Coconut and Cabbage are a marriage made in heaven since the coconut’s sweetness compliments the cabbage really well. Usually in South Indian cooking, coconut is used in pretty much every dish . I wanted to make a quick-lunch for myself and something sumptuous enough that could satisfy as a good lunch and not make me feel sleepy. That’s right sleepy… how many times has it happened to you that you eat a good lunch and after that the clock starts moving really slow and things take twice as long to do . Happens to me every Friday and Friday’s are worst because right at 3 pm on a Friday when I think… my work weekend is done, someone will wake up with an issue and considering that I work in Professional services, everything has to be done at that moment and then Friday is gone.
But recently I have changed my lifestyle a lot and give work and home a 50:50 attention so neither of them get ignored to the worst extent as I used to do it before and give work 100% attention. I have realized in the years to come, that we have to work smart within the 8 hours in the day and if things are not completed , they can be done the next day always and is not worth taking too much stress about it. However that does not mean that you wait until the last-minute to do something.
Alright enough about work and now onto how I ended up with cabbage being cooked every week at home
I never used to like cabbage as a kid because I thought it used to smell nasty and later in years to come, I realized that my mom’s cook used to over cook it always and it used to end up smelly weird. Later on , as I went to study for my undergrad and stayed in a hostel, I started hating cabbage because of the way , cabbage was cooked in my hostel canteen and at one point , there was a stage where I would run if I saw a cabbage and the few months that I stayed at home after my under graduation , my mom never cooked cabbage understanding my hatred for it.
Then I came to US as a student and one of my grad friends invited me to lunch and served me some store brought coleslaw and to my amaze, I really loved it. After that, I would regularly eat coleslaw when I could find it. I don’t know what it was , whether it was the overload of mayonnaise or sugar but it was truly tasty. So I just stuck to eating cabbage in coleslaw and never ventured out of that comfort zone until I got married.
What an irony !!!!. Favorite Vegetable of DH is Cabbage.. Oh my God… Forgot to ask that question during the arrange marriage questionnaire round. Well still would have chosen DH regardless as my better half always. DH needs to eat cabbage once a week so I must have a cabbage dish. So now that I have actively started cooking cabbage for hubby, I have accepted and starting eating it in all different ways , it can be prepared.
So for lunch , I wanted to make a dish that has some protein in it and I has some brown chickpeas on hand already boiled and ready to go , so decided to make a quick cabbage, brown chickpeas , coconut subzi to eat with roti’s. DH loved it and I liked it because of the brown chickpeas in it. It is a quick recipe and can be done within 15 minutes.
- 2 cups finely chopped cabbage.
- 1 1/2 cups boiled brown chickpeas
- 1/2 cup frozen grated coconut – thawed
- 3 green chilies
- 1 garlic clove – chopped finely
- 4-5 curry leaves
- 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup water for grinding the coconut paste
- 1/2 cup water.
- 1 tsp. oil
- Heat a pan on medium heat and put the 1 tsp. oil in it.
- Add the chopped garlic, curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds.
- Add the chopped cabbage, boiled brown chickpeas to the pan and sauté.
- Add the turmeric powder and sauté for a minute.
- Grind the coconut, green chilies, 1/4 cup water into a smooth paste.
- Add the coconut paste to the cabbage mixture and sauté it again for a minute.
- Add the remaining 1/2 cup of water and salt. Mix well and sauté it for 5 minutes.
- Cook until the water evaporates and all the cabbage/ chickpeas have the coconut paste on it. Usually takes around 5 minutes on high heat.
- Serve it hot with roti's.
- Replace with chickpeas with any other cooked beans if you have on hand.