Cabbage Poriyal

Since bland white cabbage is my family’s bête noire, I find vibrant purple cabbage the best alternate. To my astonishment I came to know that it has more health benefits than white/ green cabbage.

Health Benefits : Purple cabbage has a nutrient anthocyanin, an antioxidant responsible for its purple color, has anti-cancerous properties; also purple cabbage has 10 times more Vit. A and has almost double the iron & Vit.C than other cabbages. Interestingly, 90% of purple cabbage is water, so it is good for weight watchers too.

IMG_8760Cabbage poriyal can be served as a salad or as a side for rice.

IMG_9904You can check the recipe for purple cabbage poriyal as below:


  1. Purple cabbage (medium size) – 1 No.
  2. Green gram lentil (paasi paruppu) – 1/8 cup (25 g)
  3. Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  4. Salt – 1/2 tsp


For grinding:

  1. Coconut – 8 pieces (each approx. 1″)
  2. Green chillies – 3 Nos.
  3. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  4. Shallots – 9 Nos.


For tempering:

  1. Coconut oil – 1 tsp
  2. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  3. Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Mise en place:

  • Wash lentils & cook them soft.
  • Grind all ingredients listed under “For grinding” without adding water.
  • Wash cabbage and mince finely using food processor.

Cooking Method:

  • Heat a pan with oil in medium flame.
  • Add cumin seeds followed by curry leaves.
  • Add minced cabbage and saute for a while in low flame.
  • Pour lemon juice into the pan & close with a lid.
  • Simmer for 10 min or till cabbage is cooked soft.
  • Add salt, lentils & coconut mixture and stir well.
  • Purple cabbage poriyal is ready to serve.

Please Note:

  1. Cooking purple cabbage at medium/ high flame or for longer time will lead to discoloration (it will turn pale blue);  hence lemon juice or vinegar need to be added to avoid this.
  2. I prefer to use food processor for shredding cabbage, if you chop them into big chunks you may have to cook longer.
  3. You may replace green chillies with pepper also.

80 Comments Add yours

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  1. Wow, I really like your purple cabbage recipe… I have decided to share it on my new blog (I have just started out.) I hope it is ok. Please let me know if you do not feel comfortable with this. I will take it down. I just typed up my own cabbage pasta recipe: I talked a little about how I would like to learn new taste combination and this recipe of yours is definitely one of those I want to follow! Look forward to read more of your recipes! So glad to have ran into this blog!

    1. Megala says:

      I’m delighted to hear this! Thanks so much for taking your time to look into my recipes !!

  2. WHOA! I have never seen any dishes like this one! I can’t say I have cooked with purple cabbages. Definitely going to try it one of these days!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

  3. Alex Olander says:

    Color from cabbage make this food look so nice! Thank for good recipe, nice photo :))

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you, and thanks for stopping by !

  4. Tuan Tran says:

    It look so nice! I think it’s delicious ! Thanks Megala 🙂

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you, and thanks for stopping by !

  5. InspiresN says:

    really good share, will definitely need to try this out!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  6. beautiful, artistic cabbage dish! I want to try this! it looks like snow on flowers.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot for stopping by!

  7. jyo says:

    One of my favs👍

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

  8. Beautiful and delicious! Love!!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much!

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