Spicy Cabbage Masala


This tasty cabbage masala is spicy and completely vegetarian. You can serve with rice, roti or naan bread. Recipe for 4 people, ready in fifteen minutes.

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Spicy cabbage masala
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2015-03-19, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 15 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 29-10-2023

15 minutes 4 people Side dishes
Spicy cabbage masala


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  • 1 Chinese cabbage
  • 3 cm fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
Spicy cabbage masala ingredients
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  • Chopping board
  • Chef's knife
  • Large frying pan + lid
  • Grater

Spicy Cabbage Masala

15 minutes 4 people Side dishes

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Preparation 5 minutes

Start by making the spice mix; decide how spicy you want it to be. Chop the garlic cloves as finely as possible and grate 3 cm of fresh ginger.

Mix in the ground cumin, black mustard seeds, ground turmeric, salt and chilli powder. Wash the Chinese cabbage and cut into bite-sized pieces.

Spicy cabbage masala
Spicy cabbage masala

Finishing the spicy cabbage masala 10 minutes

Heat some sunflower oil in a large frying pan. Add the spice mix and fry for 1 - 2 minutes. You will notice that the mustard seeds will start to pop.

Once the garlic is golden, add the chopped Chinese cabbage and stir well. Place the lid on the frying pan, then after 2 minutes, add the garam masala.

Mix everything together well and sauté for 5 minutes with the lid on the pan. If you would prefer the cabbage to have less crunch, cook it (lid one) for a few more minutes.

This vegetarian spicy cabbage masala is delicious with rice, naan bread or roti. Enjoy!

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