Stir Fried Cabbage

This dish sounds much more exotic by its Hindi name of Bund Aloo ki Subji. It is a vegetarian dish especially recommended for use during Navrati, the Hindu nine day celebration of the nine aspects of the Goddess Durga, which event falls on the 4th to the 12th April 2011. It is notable for the absence of onion and garlic, both of which are prohibited during Navrati. For those interested in language, Bund is Hindi for cabbage, Aloo means potato, and Subji [or Sabzi] is a vegetarian meal. A very cheap and quick dish strongly recommended to the impoverished in a hurry. It goes very well with pickles and naan as well.


1/4 cup cooking oil

1/2 tsp nigella seeds

1 green chilli chopped fine

25mm piece chopped ginger.

1 400g can diced tomatoes.

1 tsp ground coriander.

2 tsp ground cumin.

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2 cups cabbage, thinly sliced.

1 stick celery, finely sliced.

2 potatoes, thinly sliced.

½ cup water.

Juice and zest of 1 lemon.

Salt to taste.

Chopped coriander greens.


Heat the oil in a pan over a hot flame and stir fry the nigella, chilli and ginger until the seed stops popping. Add the tomato, stir in the coriander, cumin and turmeric and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Add the potatoes, celery and cabbage and stir through. Add the water and salt to taste, cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Stir the lemon juice and zest through and serve over rice garnished with chopped coriander greens.

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