Cabbage Chana Dal Subzi ~ Cabbage Chickpea Lentil Stir Fry



Cabbage is a pretty boring vegetable. The only way I like to have it is in the form of this stir fry for rice. Sometimes, I end up buying a big one and then forget about it in the fridge, and one fine day, when it stares back at me, I wonder what to do with it. It was during one such incident that this recipe was discovered. Here is another one to be added onto it when you are looking for inspirations to cook with cabbage…


Channa dal aka chickpea lentils or bengal gram goes amazingly well with any vegetable – a perfect example being the lauki chana dal sabzi. This recipe was a trial in similar lines, just that cabbage is more of a scoop-able vegetable than one that can be curried. I kept the flavors very simple and let the vegetable plus lentil do the talking. We really enjoyed it with our chapathis and I ate it just like that without anything to go with it for lunch the next day too. Hehe… I am really glad to have come across one more way of dealing with cabbage… πŸ™‚ Off to the recipe…



Cabbage Chana Dal Subzi ~ Cabbage Chickpea Lentil Stir Fry

Course Curry
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 -4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/2 cup chickpea lentil bengal gram
  • 1 small cabbage sliced
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • A pinch asafoetida hing
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Pressure cook the chickpea lentils till done. It should hold its shape and shouldn't be mushy. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large pan, heat oil. Splutter cumin and mustard seeds. Fry the curry leaves.
  • Add the cabbage, chillies and salt and mix well.
  • Sprinkle in the powders and cook, on low flame, stirring occasionally till the cabbage is done. Cabbage will release water when on closed lid.
  • When the cabbage is almost done, add the drained lentils and mix well. Cook till completely done.
  • Adjust salt and serve warm with chapathis.

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  1. I have a big half of cabbage left and was intendinf to something may be this one ❀️ Small size is hard to find and big ones means too many times i will be serving cabbage ???? I love to add it to momos it gives a juciy filling when steamed…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Here we get half cut ones, but still they are always big enough… hehe… I love the idea of adding to momos, it even tastes good in spring rolls… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Fami…

  2. I can have this with rice as well as roti…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Amrita…

  3. ha ha..I also take out cabbage as the last one from my fridge too, My MIL makes this preparation with chana dal and I usually end up making the simple thoran..looks perfect to go with rice πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thoran is what I always do but at times you have to finish it for dinner since I hardly make lunch, so have to come up with ways to utilize it to go with chapathis… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Julie…

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