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Cabbage Stir Fry
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Patta Gobhi Ki Sabzi | Cabbage Stir Fry

Healthy & simple sautéed cabbage with cumin seeds and turmeric
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: dinner, Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 100kcal


  • 1 lb green cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons moong dal optional
  • tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder or 1 small green chili chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped for garnish


Optional Step:

  • Soak the mung dal in ¼ cup of hot water while you prep the cabbage

Prep cabbage

  • Cut the head of cabbage in half. Then take one half and place it with the flat side down on the cutting board and thinly slice the cabbage into long strips. Then cut the strips in half. Chop about 6 cups of cabbage

Instant Pot Recipe

  • Set the Instant Pot to saute mode and heat oil. Add cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle. Turn Saute off. Add turmeric, red chili powder, and cabbage. Add salt and mix. Add water and layer the soaked dal on top. NOT: Do not mix as the dal can stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Close the lid and cook for 1 minute followed by quick release. Press cancel and open the Instant Pot. Mix well and garnish with cilantro

Stove Top Recipe

  • In a large nonstick pan heat oil. Add cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle. Add turmeric, red chili powder and cabbage, salt, and soaked mung dal. Mix well and cook covered with the lid on for 5 minutes on medium heat
  • After 5 minutes taste and if the texture is good for you, turn the heat off and enjoy the cabbage. If you like it cooked soft, mix well and cook covered for another 5 minutes



Cabbage Stir Fry Variations:

  • In India, cabbage is chopped finely and the sabzi soft cooked. But you can also cut the cabbage coarsely or cook it just enough so it still has little bite and crunchy texture.
  • Red chili powder in this recipe can be skipped altogether or substituted with chopped green chili. Add more or less depending on your spice preference
  • This recipe also works with red/purple or savoy cabbage

My favorite recipe spins to this cabbage stir fry

  1. Add a cup of green peas along with the cabbage for a delicious Cabbage with peas or Patta Gobhi Matar Ki Sabzi
  2. Add a medium potato diced small along with the cabbage an Instant Cabbage with potatoes or Aloo Patta Gobhi
  3. Diced tomato along with cabbage for a bright tangy taste
  4. A cup of shredded or finely diced carrots for a pop of color and a hint of sweetness


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 608mg | Potassium: 259mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg
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