1lb green cabbage leaves (do not use white cabbage leaves)
1 medium onion sliced
1-2 tsp mustard seeds
1-2 tsp cumin seeds
1 small cinnamon stick
1/2 cup dessicated coconut (unsweetened)
10-12 curry leaves
1-2 small pandan leaves
4-5 dried red chilies broken into small pieces
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
salt to taste
|Cutting core out of cabbage|
|My mother's steady hand cutting cabbage|
Once all the cabbage is shredded place in a pan with 2Tbs water and some salt. Then place a lid on pot to steam on low heat until cabbage is tender, but not over cooked. The cabbage should still have a little bite to it. Remember to stir cabbage so all the cabbage gets steamed evenly. Add a tablespoon of water (if needed) at a time until cabbage is steamed.
In a separate pan heat 2 Tbs canola oil and saute the curry leaves, pandan leaves, red chili pieces, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, onion and salt for 3-4 minutes until onions become softened.
Next add the dessicated coconut, turmeric and red chili powder to the steamed cabbage and mix well. Finally add add the coconut/cabbage mixture to the frying onion mixture. Toss well and mix all ingredients (tip: you can use the back of a wooden spoon to stir this easily). Taste for salt and seasoning. Serve with rice and curry meal. Enjoy.
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