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Updated: 2017-11-09T21:46:14.830-07:00

 



Gay Carillo, welcome! It's great by itself or stuf...

2007-11-19T01:54:00.000-07:00

Gay Carillo, welcome! It's great by itself or stuffed in pitas. Try it! Your guests will love it!

Rachna, overcooked cabbage was banned in our house! Coleslaw is a huge timesaver although there are some superwomen who can go chop-chop in as much time as it takes me to find my scissors and open the packet! ;-)

Kitt, no probs! I know what you're referring to so I have the context just fine!

Maybe the next time we do a cook together, we can have you over!

Unfortunately there really are no good Indian restaurants around. I may have said this before but recently when I carried out dinner from Taj III, they asked me why I was carrying out Indian food when I was an Indian and I could cook it at home. "Huh? Don't you want my business?!" was my first thought. But I laughed and told them I was lazy; they pity my husband now and reserve understanding looks for him.
:-D



Whoops, I clicked through your link from the curri...

2007-11-17T23:46:00.000-07:00

Whoops, I clicked through your link from the curried pumpkin dish and commented here rather than there.



Thanks, Manisha! I may take you up on that one of ...

2007-11-17T23:36:00.000-07:00

Thanks, Manisha! I may take you up on that one of these days. My first real attempt at blogging food with a close-up photo was Hot Indian Slaw, found via Kalyn's Kitchen (Hi Kalyn!). I do wish there were some really good Indian restaurants here, since most of the places I've tried just aren't all that inspiring. Your blog is definitely more so, but I lack a baseline for taste comparison, you know?



oh i love this recipe.... i love cabbage made raw....

2007-11-07T03:22:00.000-07:00

oh i love this recipe.... i love cabbage made raw.... i know what bee is saying....my mum makes it soggy and i hate it...i love to have it all crunchy..... using coleslaw for his must be a great idea for a quick meal!!! :)



This looks like it would make a cool party dish!

2007-11-06T05:42:00.000-07:00

This looks like it would make a cool party dish!



Nabeela, great minds think alike! I'm always looki...

2007-11-06T00:12:00.000-07:00

Nabeela, great minds think alike! I'm always looking for new things to do with cabbage. Anita's suggestion about burrox is also quite inviting!

As for VahrehVah, I don't know what to say about them! If the guy is such a great chef, I don't know why he needs to stoop this low.


Anjali, it's 1-2 T, so use less if you like. Generally, Gujarati salads and sabjis use a little extra oil than normal. A bag of angel hair coleslaw is about 12 oz and that's a lot of shredded cabbage.

I generally avoid V slicers and mandolines because they become one more thing that I have to figure out how to store. There is a huge resistance in this house to build or acquire cabinets in addition to what the house came with. Same goes for shelves. And it works well because I don't accumulate much stuff and is in line with the philosophy of "Voluntary Simplicity". So I have learned to buy only that which I really need and in the long run, it is quite liberating. I am looking to spend all that I haven't spent so far on a good set of knives instead!



Sambharo looks lovely, 2 tablespoon oil? Does it r...

2007-11-05T23:42:00.000-07:00

Sambharo looks lovely, 2 tablespoon oil? Does it require that much or did you mean 2 teaspoons? I don't use too much oil in mine. Manisha try a V slicer for cabbage shredding it works well and its done in a jiffy.



Two things:1) We're working on the same wavelength...

2007-11-05T22:26:00.000-07:00

Two things:
1) We're working on the same wavelength. I recently made cabbage curry that I'm going to post too :)
2) %^%%^&^&(*(*&%$$%#@ I can't believe vahrehvah had the guts to pull something like that. I recently got an e-mail from a friend who recommended the site if I liked cooking. I had to e-mail her back to say she should avoid it at any cost. In fact, I gave the links to some of my fav blogs, including yours. So, my point is, these people are actually getting other people to browse their site even though most, if not all, the recipes are actually from bloggers. Shame on them!!



Kelsey Poole aka VahrehVah marketing and comment-s...

2007-11-04T12:46:00.000-07:00

Kelsey Poole aka VahrehVah marketing and comment-spamming stooge, it's amazing what VahrehVah and Sanjay Thumma will stoop to! First their web site stole images from our blogs without permission or even an acknowledgement; then Sanjay Tumma came around telling us how much he loved us all; now VahrehVah is comment spamming our blogs!

Vahrehvah.com, Sanjay Thumma and his marketing spammers, you need to STOP!

You are losing credibility with every move you are making. Please stop and review your marketing strategy. And try to focus on simple things like: do not steal, do not copy, do not spam!

And certainly do not try to pull a call-center trick on us by using names that "sound" non-Indian.

We are NOT stupid. At least I am not!

Any more comments from Vahrehvah stooges will be deleted.



You must also take a look at vahrehvah.com if you ...

2007-11-04T10:43:00.000-07:00

You must also take a look at vahrehvah.com if you like Indian food so much. I've picked up some tremendous knowledge from there and you might want to see that too.
Kelsey Poole



I second Anita. Cabbage is one of those few veggie...

2007-11-04T00:06:00.000-06:00

I second Anita. Cabbage is one of those few veggies that is fun to chop. I love how it blossoms as you cut :)



Love the look of these recipes ... Will have to go...

2007-11-03T18:39:00.000-06:00

Love the look of these recipes ... Will have to go out and try to make one this sunday afternoon :O)

Thanks for the nablopomo Suggestion ...

Ive started :O)
http://nablopomo.ning.com/profile/dinzie



Happy Cook, I hope you and your guests like it!Ani...

2007-11-03T13:05:00.000-06:00

Happy Cook, I hope you and your guests like it!

Anita, Frontier Mail? Now that's funny! I always thought of you as Shatabdi! Burox sounds nice, ready-made pitas sound even better on my schedule!

Rachel, hats off to your toddler! Medha refused to chew when she was little!

Kalyn, very honestly, every day food has few ingredients, at least in my home it does! A close friend of mine just told me that she does not cook with asafetida even though it is one of the essentials in an Indian kitchen. It took me back to the days when we lived out of a suitcase and travelled extensively. I have cooked without asafetida, too, but given a choice I would always include it. A pinch is all you need but you need a pinch of the good stuff. Kadipatta is curry leaves. That's the green leaves you see in the picture of cabbage in this post. A better picture is on this post - scroll down for the picture with ingredients. Again, if you don't have it, you can skip it. You need to buy it fresh from an Indian grocery store. It adds a wonderful aroma. If the leaves are slightly old, I tear them a little bit. It doesn't look that great but you get the flavors!

Yes, urad dal is a type of black lentils. You can buy buy them whole with the skin on (whole black urad), whole with the skin off (whole white urad or just whole urad), split with skin on (split black urad) and split without the skin (urad dal). Usually the last type is just labeled urad dal. This dal is known to have wild yeast and is used to make idlis and lots of other delicious foods. When it is tossed into hot oil, it becomes crunchy and adds a nutty taste to the dish. It's another ingredient you can omit if you don't have it. I wouldn't exclude anything else!


Bindiya, you bet!



Excellent-crunchy,healthy,easy all rolled into one...

2007-11-03T09:13:00.000-06:00

Excellent-crunchy,healthy,easy all rolled into one!



This sounds wonderful, and really sounds like an I...

2007-11-03T07:25:00.000-06:00

This sounds wonderful, and really sounds like an Indian dish I might would make. Of course I would definitely use the cilantro garnish! With a lot of Indian dishes I'm intimidated by too many ingredients I don't recognize. I've learned what asafetida is, and I think I figured out that kadipatta is chiles, but I had to google urad dal. It's a type of black lentils, right? Bookmarking this recipe, since I love cabbage.



looks yumm..and i prefer the crunch factor!!! i us...

2007-11-03T05:38:00.000-06:00

looks yumm..and i prefer the crunch factor!!! i usually roll this in a chapati and get my toddler to eat it..



Yeah yeah. Know all about the angle and the fine s...

2007-11-03T05:18:00.000-06:00

Yeah yeah. Know all about the angle and the fine shredding - remember I married into a Marathi family? My MIL did call me Frontier Mail BTW :D and I use the big chef's knife for the job.

Try stuffing this into burox - basic bread dough stuffed with this, gathered to make flattish parcels, and baked. Perfect for a brown bag lunch!



Love this salade. Much better than adding all the ...

2007-11-03T03:29:00.000-06:00

Love this salade. Much better than adding all the mayo. Next time when i have party instead of the mayo one i am going to surprise them withe this



Average Jane, it's delicious and it's healthy!Bee,...

2007-11-03T00:53:00.000-06:00

Average Jane, it's delicious and it's healthy!

Bee, I always wondered why other kids hated cabbage and cauliflower. My Mom never cooked the life out of these veggies mainly because of my Dad and his preferences. Overcooked soggy cabbage and cauliflower both smell rather fishy! I'd rather eat real fish instead! Try it, you might start liking cabbage again!

Musy, you're like me! Yes, I have stuffed many a pita with this!

Deepz, this is the simplest dish to make and especially if you get a bag of fresh crunchy coleslaw. Hope you both enjoy it!

Anita, see what Saju has to say - it's sambharo!

You must be Superwoman cos even the Maharaj (cook) couldn't do it in less than 2 minutes! We're not talking big fat chunks chop here. We're talking very fine strands! You have to find the angle that will give you long thin strands and they need to be of almost even length. That's why Angel Hair Coleslaw and not regular Coleslaw. And that's why better the Maharaj chopped this than me!

This is the most popular cabbage sabji in our home. If I have to cut this like the Maharaj did then clean-up is not fun!


Swapna, you too are Superwoman!

Saju, thank you for that! I learned this from the Gujarati family that my sister married into.



great, I love this. We call it sambharo.

2007-11-02T23:20:00.000-06:00

great, I love this. We call it sambharo.



Manisha,This looks so inviting and healthy. Lovely...

2007-11-02T21:54:00.000-06:00

Manisha,
This looks so inviting and healthy. Lovely recipe.
I ditto Anita's comment about cabbage cutting, it's one of the easiest veggies to cut. In fact I feel that cabbage cuts itself:)



This is a winter staple at our table too...The Mar...

2007-11-02T20:43:00.000-06:00

This is a winter staple at our table too...The Marathi version is also quite similar though without the urad dal and the lime juice.

I have eaten an even simpler version in Gujarat -I think they were calling it sambar, ad was served as salad. It had just mustard seeds in the tempering and maybe just a hint of turmeric - very good too.

C'mo now - about the cabbage chopping! Cabbage is the veggie I pick when I am feeling lazy - a snap to wash and maybe one and half whole minute to chop? :D Besides we don't get Angel Hair Coleslaw!



This is a very healthy recipe and sounds easy to m...

2007-11-02T16:38:00.000-06:00

This is a very healthy recipe and sounds easy to make. My husband is a gujarati and I am just beginning to learn their dishes. Will definitely surprise him with this. Thanks Manisha.



Love everything about this dish! and your descript...

2007-11-02T16:24:00.000-06:00

Love everything about this dish! and your description of it is making me hungry :-D. it would make a great sandwich stuffer, isn't it :).



the cabbage doesn't stink when you barely cook it....

2007-11-02T16:11:00.000-06:00

the cabbage doesn't stink when you barely cook it. i think that's the idea. years of eating soggy oily stinky cabbage has completely put me off that veggie. this sounds yummy. and i like coleslaw - without mayo.