Gobi Chanadal~A cabbage Bengal Gram combo

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It had been long since

Life is pretty busy nowadays

Waiting for the summer vacation…Darn……finding it hard to pen down my thoughts today. So many of thoughts arising and then dwindling in my mind..at times I wonder what to share with you all and what to hold back. There had been plenty of things going around but when I sit here to write, nothing clicks ..Sigh..the Irony of life !

Never mind, lets talk about the recipe then, for , that’s what you are here for , No? For today, lets save each one of you from those yakety yak talks of mine, and lets just head over to the Recipe of the day..Patta Gobi-Chana dal.

patta gobi-chanadal

Now that Summer is officially here in Mumbai , its going to be hard to stay in kitchen for long durations. Summers to me, mean mangoes, Aam Paana, Jaljeera, Kulfi, Watermelons, Cucumbers, Buttermilk, Dahi/curd/yogurt, Quick stir-fries, Khichdee ..basically everything simple and less-spicy. Anything that is easy to cook and easy to digest. And this patta gobi-chanadal combination is one such recipe for sure. Just serve it with roti or Khichdi, some curd/yogurt and you have one hearty meal ! BTW what does summers means to you?

Gobi Chanadal~A cabbage Bengal Gram combo
A simple and quick stir fry recipe of cabbage and lentils, goes well with dal and rice
Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 2-3
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  • 1 Medium size Leafy Head of cabbage
  • ½ cup Chana dal (Bengal gram )
  • 2-3 Green chillies (Adjust as per taste)
  • Ginger 1" piece, finely chopped
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 5-7 Curry leaves
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tsp oil(or less if cooking in nonstick ware)
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • ¼ tsp of Pavbhaji Masala (optional..just in case you need that KICK)
  1. Rinse the cabbage head thoroughly, drain excess water and slice or chop it .
  2. Pick, rinse with water several times and soak Chana dal for 20 minutes and boil it with some salt , water and turmeric powder till just cooked.Do not let it overcook or get mushy.Boiling in pressure cooker till one whistle is heard, is fine if you have soaked it well. If bit undercooked, just let it cook further with cabbage.
  3. In a pan or Kadhai, add 2 tsp of oil, add curry leaves and mustard seeds, and allow it to splutter. Add sliced/chopped, cabbage and stir it nicely.
  4. Keep stirring on high flame till cabbage changes a bit of colour. Add chopped tomatoes, green chillies, ginger, salt , turmeric powder and coriander powder and mix properly.
  5. Lower the flame, add a spoonful or two of water if the mixture tends to stick to bottom of pan.Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook till tomatoes are done and the raw smell of cabbage is gone.
  6. Add boiled chanadal and continue to cook on low flame , covering the mixture with a lid, till all the flavors are mixed nicely.You can add pavbhaji masala along with chanadal. Sprinkle some water if needed.Cook for 3-4 minutes on lowest flame
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves, and serve with Roti/chapati/phulka/rice/Khichdee, along with some dahi/buttermilk, salad etc to fight those summer blues !

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14 thoughts on “Gobi Chanadal~A cabbage Bengal Gram combo

  1. love this dish… I prepare cabbage in pretty much the same way… when I was in India, summer meant mangoes, mangoes and more mangoes… in U.S, it means blue skies and sleeveless top 🙂

  2. beautiful appealing pictures as usual. Very simple and delicious recipe Alka. A comfort food for me with some fresh hot rice!

  3. The pav bhaji masala is a nice addition and a new one to me..We just simply do the tadka..

  4. Looks delicious Alka, Iam going 2 try it . I make cabbage with matar.
    Will get back 2 u , and let u know how it turned out .

  5. yea yea looks like all of us have the same problem!..cabbage with channa dal is a frequent one at home though I have never used pav baji masala how interesting!..will add and get that kick!

  6. wow!!!Looks delicious!! nice click too

  7. That looks super tasty as I am partial to cabbage 🙂

  8. I was complaining the same in my earlier post 🙂 Too many things to share but difficult to pen them down…Love the Gobi chana dhal. it is very colorful and flavorful with all those ingredients esp with phav bhaji masala….. btw, do you call cabbage as ‘Gobi’ in sindhi?? Sounds new to me..

  9. I know what you mean, sometimes i want to write a post and nothing comes to mind it just goes blanck and then i just write the recipe and post .

  10. I follow the same recipe minus Pav Bhaji Masala. Picture is very appetizing!

  11. Hi Alka,
    The sabji looks interesting. Will try it this weekend 🙂
    Bdw, is it a sindhi recipe? I am a Sindhi too, but I never saw my mum or any of my relatives cook this version of cabbage.

  12. Looks wonderful Alka! That pav bhaji masala addition is interesting. 🙂

  13. Simple dish nicely presented

  14. The pic makes me mouthwatering. Recipe is very simple and seems to be delicious. will definitely give a try…………….Gud one……………….loved it.

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