Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Purple Cabbage Stir Fry | Purple Cabbage Poriyal

Purple/red cabbage poriyal, a simple stir fry made with purple cabbage & Indian spices. I'm a little bit skeptical to buy any vegetables that are unknown to me or we don't prepare normally in our home.This purple cabbage is one among them, i have seen them in grocery store often  and i love the color but since i didn't known how it would taste, so i keep avoiding them from buying.

Later i browsed and read about it and many articles said that they(red and white cabbage) taste the same, both are rich in fiber and low in calories and the purple one has more antioxidants & vitamins than the white/green ones.
So last week, when I saw a small cut piece of purple cabbage in the grocery store, I immediately bought and tried this simple poriyal on the very next day. Apart from the color, i couldn't find any difference in taste. Like the green/white ones, this too gives mild sweetness when sauteed. 

Why is the  cabbage purple and is it natural ?

The color of the cabbage hugely depends on the acidity of the soil. In acidic soil, the color of the cabbage would be more red, in neutral soil, it would be purple and in the alkaline soil, the color would be yellowish green. 
So yes, the color of the cabbage is completely natural ! 

How does purple cabbage taste ?

As I said earlier, the color is based on the soil it grew, therefore the purple cabbage tastes more or less like the regular green cabbage.

Purple Cabbage Poriyal

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Accompaniment | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Purple Cabbage Poriyal, Purple Cabbage Stir fry, Purple Cabbage Purple/red cabbage poriyal, a simple stir fry made with purple cabbage and Indian spices.
Purple Cabbage -1 & 1/2 cup (shredded)
Onion -1 medium size
Coconut Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard & Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Channa dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Grated Coconut - 1 & 1/2 - 2 tbsp

Purple Cabbage Poriyal
First grate or cut the cabbage into thin slices & cut the onion into small pieces.Heat the kadai with oil, add mustard & urad dal, let the mustard splutter, then add channa dal & roast it for 30 sec.Then add the sliced onions& curry leaves, saute till it becomes translucent.Then add the cabbage.Mix well and then add the spices(turmeric, red chili powder) & salt and give a good mix.Cover the kadai with lid and allow the cabbage to cook.Open  the lid and stir in between to avoid burning at the bottom.Once the cabbage is cooked, add the grated coconut and mix well & switch off the flame.That's it , Tasty & Simple Purple Cabbage Poriyal is ready. Serve it with rice and your favorite kulambu
Purple Cabbage Stir fry
  • This poriyal tastes good even without coconut too.
  • Stir in between to avoid burning at the bottom.
  • For extra flavor and spice ,add 1/2 tsp of sambar powder.
  • Sauteing onions till became translucent is important to give mild sweetness to this dish.
    Purple Cabbage Poriyal

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