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puli saadam with cabbage

Cabbage puli saadam

Tamarind rice with hidden cabbage Gluten-free, low-calorie recipe
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine Autumn, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, One pot, South indian, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people


to cook the rice

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 2.5 cups drinking water

for the tamarind paste

  • 1 lime sized ball tamarind
  • 1 cup drinking water

the masala mix

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 tsp Channa Dal
  • 1-2 dry red chillies
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1/8 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tbsp peanut
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp jaggery crushed

cabbage addition

  • 2 cups Cabbage shredded


  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves chopped


saucepan method to cook rice

  • Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes
  • Add water to the saucepan and bring the water to a boil.
  • Drain the soaked rice and add to the boiling water
  • cover partiallly and cook for about 12 minutes.
  • When the rice is firm but cooked to the centre, drain the excess of water cover and set aside the rice till the masala is ready.

To make the tamarind pulp

  • Add a cup of water to the tamarind and soak it for 10 minutes
  • Crush the tamarind and extract the pulp completely.
  • Strain the resultant tamarind juice and set aside

to make the masala paste

  • In a pan add the oil and mustard seeds and set on medium heat.
  • As the mustard seeds begin to splutter add the urad dal, red chillies and curry leaves and saute till the urad dal turns golden.
  • Add the fenugreek seeds and peanuts and roast further.
  • Pour in the tamarind pulp and cook it down slowly.
  • As the tamarind paste begins to thicken add salt and the jaggery and cook it down to bring a balance of flavours.
  • When the paste reaches a honey consistency, add the cabbage and saute well.
    cabbage puli saadam masala
  • Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. the cabbage will release some more liquid and that will help the masala paste to coat the cabbage well.
  • Once the cabbage is cooked, add the cooked rice and mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. The rice is ready to serve.
    puli saadam with cabbage
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