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Cabbage paruppu usili in steel bowl.
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Cabbage Paruppu Usili

A delicious Tamil recipe for a cabbage side dish flavored with a few simple spices and lentils.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: Indian, Indian Vegetarian, Tamil
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 93kcal



  • Soak the chana dal and toor dal for 30 minutes or more. Drain and add to a blender with the cumin, asafetida, chilies, sambar powder and turmeric. Add salt to taste and using just enough water to keep the blades moving, blend into a smooth paste.
  • 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.
  • In a cast-iron or non-stick skillet, heat the oil.
  • 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.
  • Add the cabbage and some salt. Stir-fry the cabbage on medium heat until it is beginning to get tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Now, with your fingers, crumble the dal paste into the skillet over the cabbage.
  • 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.
  • Check salt and turn off heat.


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg