Cabbage Mor Kootu and Beet Leaves Thogayal

Cabbage Mor Kootu – Cabbage in Yoghurt

If there is a favourite way to eat cabbage, then this is it, for me. The crunchy cabbage and cool yoghurt in this mildly spiced kootu goes well with almost all of my day-to-day menu. If you are new to Indian cooking, or just want a mild, refreshing side to go with sambar or any other spicy entree, you have come to the right place.

Ingredients

Cabbage – 1, small
Yoghurt – ¾ cup
Grated coconut – 1/3 cup
Green chillies – 2
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – few
Oil – 1 tsp
Salt

Method

Slice cabbage into thin, 2 inch long pieces. Cook cabbage with little water and salt. Grind coconut, chillies and cumin seeds to a fine paste. When cabbage becomes soft and not mushy, add the ground mixture. Adjust salt and heat through.

In a seasoning pan heat oil, splutter mustard seeds and throw some curry leaves. Add this to cabbage kootu. Just before serving, mix cabbage with yoghurt.

You can do this kootu in microwave too. Cook cabbage for about 10-12 minutes. After adding the spice mixture, mix well and cook for another 2 minutes. Then follow the recipe as given above.

I like to serve this kootu along with any of the following - mixed rice, thogayal (chutney), sambar, vatral kuzhambu or milagu kozhambu (black pepper gravy).

Cabbage Mor Kootu with Beet Leaves Thogayal

Cabbage mor kootu served with beet leaves thogayal.

Beet Leaves Thogayal

The beetroots that I got from farmer's market had gorgeous greens, I didn't have the heart to throw them away. But I haven't cooked with them before. So, as a safe measure, I made thogayal, and was pleased with the results. The leaves were mildly beet-y and rendered a beautiful purple colour when mixed with rice.

Ingredients

Beet leaves – 2 cups, chopped
Urad dal – 1 tbsp + 1 tsp
Red chillies – 3
Asafoetida – a pinch
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Tamarind paste – 1 tsp
Salt
Oil

Method

In a pan, heat oil, and roast 1 tbsp urad dal, red chillies, asafoetida. When dal turns golden brown, add chopped beet leaves and cook until soft. Cool and grind with tamarind and salt. Season with mustard seeds and urad dal. Serve with rice and a tsp of sesame oil.

41 comments:

Roopa said...

looks like a comfoting dish! beetroot thoygal is looking delicious....

Nags said...

thats a lovely idea, to have cabbage and moru. complementary textures.. the pic is beautiful as usual :)

musical said...

Cabbage mor kootu, that must be yummy!

Have both vegetables in stock :) and telepathy, i posted something with beet greens too :).

Shyam said...

It's like a thick cabbage mor kuzhambu, really... but it does sound yummy, your mor kootu! And beetroot leaves thogayal is really cool!

Sia said...

u make even a simple dish look so exotic girl:) first i thought it was cabbage salad dressed with mayonnaise ...

Rachna said...

wow, cabbage moru kootu looks so yummy....

sra said...

I recently invented beetroot thogayal, took photos etc, and then found out there were many posts about it!!! Your cabbage dish looks nice, I've to get used to the idea of cabbage and yoghurt, though.

Apple said...

Looks like a great idea to combine yogurt and cabbage, never tried it so far....both the dishes look tempting..

Laavanya said...

I haven't tried both these dishes before but they look very tempting. Isn't mor Kootu more watery normally? I have made it just once before with white pumpkin.

sandeepa said...

Looks delicious...all of them

Asha said...

An excellent post girl.Love the combo and the photo, mouthwatering!:))

Latha Narasimhan said...

Beet root leaves thogayal is nice idea! Looking delicious too!

Pooja V said...

Wow i loved the look of the dish. Can i just taste the beet thogayal? Loved the recipe.

bee said...

beet leaves are trulu delish, and whil i hate cabbage for the smell, just slightlty cooked this way it should be odourless.

it's like a warm cole slaw, i guess.

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Thogayals are an awesome concoction no? I love how there is no waste of any parts of the veggies, just throw them in a thogayal! Great idea, and the purple looks beautiful.

I am going to try your more cabbage kootu.

Kanchana

Siri said...

Hey Suganya,

Cabbage Mor Kootu is a nice idea.. :) No comment on beetroot as I personally dont like it.. :D.. but I am sure it wud have tasted yum..

Bharathy said...

I havent tried both the ones Sugi..
Thogayal looks nice..The recipe of mor koottu is simply good!!Will give a shot soon!!:)

TheCooker said...

< bowing >Your pictures elevate even the simplest of dishes to such exotic heights.

Namratha said...

Cabbage Mor Kootu is something new to me..will give it a try, sounds delicious:) I personally am not a beet fan

Rajitha said...

suganya..looks yummy! i love beet greens..i have made beet green rice in the past..like palak rice..it was good..

Tee said...

Cabbage with yogurt seems like a neat idea. I generally sprinkle lemon juice to make a salad. Will try this next time.:)

Priya Dilip said...

Cabbbage mor kootu enakku romba pudhu dish...ur pictures of these everyday food just rock, suganya

Pravs said...

Oh have not tried cabbage mor kootu...both these dishes are new to me..will try it out.

Cynthia said...

What a delicious new way for me to have cabbage. Thanks hon.

Sig said...

oh wow, the whole feast looks yummy... an exotic plate full of comfort...
You know thogayal is a new word for me... just got a tutorial from Siv on the differences between thogayal, poriyal and kootu... but then I saw that your literal translation is chutney, and that made much more sense than the way he explained it :)

Vcuisine said...

Our comfort food suganya. Viji

Suganya said...

It is comfort dish, Tamilnadu style, Roopa :)

Nags, they really go well together.

Musical, Can I same same pinch you? ;)

Shyamala, I am surprised you haven't heard of mor kootu. You will definitely like it.

Sia, After you say that, Why not.. It is Indian style salad.

Thank you Rachna.

Sra, Are there so many thogayal recipes? This is more for my reference. Go ahead, post yrs.

There is nothing not to like abt this dish, Apple. Give it a try.

Laavanya, since this is a side, its not watery.

Sandeepa, Asha, Latha Maami, Pooja, Thanks a ton :)

Bee, Coleslaw minus the blunt mayo, plus a tasty tadka.

Oh yes Kanchana. I think that was the basic idea behind this recipe. You can even make thogayal with chow chow peel.

Siri, thogayal was very mellow. You may like it.

Sure try this Bharathy. Lemme know whether u liked 'em.

TC, You are making me blush. C'mon!

Thanks Namratha.

Rajitha, Indirectly this makes beetroot rice too. But yr idea is cool. Will try that next time.

Down-to-earth recipe, Tee. You will like it.

Priya, Nandri :D

You are welcome, Cynthia :)

Sig, Chutney is a very braod term that I have used for understanding purposes. I think Siv would be yr best guide. Give that man a credit once in a while ;)

Oh yeah, Viji. This reminds me of my mom's cooking.

sunita said...

The names themselves are lovely...so are their looks...I bet you must have had a really nice meal...I love both cabbage and beet greens:)

Srivalli said...

Beautiful picture, even simple things look wonderful through your lens...great job

Priya said...

both the preperations are inetersting..should try it...

swapna susarla said...

i do often make cabbage with curd but in a different type.i never used coconut and yogurt.sure will be great taste!!

Suma Gandlur said...

Never heard about both the dishes. Must be delicious.
Your Friendship bread looks fabulous as always.:)

Pravs said...

I made this today for lunch..it was just like how cucumber pachadi tasted. Mild and tasty :)

Kribha said...

Beet leaves thogayal is a new dish to me. Will surely try it. Never done cabbage also this way. Thanks for sharing these nice dishes.

Nags said...

hey Suganya,

Yesterday i was showing a colleague ur blog and he was soooo impressed with ur photos. he is also an amateur photographer and immediately wanted ur blog URL :) have sent it.

I think i will always be an eternal fan of your blog and Jugalbandi :)

keep posting.

Suganya said...

Thank you for yr enthusiasm and support, Nags. Appreciate it :)

Susan said...

I could eat a mountain of that cabbage! So healthy, too. Thanks for the idea, Suganya, and the translations. I'd be pretty lost to figure out thogayal, vatral kuzhambu, etc.

Sharmi said...

never heard of beet leaf thohayal. must be good and nutritious.

SeeC said...

Beet leaf thogayal is a lovely
idea.
I have never seen beets here with leaves. Will remember this and try it when i get.

Ramya said...

Your recipe is really superb! I made cabbage more kootu yesterday and it came out really well! My husband was so happy :P .. thanks for posting this! :)

Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

Suganya,
Tried the cabbage mor kootu and loved it with rice. I've put a picture in my blog
Deepa

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