Cabbage Paruppu Usili
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A delicious Tamil recipe for a cabbage side dish flavored with a few simple spices and lentils.
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Tamil
  • ½ head cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp udad dal (black gram dal)
  • Soak together for an hour: ¼ cup chana dal (bengal gram dal) and ¼ cup tuvar dal
  • Place the dals in a blender, add enough water to keep the blades moving, and grind to a fine paste along with:
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • A generous pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 1 tsp sambar powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  1. Remove the dal paste to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. The paste would be cooked on top. Turn over with a spoon so the uncooked paste on the bottom is now on the top and microwave 2 more minutes.Set aside.
  2. In a cast-iron or non-stick skillet, heat the oil.
  3. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When they sputter, add udad dal and stir, allowing the dal to brown lightly, about 30 seconds to a minute.
  4. Add the cabbage and some salt. Stir-fry the cabbage on medium heat until it is beginning to get tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Now, with your fingers, crumble the dal paste into the skillet over the cabbage.
  6. Continue to stir-fry the cabbage until it is quite tender but has a slight bite, and the dal dumplings are a couple of shades darker.
  7. Check salt and turn off heat.
  8. Enjoy!
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