Purple Cabbage Usili

Purple Cabbage Usili

Red Cabbage Usili:


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.


18 Responses so far.

  1. wow…a nice one Malar….i love purple cabbage….loved this…

  2. Awesome color of usili…
    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. Jay says:

    very innovative n healthy recipe…!

  4. Leena says:

    Nice recipe..I do this often..Tasty and nutritious!

  5. Sayantani says:

    looks so pretty. never tried purple cabbage. does it taste different?

  6. Nandini says:

    The cabbage usili is very healthy! Love the colour!

    Nandini’s Food Page

  7. Satya says:

    usili looks very delicious ..love this beautiful color ..good to c u after a long time


  8. Satrupa says:

    Dear Malar,

    Thanks for your comment. Hope you had a lovely vacation. Luv the purple color of this dish.

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,


  9. Looks nice and delicious.. perfect clicks !!

  10. simply.food says:

    Wow the colour of this dish is amazing.Looks delicious.

  11. Looks colorful and inviting. Only thing is I don’t like the taste of purple cabbage in any way but most friends do. Will tell them to check out this recipe.

  12. Nithya says:

    oh wow.. that looks so tempting :) colorful and cute too :)

  13. AM falling in love with this pink color…they looks great

  14. Priya says:

    Beautiful looking usili..

  15. jais says:

    looks good n yummy

  16. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Healthy combo! Love the colors.

  17. Anonymous says:

    What do you do with the powdered fennel, salt, dry chilies and curry leaves? I don’t see that being used.

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