Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Patta Gobhi Mattar (Cabbage and Peas)

A spicy, vegetarian Indian dish of cabbage,peas (I added some carrots to the mix), and warm spices.

I love Indian food and Indian flavors.  The complexity of the flavors is something indescribable.  Not only does this dish (and most Indian dishes) taste great, it is also very nutritious.  I like to have vegetarian meals regularly, and vegetables are usually much less expensive than meat.  This meal has no cholesterol (when you use oil instead of ghee) and lots of nutritious vegetables.  All of the spices are healthy too, I'm no expert but, I have read great things about chillies, garlic, ginger, and turmeric.  Even if they happen to not be as great for you as some websites say, they don't hurt and they taste great.

Modified slightly from

1-2 Tbsp cooking oil or ghee
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 Tbsp ginger, minced
1-2 jalapeno minced
1 small onion, sliced
1/2 large head cabbage, chopped
2 carrots, jullened
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp red chilli
Salt to taste

Heat a large skillet with oil over medium high heat.  Add cumin seeds and let them sputter.  Then, add the ginger, garlic, and jalapeno (or chilli of choice you can remove the seeds or leave them in depending on how much heat you can handle.  I usually remove the seeds and control the heat with the chilli powder because sometimes raw peppers can have different heat intensity).  Stir and cook until fragrant, about a minute.  Add the cabbage and carrots and spices (I used a lesser amount of ghost pepper masala instead of the red chilli powder because I have a lot of it on hand--a friend brought some back from India for me and it is VERY spicy).  Stir and mix until just tender, then add peas.  Cover and reduce heat to low until peas are heated through.  Serve with rice and flat bread.  Makes about 3-4 servings.  Enjoy

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