This is another great toor dal dish, how I love this lentil with its silky smooth texture. Meenakshi Ammal’s recipe is based on the recipe for Brinjal Chidambaram Gothsu, except that the eggplant is replaced with cabbage.
The cabbage gives the dish an entirely different flavour. While the eggplant has a smokiness about it that enhances the dish, and the flesh melts into the toor dal, the cabbage retains some texture and bite and a definable taste of cabbage. But it is oh so good. The green chilli adds a lovely fresh heat.
Although this recipe is the same as the one for Brinjal Chidambaram Gothsu, it has a different name – Cabbage Baaji. Gothsu/Kothsu is made from eggplants only.
You could also try these similar dishes – Beetroot Vathakuzhambu, Poritha Kootu with Snake Gourd, Brinjal Kothsu, Poritha Kootu with Coconut Chilli Paste, Poritha Kootu, Brinjal Chidambaram Gothsu, Pitlai, and Poritha Kuzhambu with Amaranth Leaves.
Or alternatively, check out all of our cabbage recipes, and all of Meenakshi Ammal’s dishes that we have made. All Indian recipes are here. You might like to browse Indian Essentials. Or take some time to explore our Mid Autumn collection of recipes.
Cabbage Baaji | Cabbage Kothsu
0.25 cups red gram dal (toor dal)
6 green chillies
0.25 tspn brown mustard seeds
small piece ginger, chopped
2 tspns ghee or Indian Sesame Oil
Cook the toor dal until very mushy/pastey. This will take around 30 mins unless the dal is old and drier – then it will take longer. Add a little water if necessary and mix well.
Meanwhile, shred the cabbage and cook in a little water with salt until tender.
Add the cabbage to the cooked toor dal with the asafoetida powder. Bring it back to the boil.
Fry the chopped chillies in ghee and add to the cabbage and dal, and mix well. Boil again for a few minutes then remove from the heat.
Make the tadka by melting the ghee and adding the mustard seeds. Allow them to pop, then add the ginger. After a moment add the cashew nuts and curry leaves, allow the nuts to brown slightly, then pour all onto the dal.
Squeeze the lime juice and add to the dal. Mix, garnish with coriander leaves and serve.