I love to sleep. In fact my husband is jealous of my sleep, more so when he is prone to even slightest of disturbances like neighbor’s barking dog. I agree barking dog could give many of you sleepless nights especially when other stray dogs decide to join the party and all these canines end up howling and whining entire night for no reason. I do not get disturbed by these unearthly howls and still manage to get sound sleep.
There are days when I miss my alarm due to my sleep and find myself behind by almost an hour in my daily regime and as I have to cook for mine and hubby’s lunch, I find myself with very little time and space to experiment. On such days I often resort to “quick veggies”, you know the types that don’t demand your attention; you just toss them in the pan, throw in some basic spices and it gets ready!!
I often resort to stir fry cabbage with Chana dal (split Bengal gram), when I have very little time. This preparation does not warrant your attention and if you are like me, who likes to prep up your veg preparation by chopping and storing them in Ziploc bags then you definitely have managed to cut on the time. I agree that shredding cabbage is the toughest part, even tougher than making the actual vegetable and I plan to make a blog post on how to shred a cabbage very soon. You can make use of food processor if you want to make your job easier; however I prefer doing it with knife.
This preparation of Stir fry Cabbage is also known as “Upkari”. In Konkan Upkari is a name given to any vegetable preparation that is stir fried, with mustard, chilies, and asafoetida and garnished with freshly grated coconut. These are basically prepared as the side dish to accompany the main course, but folks at my home prefer this side dish more than the mains. This preparation also holds significant place in religious offerings that is offered to deity in Hindu puja, because as per Hindu belief, we offer deity sattvic (something that is pure) food, that does not have onion and garlic in it. This recipe is minus onions and garlic and hence can be included during Hindu Puja. You would also love to make this as a quick lunch box recipe for your kids as it takes very little time to make, and has immense health benefits. It also helps to lose weight quickly; hence you can include it in your crash diets.
- 500 gm shredded cabbage
- ½ cup chana dal (split bengal gram)
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- ½ tsp asafoetida
- Curry leaves
- 4 green chilies finely chopped
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 cup grated fresh coconut
- Cooking Oil
- Soak Chana Dal for 1 hour in water and drain it before cooking.
- Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, asafoetida and green chilies and fry them for 1 minute.
- Now add soaked chana dal to the pan and fry it.
- Chana dal takes about 3 minutes to get cooked. Now add turmeric powder and fry it for 1 minute.
- Add cabbage to the pan and mix them all well.
- Cook cabbage covered on low flame using steaming process.
- Cabbage gets cooked in 25 minutes. Your cooking time may vary based upon quantity taken.
- Now add salt as per taste and mix it well with vegetable.
- Add grated fresh coconut and mix it well. Stir fry cabbage is ready to be served.
- Stir Fry Cabbage is ready
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