Cabbage with Lentils/Cabbage Kootu

Cabbage kootu or stew is an all time favorite of mine. It is subtle with a hint of Indian spices and loaded with protein in the form of two types of lentils. This is what i call comfort food.  Its healthy, almost oil free and can be put together in less than 30 minutes. This is my go-to recipe when I don’t have time to make an elaborate meal. You can pair it with rice or roti. Bottle gourd chutney can be a great accompaniment to this kootu.

cabbage kootu


1/2 medium size cabbage finely chopped

1/3 cup split Bengal gram/ Channa dal

1/4 cup yellow moong dal

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro leaves

3/4 teaspoons mustard seeds

2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon split black gram/urad dal

1/4 teaspoon asafetida powder

2 dry red chillies

4 curry leaves

1 teaspoon oil

3 tablespoons grated coconut

3 green chilies



1. Soak Bengal gram/channa dal in 1/2 cup of water for about an hour.

2. Take cabbage, moong dal, turmeric powder and channa dal in a bowl, add enough water and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Remove from heat and let it  cool.

3. While the cabbage and lentils are getting cooked, grind together coconut, 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds and green chilies into a smooth paste by adding little water.

4. Heat oil in a pan and once its hot, add mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, urad dal and dry red chilies and fry for a minute. Add asafetida and curry leaves and fry for 30 seconds.

5. Add the cooked cabbage/dal mixture to the above. Add salt and ground coconut paste and mix well.

6. Let it cook on medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes.

7. Turn off heat, add chopped cilantro leaves and mix well.


2 thoughts on “Cabbage with Lentils/Cabbage Kootu

  1. Dear P – thank you so much. Your recipes are always so easy so much so that I make them the same day you post them. Today i made this recipe as I had some cabbage and did not know what to do with it. The recipe turned out yummy!. I will be taking it for my neighbor who just had surgery. I am sure she will be happy to try some great tasting vegetarian food from my kitchen:).
    Thanks for sharing! Your recipes are REAL!!

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