Feb 13, 2007

Cabbage Palya

Cabbage Palya
Palya in Kannada is a stir fry or some dry dish. My mom used to make simple cabbage upkari or Konkani stir fry I posted a few weeks back. It is a simple dish chopped cabbage cooked in a seasoning of mustard, jeera, green chillies & curry leaves. This is good on its own, but I wanted to glorify it a bit. I kept searching on the net for different recipes and also happened to see my friend Seemas Mom-in-law making cabbage palya with kasoori methi.
This is what evolved out of a combination of recipes.

1 medium size cabbage
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp jeera/cumin
1-2 green chillies
1 sprig curry leaves

optional, all or any of the following
2 tbsp chana dal
2 tbsp tender green peas
1 tbsp kassori methi

Soak chana dal for an hour or half, was ans drain. Finely chop cabbage and set aside. Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok and splutter mustard & jeera, fry chopped green chillies and curry leaves. Add chana dal and fry till for 2 minutes. Add the cabbage and salt, mix well, Add little water and cook on medium flame. Take care not to over cook the cabbage and not to end up with any excess water. When the cabbage is almost cooked, add tender green peas and kasoori methi. Mix well and keep stirring till everything is cooked evenly and all the water is evaporated. Adjust salt.

I did not have tender green peas when I made this palya the last time. Hence its missing in the picture. You can use all or none or a combination of chana dal, peas and kasoori methi.

Serve with chapathi or rice and dal.

Note: Do not add more water when cooking cabbage. It looses texture if overcooked. You can add little quantities of water as needed.

12 comments:

Asha said...

Hi Manjula,I make this too but without Kasuri Methi.We love this with Chapatis.Looks great as usual.Have a great V'day tomorrow!:))

Sia's corner said...

this is my 1st option when i dont have time to make any side dish for chapaties... love it with green peas:)

Linda said...

Hi Manjula,

Ever since I started cooking Indian food, I love cabbage (I never used to). Thanks for sharing this recipe - it looks delicious! I am going to try with the chana dal and kasuri methi :)

Mallugirl said...

nice variation to a cabbage recipe.

TS said...

Nice and healthy! I like Cabbage a lot...must try this with Kasturi methi.

thanks Manjula.
trupti

Sangeeta said...

Hi Manjula,

Never tried adding Kasuri Methi to cabbage. That is such a wonderful idea. Definitely going to give it a try.

Seema said...

Cabbage palya love this one. With peas or with little potato or just as is it is just good. Isn't it.
Happy V day

Melting Wok said...

hey Manjula, thanks for dropping by my blog, I've check out your spinach recipe, looks really good. By the way, great way to cook your cabbage this way, I usually do mine with some small tiny dried shrimps and tumeric, ok, time to dip up those methi leaves sitting in the freezer hehe, thanks for sharing, cheers !:)

padmaja said...

Simple and delicious. I make caabbage similar way

maheswari said...

I love cabbage..palya looks great..looks like a perfect side dish..will try soon..

Pinky said...

Hi Manjula,

I've been an admirer of your blog for a while now. I tried your Dalitoy (daal) recipe and now I make it every couple of weeks - simply delicious! This cabbage dish looks a treat too - very similar to a gujerati dish I normally make at home, look yummy!

Pinky

VJ said...

I tried the cabbage palya and it turned out great! Thank you so much for the recipe