My dear friend, Sunshinemom, is hosting a wonderful event called Food in Colors, and this month’s theme is – purple and black! Those aren’t common colors in the food universe – okay, maybe purple but definitely not black. But I did find the perfect colors in cabbage and whole urad dal (also known as black gram or black lentil).

We use the beautiful purple cabbage quite a lot in my house. The crunch of the cabbage with the tempered spices is delicious. And the color really takes your breath away.

Here are some cool facts about purple cabbage that I didn’t know:

1. The purple color comes from the presence of a phytochemical which acts as an antioxidant, and is said to improve one’s memory. This phytochemical is what gives the purple color.

2. Purple cabbage is not as healthy as green cabbage, and should be eaten in moderation!

Now onto the recipe:

Purple Cabbage

1 head Purple Cabbage, cut into thin strips
Salt, to taste
2-3 tbsp Water

1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp whole urad dal
3-4 curry leaves

Heat a saucepan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the cabbage, salt and water and toss around a couple of times. Now close the pan and leave it alone for about 5-7 minutes. The salt tends to sweat the cabbage and you’ll find this is more than enough water for it to cook.

We like the cabbage really crunchy at home, so I take it off the heat at this point, but if you like it softer, you can add more water or leave it on the stove for a bit longer.

For tempering – heat a skillet with a few teaspoons of oil. When hot, add the mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, remove from heat and add the tempering ingredients to the cooked cabbage.

Serve hot as a side to rice or rotis or as a warm salad.

To know what my marathoners are doing, check out their lovely blogs:
DK, Siri, Srivalli, Ranji, PJ, Curry Leaf, Medha, Priya, Bhawna, Raaji, Ruchii, Kamala, Roopa, Divya Kudua, Rekha, Divya, Lakshmi, Raaga, Lakshmi, Sripriya, Viji, Kamalika and Pavani.


25 Comments Add yours

  1. Bhawana says:

    Thats nice :). I too like purple color cabbage :). lovely recipe.


  2. Roopa says:

    perfect entry for both the events:) looks very bright and fresh:)


  3. sunshinemom says:

    Wow! This looks so beautiful – it reminds me of a Mysore Silk Saree in folds:) I know that comparison itself sounds funny but that was the first that came to my mind because of the rich color!! Thanks for the lovely entry:)


  4. yeh perfect entry for the event nice colour


  5. Divya Vikram says:

    I too was thinking of posting this for FIC!!


  6. super entry for FIC. Purple cabbage is the 1st thing which struck me when I read this month’s FIC announcement.


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  8. Happy cook says:

    WOw this is a really good idea , now you have ispired me to join up too 🙂


  9. lakshmi says:

    that looks like a tangled purple satin ribbon!


  10. Curry Leaf says:

    Looks like purple ribbon,lovely


  11. Lovely color, you have cooked for the right time nice velvety ribbon like great sides Arundathi…


  12. Michelle says:

    This is the first time I’ve come across savoury red cabbage. Usually in Western cooking it is served sweet and a bit tangy, like with vinegar and sugar. Yours look very interesting!


  13. raaji says:

    the color is lovely for my eyes bu not for my tastebuds….afraid of trying it.


  14. Srivalli says:

    Anu that looks good…but when I had used the purple cabbage, it turned kind blackish!..this has retained the colour!..


  15. Madhu says:

    Nice entry, Thanks for the info on purple cabbage. I too have send in the same entry for FIC :).


  16. kamala says:

    Looks good ANu..Love the color


  17. Priya says:

    Wow lovely colour..looks like lavander fry…simple yet delicious stir fry..


  18. Medhaa says:

    I love the color but find the cabbage very strong in taste so sont eat it.


  19. TBC says:

    I’m sure that Harini is going to get a lot of purple cabbage entries.;DThis is the first thing that came to my mind when I saw her event announcement post.Love the pic!


  20. Divya Kudua says:

    The pic is so pretty…almost like a water colour painting!!never tried cooking with purple cabbage..!!Your dish sounds quite simple..;-)


  21. oh i love purple cabbage! n this recipe looks so easy to do!mandira


  22. Bharti says:

    Lovely..that purple and black combo has me scratching my head. Love your idea.


  23. Arundathi says:

    THANKS EVERYONE! 🙂 sunshinemom – a saree? very creative i must say!


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