Friday, February 8, 2008

Cabbage Dhal Kootu

This is a recipe I tried from Mallika Badrinath's cookbook and really liked. It has a nice flavour and is slightly different from the usual kootu recipes and pairs really well with Chapathis. It's also super easy to whip up and something I make very often.


Cabbage - 2 cups, chopped
Whole Green Mung Dhal - 1/3 to 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Tomato - 1, small or half of a big one, chopped
G. Chillies - 3, slit
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt, to taste
Oil - 1 tsp

To Grind: (with a splash of water)
Coconut - 2 to 3 tbsp, shredded
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Sombu (Ani seeds/Saunf) - 1/4 tsp

1) Pressure cook the green mung dhal for about 3 whistles or till soft.

2) Meanwhile cook cabbage with some salt on the stove. When done, add the cooked mung dhal.

3) In a separate pan, heat oil and saute onions, g. chillies till light brown and then stir in the tomato, chilli powder and salt. After a few minutes when the tomatoes turn mushy, add this mixture to the cabbage + dhal mixture along with the ground coconut mixture.

4) When this boils, simmer, cover and allow to cook for about 5 to 10 minutes or till desired consistency. Serve with chapathis or rice.


  1. Looks really healthy and yummy

  2. I love her recipes too, looks delcious Laavi!:)

  3. looks very tempting, laav! will definitely try this one, u know @ my liking for moong ;)
    enjoy ur wknd...

  4. Appears to be easy. Looks yummy.

  5. delicious....i like mallika badhrinath..but her north-indian recipes seem too similar to me and use a lot of south-ingredients...saying that..i have 4 of her books :D

  6. Hi lavanya....
    Hope this is my first vist to ur blog....Got ur blog url form ur blogger friends....Ur blog recipes are realy colourful....YUM!..

  7. You know I've never thought of putting cabbage in dhal. Thanks for the idea.

  8. cabbage and dal is a yummy combo lavanya , love to eat this with chapathi

  9. Looks yummy, cabbage is one vegggi that goes dals nicely. Will try this tonight with chapathis.

  10. Hey Laavanya ..This is a healthy one ..

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  11. Hey Laavanya,
    I have 2 of MB's tiny books. I've never made anything from them though 'cos I need to see what the end product looks like before I make something, and her books don't have pics.:)
    Everytime I buy cabbage, I make the same old cabbage thoran...can never think of anything else! This sounds interesting.
    Green moong is something i rarely use and I have this dabba full of it that has almost never been used from such a long time back that I don't even remember!

  12. Good one Laav. New combo for me cabbage & moongh dhal.
    I have most of MB's book - but i am also like TBC, need to see the picture before i decided to make it... Without it i hesitate as no idea on how end product will look :-)

  13. It is different as you said Laavanya. Very spicy too. Viji

  14. This is the third cabbage recipe I am seeing today, what is going on? Is there an event I don't know about? :) Looks great Laav, I only make thoran with cabbage, good to see so many different ways of using the veggie.

  15. really healthy and delicious..i make the same one too....pic looks yummy.thanks for sharing

  16. I love moong as well as cababge and both here make a deadly combination. If only my husband loved both as much **sigh**

  17. one more way to make cabbage... will bookmark... thanks :-) how have you been?

  18. Thank you Sreelu & Asha.

    Sure Richa.. :) Yes I do.

    It's fairly straightforward Uma. Thanks.

    I know what you mean Rajitha.. I have about 3 of her books too.. there only some of her recipes that I follow to the dot.. but use the books to give me some inspiration/ideas.

    Sukanya, thank you so much for your sweet words.

    Thank you Happy Cook.

    Cynthia, my mom used to make kootu where cabbage and yellow mung dhal come together but it's quite different. It's a good combo though.

    Thank you Sagari.

    Madhu, thanks.. hope you got a chance to try and like it. Let me know.. :)

    Thanks Deepa. Have sent you an email.

    TBC, Cabbage thoran is really yummy but A likes something gravy based for chapathis.. hence I tried this and it went good. Do try sometime.

    Seema, haha.. well now you have the pic of the end product :)

    Thank you Viji & Shanti.

    Really Sig? I hadn't noticed... and I can understand that. cabbage thoran is pretty good.

    Thanks Dhivya.. that's good to know.

    RedChillies, I hear ya.. surprisingly my husband liked the combo in this dish. Not a huge cabbage fan otherwise.

    Raaga, good to see you. Thanks, am doing fine.. Hope all's well with you.

  19. I have never tried cabbage kootu with whole moong and saunf...thanks for sharing a new kootu variety

  20. Very different and unusual recipe for me,will definitely try this out.

  21. I make cabbage kootu too but with channa dal. Adding mung dal is so different. Thanks for sharing it.

  22. Hi Laavanya,

    I've blogged your Kootu as a model recipe in the 1001 South Indian
    curry cookbook at

    /Thanks for the detailed recipe


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