Thursday, December 2, 2010

Creamy Cabbage and Mixed Veg Curry

This was very tasty (note the spoon, poised and ready to attack). I wish I had a better picture for you, but I was hungry, we all were. I served this over rice and everyone gobbled it up.* The hubster and I love cabbage, I realize that there are a great many people with the opposite opinion. As always though, I urge you..if you don't like a vegetable....make it into curry. :) I haven't found a vegetable yet that I didn't like in curry. This dish is also creamy due to the coconut milk in it, and for me that makes it a comfort food. I've made it in the crock pot before and the smell of it cooking on a cold night drives me nuts.

What you need
1 TBS oil

1/2 tsp turmric
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne

3 potatoes scrubbed and diced

1 tsp minced ginger
3 cloves chopped garlic

1 bag shredded cabbage (coleslaw mix)
1 cup mixed peas (or mixed frozen veggies, I prefer all peas)
1 cup chickpeas
1/4 cup of water

1 can of coconut milk
dash....or two of nutmeg

Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the next six ingredients and cook for one or two minutes until fragrant, stirring to avoid burning.

Add the potatoes and cook for five minutes. Stir in garlic and ginger and cook another five minutes.

Add the cabbage, veggies, chickpeas, and 1/4 cup water. Lower heat to medium low and cook covered for 15 minutes. Stir and cook another 15 minutes.

Add the coconut milk and nutmeg and cook uncovered for about 5 minutes or until heated through. Taste and add more salt and cayenne as desired. Serve over rice.

*To be fair, my daughter only gobbled up her portion after throwing herself on the ground, covering her eyes and exclaiming that (horror of all horrors) there were cooked carrots in her dish........she doesn't like cooked carrots (obviously). We discussed the proper and improper (ehem...tantrum) way of dealing with foods we don't like. After picking out all of the carrots and trying a bite she declared the curried cabbage very tasty.
Why even mention it? Because, while my kids do eat a variety of foods, there are also foods they don't like, and I respect that. Can my daughter still get a very balanced diet without cooked carrots? Certainly! Now if she starts avoiding an entire food group I'll reevaluate our tactics. For now, the try a bite rule works very well. Also, I've heard it said before, "but your kids eat everything"....oh so far from the truth! My kids try everything, when it is healthy and they like it, I encourage them to eat more of it. It also encourages me to keep putting the healthy foods on the table that they actually like.


  1. OooooOOooo! good advice about the veggies and curry. I will have to do that more. Funny you mention cabbage, I made a salad with cabbage and everyone said, "I can't believe I am eating cabbage!" lol I suppose I have to agree, I don't like raw cabbage :P but i do like it cooked!

  2. Sounds like something I'll cook this week end.

  3. oh my goodness this sounds soooo good and I love cabbage-well cooked at least. Now I have even more reason to go peruse the new indian grocery.

    even better other than the garam masala and cabbage it's all stuff I keep on hand

  4. Amanda,I agree cabbage has a bad wrap. I think more adults would do well to follow a one bite rule. :)

    Grace and Lilac, I hope you enjoy it!

  5. I made this recipe (kind of) over the weekend. It was cold and I had cabbage! I made it into a soup. I put in more of the ingredients and used water than the coconut milk. I only had one can left and wanted it for another recipe.
    The spices really made it! I made cornbread with it and my husband and I really liked this. I try the original recipe this month. I have to drive forever to get the garam masala so I didn't use that ingredient but it was still really really good!

  6. Grace, I'm so glad that you and your husband enjoyed this! I bet it's yummy as a soup.


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