Colour At Mealtime With Gajar & Pata Gobi Sabzi (Cabbage)
Spring is finally on its way and I could not be happier. I am so tired of the same old fruits and vegetables and being snowed in almost every week. Along with the dreary weather winter drags in, it also leaves us craving carbs and more carbs. To me, spring feels like an invitation for tropical fruits, fresh vegetables, and more colour everywhere – including on our plates.
Like most moms/wives, I am always on a mission to incorporate more vegetables during mealtime. Traditionally, in most South Asian family homes, there is always a sabzi with lunch and/or dinner. Sabzi is the general term used for a vegetable side dish, may it be a stand-alone vegetable dish or a mix of vegetables. I am a huge fan of sabzis but my husband…not so much. He has his favorites like spinach, peas, carrots and every guy’s favorite – potatoes (which I don’t even consider a vegetable!) but getting him to try a new sabzi is near close to impossible.
Recently I tried a mixed sabzi of cabbage and carrots, which he actually ate (and liked). I don’t cook much with cabbage, so
when I find a good recipe that calls for it; it immediately gets saved in my favourites. What I love about this recipe is that it’s a no fuss, simple ingredient dish that can be prepared in under half an hour. The bite-sized pieces are also great for children as young as toddlers who are experimenting with finger foods. Since the spice in this dish is added from fresh green chillies, parents can easily remove those bits to ensure no whole chillies are being consumed.
Cabbage is often called a superfood. Being low in sugar and fat, but high in vitamin and mineral properties, it’s a great addition to any meal and is available year round. Listed below are some of the biggest health benefits of cabbage:
– Boots Immunity
Because of its high Vitamin C content, cabbage helps strengthen one’s immune system and aids in curbing free radicals.
– Aids in Digestion
Cabbage is high in fibre and provides relief from bloating and/or constipation.
– Good for Skin
Cabbage is rich in antioxidants, which protect skin and reduce the signs of aging.
– Relief from Sore Muscles
Sore muscles are relieved from the amount of lactic acid that is present in cabbage.
With these benefits and more, it’s hard not wanting to add cabbage during mealtime.
What are some ways you include vegetables during mealtime? How does your family respond to trying new vegetables?
Gajar & Pata Gobi Sabzi: Spiced Carrots & Cabbage Stir Fry
4 cups coarsely chopped cabbage (about ½ head of cabbage)
2 medium carrots (chopped about 2 inches long and ½ inch thick)
2 green chillies (cut in 2 – in strips)
6-7 kadi pata (curry leaves)
3 teaspoons jeera (cumin)
½ teaspoon rai (black mustard seed)
½ teaspoon hing (asafoetida)
2 teaspoons salt – adjust to taste
½ teaspoon haldi (turmeric powder)
3 tablespoons chopped dhaniya (cilantro)
3 tablespoons cooking oil
In a heavy-bottom skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Add kadi pata, two teaspoons jeera, rai and hing. Once spices start sputtering, add remaining jeera, green chillies and carrots. Mix and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add cabbage, salt and haldi. Stir ingredients together. Reduce heat to medium low and cover skillet, letting simmer for 10-12 minutes (mixing occasionally.) Uncover, add dhaniya and let cook for an additional 5-7 minutes. Serve hot with roti or rice.
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