Easy, Quick, and healthy Steam-fried Cabbage

Add mustard seeds, sesames, chia seeds, and finger millets (Ragi flour) to 2 teaspoons of warm oil in a pan/w. Once the mustards start spluttering, add two medium spicy green chillies, and grated ginger. Mix it well, and add carrots sliced thin and cabbage cut into long thin strands. Add salt, turmeric, and put the lid on for 2-3 minutes. At this point, add kale and put the lid on without stirring. In 2 minutes, when the kale turns soft and starts sweating, mix it all well. On a medium flame, leave it on the hob for another two to three minutes. Now,  switch off the flame, add a dash of lemon juice and a handful of freshly grated coconut. Put the lid on, and in 5 minutes, your power-packed, healthy quick cabbage curry is ready.

This recipe is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. 

You can also deep fry cabbage, as shown here, by sprinkling chickpea and rice flours on the shredded cabbage by moistening with water, salt and chilli powder.  Or, try this healthy recipe which I made by accident, running out of time and ideas on a hot summer day. 

Semiya/Vermicelli Pulao

Dry roast vermicelli and keep it aside. Grind Indian spices (Cloves, Cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper, kasuri methi) with fresh coconut and tomatoes. Shallow fry vegetables and dry fruits of your choice, add the ground paste with ghee/butter. Add water (2:1 with vermicelli) and let that boil. At this point, add the vermicelli, let it cook until the water is all absorbed.

This is my mum’s signature dish and my favourite!

Pepper Peanut Rice

Dry roast peanuts, red chillies, cloves, black peppers, cinnamon, coriander and fennel seeds, any lentils, cashew, almonds.. whatever you can dry roast. Once cooled down, grind them all.

To a table spoon of oil, add chopped bell peppers, sweet corn, green peas, edamames, broccoli, and any vegetables that cook faster. Add boiled rice, salt, and butter/ghee. Once mixed well, add the powder we made. Switch off the flame and there you go!

Pepper peanut rice is ready!

Happy ‘Fry’day!

Let’s relish these flavours from India!


Never tried cabbage before? You will not regret trying this, and can’t help but fall in love with cabbage.


Cone dosa, a savoury crepe made with rice and lentils, is my son’s favourite.


Poori, a deep fried flat bread, made with wheat flour can be relished any time!


Tindora/Dondakaay, (Coccinia grandis, the ivy gourd) melts in mouth when deep fried!

Let this be a happy ‘Fry’day!