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5 from 2 votes

Cabbage Paruppu Usili

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


  • ½ head cabbage , finely shredded
  • 1 tbsp vegetable 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
  • Salt to taste


  • 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.