Friday, 1 August 2014

Cabbage Stir Fry: Full of Indian Flavor

By: Urvashee Patel

My family comes from the Indian state of Gujarat where cooking a traditional meal involves a rice dish, lentil soup, roti or flat bread made from scratch, and one or two vegetable dishes. Even though I prefer one-pot meals, I can see the value of this full meal and so will occasionally make it. It’s healthy and encompasses all the food groups. Cabbage stir-fry is usually my go to vegetable dish. It cooks fast and involves few ingredients. More importantly, everyone loves it so there are no complaints at the dinner table!
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We like the crunchy texture of the cabbage. The stir-fry also includes some of the most beneficial spices used in Indian food. Turmeric is full of antioxidants and is great for fighting cancer, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. Asafoetida is great for digestion. A little pinch of these spices goes a long way.
The most time consuming part of this dish is chopping the cabbage and slicing the carrots. You can skip the carrots if you like, but I think they make the dish look more appealing with their pop of color. Once everything is cut, the dish comes together in just 5-10 minutes.
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If you're serving a big curry dinner, this works well as a side dish too. The crunch offers a great contrast of texture, and the spices compliment most curry dishes, vegetarian or not, really well.
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