January 09, 2022

Kos (Cabbage) Kootu | South indian style cabbage lentil curry

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 Winter is the best time to enjoy and relish fresh vegetables.  These days though almost all vegetables are available year round ,there is always something special about buying and cooking winter special veggies .  Cabbage and carrots are my most fav winter vegetables. 

My favorite for lunch time would be the yummy mildly spiced Cabbage kootu which mom would serve with hot rice ,ghee and roasted papad .

As a child,I would love to visit the vegetable market with my mom to enjoy the beautiful display of crisp fresh winter produce namely radishes, cabbages,cauliflower,  spinach (palak), fresh methi (Fenugreek) ,capsciums,carrots , broccoli etc . The vendors would have stacked them so perfectly that one would not feel like disturbing the stack .

Gajar would be bought unfailingly to make garma garam gajar halwa and methi ,cabbage ,cauliflower would also join the band wagon to get transformed into yummy methi theplas , gobhi parathas , pakoras etc .

This month in our food group Shhh cooking secretly, we had decided on Healthy Cooking as the theme . I was paired with Anu Kollon of Ente Thattukada and we exchanged our secret ingredients to dish out our healthy recipes . Anu has dished out green peas egg stir fry which I am sure will be a hit with egg lovers and I chose to make this humble and protein packed Cabbage Kootu which is a family favorite at my place.  Hubby loves to have paruppu podi rice and cabbage kootu while I love to have kootu rice and papads with some pickle or cool Vellarikaai Pachadi in summer .

Preparation Time - 15 mins
Cooking Time - 20 mins
Serves - 2 to 3 
Complexity - easy 

2 cups chopped cabbage 
1/2 cup frozen or fresh peas 
1/2 cup moong dhall/paasi paruppu 
4 - 5 tbsp fresh grated coconut
1tsp jeera 
1/2 tsp pepper corns 
3 to 4 dry red chillies 
1 tsp coconut oil 
1 tsp mustard seeds 
Pinch of turmeric
Salt as needed 
pinch of asafoetida 
Few fresh curry leaves 


  • Wash the moong dhall thoroughly and pressure cook with 2 cups water and pinch of turmeric until soft and mushy .
  • Boil the cabbage and peas in a deep pan with water and some salt .
  • Grind the coconut, red chillies,  jeera,pepper into a fine paste .
  • Add this ground paste to the cooked cabbage and bring to a rolling boil then add the cooked moong dhall to this cabbage and mix well . Adjust salt if needed 
  • Add 1/2 cup water and bring to a rolling boil while you keep stirring the kootu else it will get burnt easily because of coconut paste .
  • Prepare a tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves in coconut oil and pour over the kootu . Mix the tempering and serve hot with rice. 
  • Goes well with rotis too .

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  1. An interesting preparation Priya using moong dal and cabbage. I normally don't think of adding lentils to cabbage. Having said that, Kos kootu is definitely a must try recipe, healthy and sounds so flavourful.

  2. We all at home love kootu. Never tried it with cabbage, though. Your recipe is not only well explained, it sounds so flavorful. Adding it to my bucket list.

  3. A nice way to add cabbage to your diet. I do this with cauliflower and a few other veggies, but never tried cabbage. I will try this and the South Indian way.

  4. We make this cabbage kootu often too, and it's a big favourite at home. Love this delicious preparation, made all the more nutritious with the addition of lentils. Great way to consume cabbage!

  5. South Indian style cabbage lentil curry looks so tempting. A healthy and delicious side dish. I would love to have it with hot fulka or paratha. Loved the use of lentil in the dry curry.

  6. Kos kootu is absolutely lip smacking and addictive. We make it at home too . My boys are not a great fan of cabbage but this dish is eaten without any fuss. Moong dal and Kos are a heavenly combo.

  7. Cabbage lentil curry sounds so healthy and flavorful! It would make a soulful meal with steamed rice and some pickle.

  8. My dad use to prepare cabbage kootu,loved your version kootu by adding moong dal. Like to have it with hot hot roti's.

  9. Cabbage with moong dal is such a healthy dish and makes a perfect curry for rice. I would love to try this recipe.

  10. Cabbage kootu looks absolutely delicious! Love the flavor profile and it is comforting with ghee rice! Yummy!

  11. that market click with the colourful veggies is so attractive ! cabbage kootu is a fav at home, I make it similarly except adding 1/2 tsp roasted urad dal to the spice paste

  12. Cabbage kootu looks so delicious and flavorful. This reminds of cabbage kootu my mom makes. She used to use toor dal instead of moong dal. Will try your version sometime

  13. cabbage kootu looks absolutely delicious! Must be tasted so delicious with some ghee rice! Yummy share priya!

  14. Cabbage kootu is one of our favourites too.i need to try adding the black pepper. I have never tried it with it, sure it is yummy.


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