Cabbage (Muttaikose) Curry recipe is quite different recipe from other curries. This is more over like a sambar without tamarind. This recipe is a good alternative from regular sambar or dal recipe. It tastes good with chapati as well as cooked rice. Papad or vathal is enough for the side dish. You can make it thin and have it with Dosa also.

Some other vegetable recipes for you : Drumstick Masala , Potato Paal Curry , Beetroot Poriyal, Spinach Kootu



  • Serve with steamed white rice.
  • Serve with chapati or Roti or Dosa.

AUTHOR : Dimple                           CUISINE : South Indian
COURSE : Main Course                  YIELD : 3 -4 Servings


  • Cabbage(chopped) – 1 cup
  • Sambar powder – 2 Tbsp
  • Oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 Tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 Tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 string
  • Onion(medium) – 1
  • Tomato(big) – 1
  • Salt – as needed
  • Water – as needed

For Cooking Dal :

  • Toor dal – 1/2 cup or less
  • Turmeric – 1/2 Tsp
  • Garlic – 2
  • Castor oil -1 Tsp
  • Hing / Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Water – as needed

For Coconut Paste :

  • Coconut slices – 1/4 cup
  • Fennel seeds – 1 Tsp
  • Poppy seeds – 1 Tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cardamom – 3
  • Water – as needed


  1. Chop cabbage, onion and tomato.
  2. Wash and soak toor dal for 15 min.
  3. Grind coconut with given ingredients.


  1. Pressure cook toor dal with given ingredients for 2 whistles.
  2. Cook cabbage with little water and sambar powder. (I pressure cooked it while cooking dal. Check picture below) You can cook it in a separate pan also.
  3. Heat a pan or kadai over medium heat. Add oil.
  4. When it is hot add mustard seeds. When it starts spluttering add cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  5. Add onion and saute until it becomes translucent.
  6. Add Tomatoes and salt. Cover with a lid.
  7. Cook until tomatoes become soft and mashy consistency.
  8.  Add cooked cabbage and dal. Combine well. Add water if needed.
  9. Add Coconut paste. Mix well and simmer it for 4-5 min.
  10. Turn off the heat and serve it.


  • You can chop cabbage as you prefer.
  • Baby onions tastes good than regular onions. I do not have baby onions today.
  • It will get thickened after removing from heat. So dilute it accordingly.
  • If you are cooking for chapati keep it thick. If it is for rice make it little thin. For dosa add more water and make it thin.

Do try this recipe at home and let me know how it turned out for you. Share your comments down below in the comment section.

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Step by Step Procedure with pictures :





    1. Whole spices are added with coconut which adds more flavour to this curry. You will get good aroma after adding the coconut paste. Do try this and let me know how it turned out for you. Thank you Ankita.


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