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Indian Spiced Cabbage

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 to 6

Here, warming notes of garam masala, freshly grated ginger, and a bit of red chile turn a head of cabbage into a satisfying side dish. If you like things spicy, use a super-hot chile, like a Scotch bonnet.


  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs. canola oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into medium dice
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, mashed to a paste with a pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1-1/2 tsp. freshly made or store-bought garam masala; more for finishing
  • 1 fresh hot red chile, such as Thai bird, Fresno, or serrano, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 large head green cabbage (about 3 lb.), outer leaves discarded, halved, cored, large ribs removed, and chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 12 cups)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 190
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 110
  • Fat (g): 12
  • Saturated Fat (g): 5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 20
  • Sodium (mg): 260
  • Carbohydrates (g): 16
  • Fiber (g): 6
  • Protein (g): 3


  • In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat until it begins to brown and smell nutty, about 4 minutes. Add the oil and heat for 1 minute. Add the onion and cook until softened and browned, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, garam masala, chile, turmeric, and 1 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until the chile softens, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the cabbage, stir well, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with more salt and garam masala. Serve immediately.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • Harsha_Paul | 08/24/2018

    Most of my childhood memory includes getting yelled at by my mother, punampaul.com and eat your veggies; but I used to pay no heed to it. However as time passes, most of us come around to eating vegetables as we are aware of the countless benefits they have for our health.

    Cabbage is especially one of the world's most nutrient dense vegetables readily available for us to enjoy, rich in essential vitamins such as C, B6, K, saturated fat, thiammin, calcium, iron, magnesium phosphorus and a good source of dietary fibers.

    But I never liked any cabbage recipe other than in noodles.

    This cabbage recipe when I tried at home was not really appreciated by my family but it was really yummy too. Thanks for sharing this delicious preparation.

  • parus55 | 09/07/2017

    This is a definite keeper. I made a half-recipe for myself and my husband. We didn't have any chilis, so used a dab of curry chili paste instead, and grew in a tsp of cumin seeds with the spices. So good and easy to make!

  • happiness329 | 07/04/2012

    Excellent cabbage recipe! Wonderful and full of flavor. I accidently let it cook too long and it carmelized (thank goodness for non-stick), intensifying the flavors. My husband asked me to make it again and he's usually indifferent about vegetables.

  • gardeninggertie | 01/04/2012

    delishous! I will make again and again

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