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Monday, December 03, 2007

The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--
and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."


-from Lewis Carroll's Walrus and the Carpenter-

It's time for us today to talk cabbage.....
My little girl loves cabbage.....in fact, any veggie that she doesn't know the name of is promptly named cabbage. If I serve her rice and cabbage on a plate I can be pretty sure that she'll do a better job than an industrial grade separator in separating the two and eating just the cabbage. Well, for now, Iam just happy that something is going into that little tummy of hers.

Cabbage milagoottal is a simple and nutritious dish that goes well with rice/rotis.


Here's what you need to make it:
Cabbage - 1 cup finely chopped
Tuar dal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - a little
Salt
Grind together:
Fresh grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Red chilli - 3 (adjust to your taste)
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
For seasoning:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds
Urad dal
Curry leaves

How you make it:
Cook tuar dal with enough water. Mash and set aside.

Take the cabbage in a pan. Add some water, turmeric powder and salt to it and heat until the cabbage is cooked. Add the ground mixture to this. Stir well and boil for a few minutes until the raw smell is gone. Stir in the cooked tuar dal and heat for a minute or two.
Heat a tsp of oil(I use coconut oil). Add mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves to it. Wait until the seeds pop and then pour this over the milagoottal.

Njoy hot with rice or chapatis.


Variations:
Instead of tuar dal, you can use black eyed beans, or green peas or a mixture of either with tuar dal.
Carrots and potatoes can also be added along with cabbage.

This is my entry to JFI-Toor dal hosted by Linda of Out of the Garden.




6 comments:

Linda said...

Hi Jayashree,

I love the story of your daughter naming every vegetable 'cabbage'. Milagoottal with cabbage looks wonderful -- I've only ever seen it with spinach. I must try soon! Thanks for participating in JFI Toor Dal with this healthy delicious dish!

Pravs said...

i love this curry a lot. The first time i tried milagoottal...i was surprised by the taste.Will try this curry.

Seema said...

Love Molagotal... Looks yum! Like the way your little daughter says...How old is she? I have a 2 yr old!!

sagari said...

nice recipe looks soo comforting

Srivalli said...

Jayashree, thanks for dropping by my blog...I like your pavakkai pitlai, will try it next time...just read your other blog and was quite interesting...your accounts of your little one is sweet...

btw...are you blogging from India?..just wanted to know. If so, do have a look at my post http://cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com/2007/11/arusuvai-friendship-chain-custard.html. Let me know if you are interested if you are happened to be blogging from India that is..:D...

Seena said...

Jayasree,
I think you are my nattukaari.ok? somehow I missed your url. are u in Tamilnaadu? love the very authentic naadan recipes from you, really nice!