Cabbage Usili – Treating Vegetables Special:)

Cabbage Usili – Treating Vegetables Special:)

Muttai Koss Paruppu Usili:

Muttacose Paruppu Usili. Koss Usili.

Did I tell you this? When I tried (yeah, didn’t succeed)to practice vegetarianism for the past few months…I happend to discover my own culinary skills. Before that, I never paid attention to the vegetables…used to stock them up as a routine stuff, and stir-fry in a very basic way. Now, started appreciating all the goodness they possess. Treating them special, fashioning the old recipes. Good, it worked…like it a lot.


Cabbage – layered and chopped
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Chana dal 1/2 spoon
Urad dal 1/2 spoon
Curry leaves few
Green chilies 3 finely chopped
Dry red chilies 6
Thuvar dal 1 cup(soaked in water for 20 minutes)
Ginger-garlic paste 1 spoon
Fennel seeds 3 spoons
Salt(to grind with dal)
Salt for beans
Turmeric 1 pinch
Curry leaves few(to grind)
Oil 2 table spoons.


Dry grind fennel seeds, salt, dry chilies and curry leaves. Set them aside.

Wet grind thuvar dal bit coarsely and set aside.

Heat oil, in a wide pan. Add mustard, cumin, curry leaves, chana and urad dal. Let them pop and splutter well.

Add green chilies and cabbage. Fry well. Add salt and 1 pinch of turmeric powder. Sprinkle little water over this. Cover and cook.

When it is 3/4th cooked add the wet ground paste and cook without lid. Let the dal paste get well coated with the vegetable. Toss to all the sides..until dal gets fried and cooked.

Run few spoons of oil now, if needed. The dal should not be wet or undercooked anymore. It should be sort of crispy and fragrant now.

Serve this hot as a side dish to rice or chappathi/roti.


23 Responses so far.

  1. delicious muttacose usli..very healthy one too good with rice n rasam..

  2. I am so glad I got one more variety for making cabbage. Great pics, thanks :)

  3. usili with cabbage is a nice try..looks yummy

  4. says:

    Interesting dish I have never cooked cabbage with dhals.

  5. Madhuri says:

    This is new. Adding the spies to usili. love the flavour of fennel seeds it.

  6. Yummy Team says:

    Delicious dish, Malar!! Great recipe too..Do we really need 2 cups of oil for this recipe or is that a typo?

  7. i usually do this in a simple way but this looks more delicious than what i do…thanks for sharing malar,nice recipe

  8. Rajee says:

    Nice usili Malar. I normally steam the dal paste.

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  10. Priya says:

    Woww tempting cabbage usili, thanks for sharing..

  11. Cabbage paruppu usili looks good Malar…love the way you have cur the cabbage :)

  12. Soma Pradhan says:

    Its true every vegetable has its own good taste provided we know how to cook..specially cabbage which has anti-cancerial properties must be taken often…

  13. Cabbage with daal is a new combination for me sounds good.Nice Recipe.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  14. Suhaina says:

    looks very tempting. love to have some rice now.
    Sounds very interesting.

  15. Indrani says:

    lovely recipe, cabbage is my fav. to try this to have some entries from u for my summer food & drinks : wish, send me to, not to teh mail in the announcement..ends this sunday

  16. VineelaSiva says:

    wow malar never tried this curry.Looks different.Its just gring the raw toor dal or grind the cooked dal.

  17. Nandini says:

    Nice variation from regular poriyal. I should try this for my hubby.

  18. RAKS KITCHEN says:

    Looks good,never tried with muttagose!

  19. Valarmathi says:

    Cabage usli looks tempting and yummy. Nice recipe.

  20. Sounds too good.. looks nice and delicious.. lovely clicks!!

  21. Hema says:

    Wow! Very tempting. Cabbage Usili is awesome.

  22. sayantani says:

    thanks for sharing this as we are bored of eating cabbages the same way. this is interesting and use completely different sets of spices than what we use to cook cabbage. looks lovely .

  23. Sumi says:

    Love the idea of making usili with cabbage..will try it out.

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