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Easy Curry Indian Cabbage Recipe

Curry Indian cabbage recipe you’ll love. A tender easy cabbage recipe fried on the stove in a skillet with a ton of flavor. Serve as a side dish or a vegetarian snack. You can make it spicy or leave mild, either way it is a healthy family favorite dish.

Indian Cabbage Recipe

Fried Indian cabbage is great. If you love curry and all the things you can put it in this one is for you. Whether you make this green vegetable during St Patricks Day and that is it, or you’re like us and cook it year round it’s easy to do. Add red pepper flakes for heat or not, it’s super versatile. (affiliate links present)

Indian Fried Cabbage

We have made the “traditional” fried cabbage on the stovetop before. That has a saltier flavor with soy sauce and bacon bits. Still incredibly good but a totally different flavor profile for sure. Depending on what you’re making as your main dish you might want something wit a bit more flare.

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Let’s say you’re making our butter chicken recipe, you would want to keep with that flavor profile as far as Indian food side dishes might go. If you make Indian recipes every now and then you should already have the seasonings you’ll need in your spice rack. The main ones are curry, cumin and coriander. If you don’t have them I’ll provide a link below.

Curry Cabbage Recipe

Indian Cabbage Curry

You can cut cabbage a number of different ways, that is really up to you. I just sliced the head in half and then sliced into slender pieces. You could chop into smaller cole slaw like pieces too if you wanted to. Keep in mind that the smaller the pieces are the quicker they will soften. You will want to keep an eye on it if you want to keep a bit of texture to it still.

  • 2 c cabbage sliced
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Coriander
  • 1/3 tsp curry powder
  • Paprika
  • Ground ginger
  • Cumin
  • Minced garlic
  • Vegetable broth or water
Does coconut milk make curry less spicy?

I wouldn’t say that curry is spicy but yes it can be an intense flavor that you might want to tone down a bit. The best and most traditional way would be to add coconut milk to your dish. Use regular vs. a low fat version.

Another benefit to using canned coconut milk is that the dish will remain dairy free if that is a concern for your household (it is for ours). Of course another alternative is to add less seasoning all together too. We do this with our oxtail curry. Measurements are to flavor 2 cups of green cabbage. If you wanted more just double everything.

skillet cabbage

Curry Cabbage Recipe

This was made in a skillet, you could use a Dutch Oven too. Something with a lid is a must so you can steam it for a bit and get it softened nicely. You could follow the instructions and timing for our Instant Pot fried cabbage if you wanted to use your pressure cooker instead. That cuts down the timing quite a bit, usually our go to resource.

If I do it with that method I will make a batch of our Instant Pot Curry first and as that is resting I will make some of this to serve it all together for a meal.

  • Fry the sliced or chopped cabbage in oil for 7 minutes on low heat, stir occasionally so it begins to become tender.
  • Wait for the cabbage to soften and brown around the edges.
  • Add the diced onions, stir and fry everything together for another 5 minutes.
  • Add salt, spices, garlic and stir, fry for another 3 minutes.
  • Pour in 1/4 cup broth or a quarter cup of water, stir and cover the pan with a lid.
  • After 5-7 minutes remove once your Indian cabbage is as tender as you’d like and serve.

Delicious both hot and cold as a cabbage salad. Typically you would enjoy this right out of the pan for dinner. It saves well too though if you have leftovers. If you do allow it to cool completely, then store in a sealed container and in the fridge. The next day enjoy it right out of the cooler! So good this way too, like we do our pickled cabbage.

Indian Cabbage Curry

Cabbage with Indian Spices

What can I add to curry to make it more flavorful? I mean if you think the seasonings aren’t bold enough for you in this one I would be surprised. BUT if that is the case you might want to use whole spices instead of ground and heat them in the oil to release those flavors first. Whole boasts more intense flavors.

Cabbage Stir Fry

There are a ton of variations when you cook cabbage. Adding small bits of other vegetables to steam with it is a given. The most popular choice would be fresh green peas. You could toss these with garam masala before adding to make them more Indian style veggies. Other variations and choices to add would be;

What is a good seasoning for cooked cabbage?

We use many of the same blends to make this as our curry fried chicken too.

  • Adding a bit of turmeric powder in there
  • Mustard seeds would add a bit of tang
  • A bit of heat with green chilis or red pepper flakes works well
  • Use whole cumin seeds instead of ground for a more intense flavor
  • Try some curry leaves if you like
  • You can serve cabbage with a bit of grated fresh coconut on the top like you do with cabbage poriyal

If you’re pretty sure some may want to tone down the flavor you could have a small pitcher of coconut milk available on the table. Then if someone wants it they can pour a bit on, fold it in, and cream it as they wish. To add a chana dal flare to it you would want to cook curry lentils on the side and fold them in when tender to your liking.

Indian Fried Cabbage

Can you save cooked cabbage

You can but realize that it will change the texture. When cooled and stored in the fridge it will continue to soften the longer it sits. I am a big texture person so I won’t leave it longer than 24 hours. When I am ready I will either eat it cold as is or warmed like air fryer cabbage so it adds a bit of crisp to the edges.

The latter is typically the way to go for me but to each their own. I hate wasting food so I like providing a few options, this one is great cold and warm really. Let us know if you add something else we hadn’t mentioned you thought worked out well!

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Indian Cabbage Recipe

Curry Indian cabbage recipe you'll love. A tender easy cabbage recipe cooked on the stove in a skillet with a ton of flavor.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword cabbage, curry, indian, skillet, stove
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 78kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Fry the cabbage in oil for 7 minutes at low heat, stirring occasionally. Wait for the cabbage to soften and brown around the edges. Add the onion, stir and fry everything together for another 5 minutes.
  • Add salt, spices, garlic and stir, fry for another 3 minutes. Pour in 1/4 cup broth or water, stir and cover the pan with a lid. After 5-7 minutes, Indian cabbage will be ready. Delicious both hot and cold.


Nutrition Facts
Indian Cabbage Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 260mg11%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 152IU3%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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