till it is cooled.
Heat oil and add chana dal, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, coconut, red chillies. Grind with ginger to a coarse paste.
Heat Ghee/oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add curry leaves. Add onions and cabbage, Add the paste, mix well. Add salt, 1/4 cup water(only if required, most cabbages leave lots of water while cooking, so be careful). Cover and cook till cabbage is done. Switch off the heat.
Add cooked rice and mix well.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 25mins

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  • Smita September 12, 2009, 9:22 pm

    Shilpa I love your recipes for their simplicity yet great taste. I will definitely try this one in a time crunch. By the way I have heard you saying “V” very often. Can I ask his full name, just curious, and also as V is the inspiration for so many of your posts. Thanks :)

  • Taste Corner September 12, 2009, 10:19 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    How are you? Your cabbage rice looks awesome.Will definitely give a try. I have been blogging for quite sometime and I was checking all my old blogger buddies and found you!!
    Anyways..Keep in touch…I have to come back to read all the other recipes that I missed from your blog!!
    Happy Blogging

  • Aruna September 13, 2009, 12:59 am

    Its been a while i made cabbage rice. Son prefers upkari. Need to try with the spice paste.

  • sig September 13, 2009, 1:09 am

    Hey shilpa, love the cool new look! Sorry, haven’t been here in a while, haven’t been blog hopping much lately.

  • AshaLatha R.K.Prasad September 13, 2009, 7:31 am

    Looks good. I remember my school days, when I would get to eat my lunch at break, I would get to taste other kids tiffin too. I had then eaten similar & many more in varieties. My mom then hardly knew any cooking. We had just come down to Bangalore from Mangalore. It had been only the traditional Mangalorean cooking then. Now she (mom), even me to some extent, where she is an expert now, know different preparations.

    Thanks for helping me reminisce my childhood memories & taste.


  • Pragyan September 13, 2009, 9:19 am

    Hi Shilpa, Love the new look of your blog. This recipe has your trademark – simple yet out-of-this-world. Other than jeera rice and plain rice, hardly make any other rice prep. This sounds yummy. Will store to make some day..sounds like a wonderful one-meal wonder!

  • Supriya September 13, 2009, 5:36 pm

    Hey Shilpa, Love this simple tiffin recipe!

  • Jyoti September 13, 2009, 8:25 pm

    I make cabbage rice too..loved the addition of coconut in it.

  • Niharika September 14, 2009, 3:39 am

    I am from karwar & I am searching for the classical “bisibelebath”recipe. searched many sites but didnt find any appropriate.
    your recipes seem typica,easy and tasty. kindly post the recipe for the same if you have one. thank you!!

    • Shilpa September 14, 2009, 8:44 am

      Its already on the site under rice items.

  • kalpana September 14, 2009, 4:05 am

    i will try with the spice taste.

  • Preeti September 14, 2009, 9:23 am

    Very new to me. Sounds interesting, will definitely give a try. Love the new look of ur blog:)

  • Niharika September 14, 2009, 7:26 pm

    i just wanted the bisibelebath masala that can be prepared at home…as i have difficult in accessing to indian groceries where i live.
    thank you

    • Shilpa September 14, 2009, 8:03 pm

      Bisi bele bhath and masala. The bisi bele bhath recipe is under rice items, this post has a link to the masala recipe.

  • Gauree September 15, 2009, 2:24 am

    Easy and nice simple recipe like it … sure will try this one

  • esaiselvi September 15, 2009, 5:32 am

    Easy and simple one,sounds good.will try one day.you can visit my blog,view all the recipes and give ur comments.

  • Cynthia September 15, 2009, 9:21 pm

    Love the new colour scheme. I have to give that cabbage rice a try sometime.

  • sujata September 16, 2009, 11:35 am

    shilpa, do u have recipes for chicken franks (chicken meat in a thick roll form, available in any super market)
    these franks are good for easy and fast cooking, esp. for children.
    pls post the recipe for chicken franks/frankies if u can.
    It is also called chicken sausages… i hope you know it.

    • Shilpa September 16, 2009, 11:56 am

      Sujata, as I had already replied to the your query, I will check my collection. As of now, I don’t have the recipe.

  • Amarendra September 16, 2009, 11:52 pm

    Cabbage rice is a very good example of one dish meal. Thanks Ma’am.

  • Ashwini September 17, 2009, 2:44 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for the kind words and comment you left on my webpage. Gracias!
    I will try Caggabe Rice some time. Unique dish.


  • s September 20, 2009, 3:05 pm

    Great way to use the many cabbages piling up in my kitchen…love ur blog..

  • Sahana September 20, 2009, 9:36 pm

    Very Nice receipe.I tried it out.Came out very well.Thanks :-)

  • Divya October 3, 2009, 7:31 am

    just tried it…nice. thanks.

  • Bageshri October 6, 2009, 3:20 am

    Dear Shilpa,

    I frequently make similar version of all your quick rice dishes but with Dalia instead of rice. Dalia is a healthy substitute to rice and makes a lovely ALL IN ONE meal since it has Dalia which is broken wheat. I add a lots of veggies and can be served with plain curd or raitas.

  • Panna October 7, 2009, 3:19 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Just tried this recepie & it came out quite well…thanks!

  • rachana September 22, 2010, 11:51 am

    hii shilpa,very nice recipe..just loved it:)above bageshri has mentioned abt dalia instead of rice..can u pls explain abt it..in one of ur recipes u hav told abt dalia as hurkadle..m soooo confused nw..wts dalia…pls clear ths for me…in the grocery store i ve seen dalia which is used in porridges…so m totally confused..plss help

    • Shilpa September 22, 2010, 12:49 pm

      Dalia that I have used is Chana Dalia. I think some form of broken wheat is also called dalia(not very sure, remember reading it somewhere).

    • Chetana October 5, 2011, 3:16 am

      Hi Rachana, I know this is late. I have heard from some of my NorthIndian friends calling Dalia for Crushed Wheat or broken wheat.

  • priya June 15, 2011, 10:43 pm

    hi , i love your website. tried this cabbage rice .was simple but very yumm. thank you for the recipe

  • Sailaja May 22, 2012, 7:58 pm

    Hi Shilpa

    I am a regular visitor to your blog and have been trying your recipes. Today I made this cabbage rice for my husband’s lunch box, he absolutely loved it. I even got my sis-in-law hooked on to your website. Just thought I will leave this thank you note for helping us in being creative yet healthy with our food.

  • Dinesh May 23, 2012, 5:40 pm

    Cabbage rice!!!! I can only laugh at myself so loud :-):-) When I came to USA over 30 years ago, I was 100% illiterate in cooking (what with 4 sisters at home and then N years in hostel). Not even a cup of coffee. So, I bought a 2 Qt pan, added 1/2 cup rice, 1 cup chopped cabbage, 1 cup water, some arbitrary spices such as pepper or tabasco sauce (all I could get in that small town), salt, and boil for 20 minutes. Then eat with yogurt. Next day, same thing – but instead of cabbage, radish.

    Until some kind soul like you wrote to me (yes, no email those days) with recipe for upma and chicken curry. She also told me that cooking is not chemistry where things have to be titrated accurately. My culinary experimentation began, and has not ended.

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