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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cabbage - Sesame Seeds Curry

Recipe Source: Deepthi

My husband comes from a large, close-knit family and is the youngest one among nine siblings. Some of his nieces and nephews are older than me and so obviously, they are our contemporaries than being the next generation. Though I am the youngest daughter- in-law in our family, there have been many DILs after me since M’s nephews got married in the recent years. Those girls are like my younger sisters because of the little age gap between us.
These new cooks and the experienced ones in our family who like my idea of preserving family / traditional recipes keep sharing recipes with me. It becomes more interesting when recipes come from people who have different regional backgrounds than me.
This particular recipe is also courtesy of a relative. I truly enjoyed this different dry version of cabbage curry and thought of sharing it today. 

4 cups chopped cabbage
1 small lime sized tamarind
3 Tbsp sesame seeds
6 red chillies
For tadka: 2 tsp oil, 1 tsp chana dal, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, a pinch of asafoetida, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, few curry leaves
1/2 cup shredded fresh coconut (optional but recommended)
1/2 tsp sugar (optional)
Salt to taste

* Soak tamarind in about 1/4 cup of water until it softens. Or place the tamarind along with water in a microwave for 2 - 3 minutes. Squeeze the thick tamarind juice and keep aside.
* Slightly toast the sesame seeds and red chillies. Let cool and powder them.

* Cook the cabbage adding about 2 Tbsp of thick tamarind juice in a pressure cooker. Sprinkle some water also if needed or if you think the cabbage may burn. If the variety of cabbage you get leaves a lot of water when cooked then sprinkle only a little water.
* Add oil in a pan and add the tadka ingredients in the order mentioned. When the dals start turning reddish, add the cabbage, salt, sesame seed powder, coconut and sugar if using. Mix well and cook for a couple of minutes more. Turn off the stove.
* Serve with rotis / rice.

1. Actually I did the tadka in a pan and then cooked the cabbage adding tamarind juice. It takes longer this way because of the sour ness of tamarind I guess and surely doesn't qualify for the "curry in a hurry" theme. Then I came to learn that the cabbage is cooked in a pressure cooker in this recipe.
2. If you don't own a pressure cooker, then follow this method to cook it faster. Heat the oil to a pan / kadai and add the tadka ingredients. When the dals start turning reddish, add the chopped cabbage and cook covered on low flame until done. Then add the tamarind juice, coconut, sesame seed powder, salt and sugar if using. Mix well to combine and cook for a few minutes more for the flavors to mingle.
3. Also the original recipe did not have the coconut or sugar. 

Check what the other marathoners in BM#5 are cooking today.

Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Cool Lassi(e), Harini, Kalyani, Priya Mahadevan along with me
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Priya Suresh, Veena 
Seven Days of Indian Sweets: Shylaja, Srivalli  
Seven Days of Regional Specials: Priya Yallapantula  
Under 15 mins Quick Breakfast: Aarthi, Vaishali



harini-jaya said...

Wow! Chala bagundhi..Pedda family unte ilantivi enno advantages, kaadantara?? I am so making this soon..we have just begun to like the sesame taste in curries!

vaishali sabnani said...

love anything with tamarind ..n another fav ..sesame..wow thnx to u r relative for sharing.n ofcourse u r modified version looks tempting!

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks perfect and delicious dear :)

Akila said...

what a yummy curry...

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Happy Cook / Finla said...

Love cabbage, it reminds me of the school lunch box, though my love for this vegg is not shared by my hubby and daughter so i never make them, love the way this one is made. With tamarind in cabbage that i have never had.

Raji said...

Lovely combo of ingredients Suma..this is one tongue pleasing dish. Love the way u presented this.

Vardhini said...

Got to try this one out. Looks yum.


Aarthi said...

WOW this sounds interesting..will try soon

Hari Chandana said...

Very nice and aromatic recipe.. looks inviting :)
Indian Cuisine

Prathibha said...

9 siblings??thats quite a big family then..u ppl might b having fun when u meet naa...lovely cury,perfect wid rice

Mom Chef said...

Love the colour of the pic .. Tamarind and sesame in cabbage is new to me ...

Prathima Rao said...

Love the flavor of sesame in this & cabbage is one of my fav veg!!!
Prathima Rao
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Latha said...

Nice blend of flavors....looks lovely.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Yum, love the picture as usual. And yes, suma, I have had heard about kova kajjikayalu and they should taste similar, but I guess the minor difference would be that in kajikayalu, we add sooji a bit (at least we do) and add coconut. Isn't it?

Pavani said...

Adding sesame seeds is an interesting twist to cabbage curry. Looks delicious. Love your steel kadai :-)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Thanks for that info on kova kajjikayalu :)

veena krishnakumar said...

pic too good Suma:-) love the addition of sesame

Priya said...

Quite a delicious and fabulous curry,love the addition of sesame seeds,wonderful..

Nitha said...

Perfect and delicious..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Lovely curry! They look really tempting with the addition of sesame seeds!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Adding sesame seeds to cabbage is an interesting one!


SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wonderful curry !! love addition of sesame seeds !!

Gexton said...

Very nice thanx keep share like this with us hulled sesame seeds