Cabbage Rice

Posted by Beyond Curries | Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | , , , , , | 25 comments »

Vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower have earned a bad reputation because of the smell it emits while it is cooking, but unsually I have always liked both! My grandmother used to add either cumin or ginger while cooking these vegetables to reduce the pungency to some extent. So if you are one among the cabbage haters, then you have got to try this rice recipe and I bet you'll develop a soft corner for the poor vegetable. The recipe of Cabbage Rice is from Mallika Badrinath, a renowned chef in Tamil Nadu with lot of cooking shows on TV and has written a lot of cookbooks. I think this recipe aired on TV in the late 90's. I missed the show, but my grandmother had watched it and prepared the rice the very next day and since then it has been a regular in our house. Off this flavourful Cabbage Rice goes to Nag's MM-Ravishing Rice, an event initiated by Meeta.

Cabbage Rice

Cabbage Rice
Prep & Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes.
Serves: 2-3 people
Recipe Source: Mallika Badrinath
Cooking Level: Beginner/Easy
Recipe/Post by: Madhuram
¾ cup Rice (Sona Masoori/Ponni Raw rice)
1½ cups Water (rice to water is 1:2)
2 drops Oil

For the Masala:
¼ cup Coconut, grated
1 tbsp Dalia/Pottu Kadalai or Cashew Nuts
1 bunch Coriander Leaves/Cilantro, chopped
½ tsp Khus Khus/White Poppy Seeds
2 Cloves
1 small piece of Cinnamon
1 Green Chili, medium size

For the Curry:
3 cups Shredded Cabbage
1 Onion, medium size, julienned
1 Green Chili, medium size
One pinch Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Salt (or as per taste)


1 tbsp Oil
½ tsp Mustard Seeds
½ tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Chana Dal/Split Chickpeas
1 tsp Urad Dal/Split Black Gram
3-4 Curry leaves (if you have in hand)
A pinch Asafoetida/Hing

Special Utensils:

A Pressure Cooker

  1. Wash the rice a couple of times and drain. In a small pressure cooker add the rice, water and oil; close the lid. Once the steam escapes, put the weight and leave it for just one whistle, switch off the gas and remove the cooker from the stove. Oil is added to prevent the rice from sticking to each other.
  2. While the rice is cooking in the cooker, in a mixer grind together the ingredients for the masala adding little water. It should be a smooth paste.
  3. Take a big pan and do the tempering. Then fry the onions and green chilli. Add little salt while frying the onions to quicken the process.
  4. Then add the ground masala paste and fry it for another 2 minutes (adding very little water if it sticks to the pan). Add the shredded cabbage, turmeric powder and salt. Sprinkle some water and close the lid. The cabbage will cook in about 5-7 minutes. Add some more water if the curry starts sticking to the pan.
  5. Once you are able to open the cooker, transfer the rice to a big wide plate and separate the rice using a fork. Let it cool for about 5 minutes, so that the rice won't be sticky.
  6. Now add the rice little by little to the cooked cabbage curry and mix it with the back of a spatula (my grandmother's tip, so that the rice will not break or become mushy). I have a big wooden fork, so I use that when I make mixed rice like this.
  7. Serve it with raitha/yogurt pachadi and chips.

Special Notes/Tips:

  • You can use basmati rice also, but the ratio of rice to water will be different. If you are using par boiled rice, the ratio of rice to water will be 1:2 and ¼, but the same one whistle will be perfect.
  • Add cashews fried in little ghee to make it more rich.
  • The more the coriander, the better the taste.
  • We don't eat spicy food, so you may want to increase the quantity of chilis if you prefer it very spicy.

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  1. Kalyani // 20 May 2009 at 05:28  

    this is a very new recipe to me madhu .... will try this .. bookmarked .....

  2. A_and_N // 20 May 2009 at 09:04  

    I'm going to try this!

  3. jayasree // 20 May 2009 at 09:44  

    I too follow MB's recipe. Your bowl of rice is droolworthy.

  4. Alka // 20 May 2009 at 11:00  

    sounds interesting and looks inviting, i love both cabbage and cauliflower, so no complaints :-)

  5. Chitra // 20 May 2009 at 12:25  

    Yes , we used to add ginger while cooking cabbage.cabbage rice is new to me.Have bookmarked it:)WIll try this weekend and tell u.Have lots of cabbage at home:)

  6. Vcuisine // 20 May 2009 at 13:36  

    Very natural Madhu. Nice presentation. Viji

  7. rekhas kitchen // 20 May 2009 at 14:23  

    yummmy recipe looks so mouthwatering nice pic.

  8. Anonymous // 20 May 2009 at 16:56  

    Nice to see this new site which aggregates posts. Look and feel is really neat!

  9. Sia // 20 May 2009 at 17:21  

    Madhu, the beauty of this recipe is the ingredients used that mellows/hides the smell and taste of cabbage and turns it into one flavoursome dish. Thank you for posting the recipe by one of my fav food book authors :)

    Roma, this is a team blog created by group of bloggers where we share basic indian recipes to help our readers who are interested in learning Indian cusine. it doesn't aggregate posts as you thought :)

  10. Home Cooked Oriya Food // 20 May 2009 at 17:43  

    Lovely recipe. Lovely site...
    Will be watching this space...

  11. Anonymous // 20 May 2009 at 18:09  

    Pic makes me to drool.I used to make this rice with more spices with out cilantro.will try ur version.

  12. Ramya Vijaykumar // 20 May 2009 at 19:18  

    Nice picture!!! Awesome dish, I tried this rice from Mallika's book and it did turn out well...

  13. Pooja // 20 May 2009 at 20:35  

    Lovely and delicious rice! I love both cabbage n I'm going to definitely give this a try.

  14. indhu // 20 May 2009 at 21:28  

    quick and delicious rice... a must try recipe!

    - Indhu (

  15. Ramya's Mane Adige // 21 May 2009 at 08:33  

    delicious!!! the lush green color is looking beautiful

  16. anudivya // 22 May 2009 at 04:04  

    Madhuram, I would have thought you would have made this with brown rice ;)
    I wonder if the green would have come out beautifully as it did with yours.
    Nice job.

  17. Khaugiri // 22 May 2009 at 07:22  

    It's new to me .... will try this now.

  18. meeso // 23 May 2009 at 02:51  

    I love cabbage and will eat it prepared so many different ways... I have to bookmark this!

  19. Vani // 24 May 2009 at 05:41  

    Sounds delicious, Madhu!!

  20. Anisheetu // 24 May 2009 at 15:53  

    first time to ur blog... u have a nice collection.. ...Wonderful recipes... great click... :)

  21. egglesscooking // 25 May 2009 at 09:31  

    Anu, I have not tried this recipe with brown rice and I don't know why? Thanks for bringing it up.

  22. maddy // 5 August 2009 at 07:03  

    Tried this recipe today madhu.... it was awesome.... the aroma from cilantro was too good and the spices also blended really well... will be making it quite often!! Thanks!!

  23. chaitanya // 9 October 2009 at 00:44  

    Thank you so much!

    I tries it and its just delicious!!

  24. rafithahira // 2 November 2010 at 13:22  

    wow ... just now i tested ur recipe its zuiet delicious thanks a lot

  25. Sketchy Self // 29 December 2011 at 06:08  

    Just tried this, turned out great. Thank you!