Muttakkoos Upperi ~ Cabbage Stir Fry

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Moving on to today’s recipe, whenever I make rice and curry with fish fry (of course!), I always like to pair it up with a stir fry or upperi as we call it. Usually, it is carrot or my favorite, French beans but this one also happens to be a favorite for me. Apart from the time taken for shredding the cabbage, which I still do it the old fashioned way using a knife and on a cutting board, putting the dish together is such a breeze and so good to eat! It is a dish that often appears on sadyas (the banana leaf meals that Keralites have during festivals like Onam and Vishu) because of it’s simplicity. There may be variations but this is the way umma makes it and we love it too… Off to the recipe…



Muttakkoos Upperi ~ Cabbage Stir Fry

Course Vegeterian Sides
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp grated fresh coconut
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a kadai.
  • Splutter the mustard seeds.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients and give a nice mix.
  • Cook on low flame with closed lid, stirring occasionally till the cabbage is wilted and cooked.
  • Serve warm with rice and curry!

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  1. this simple stir-fry could be a great companion with a rice meal..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amrita…

  2. a simple & healthy stir to try.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shobha…

  3. kids favorite,healthy one!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Julie…

  4. Nice new format of the blog and new classic cabbage dish. This one I’ve made don’t know how many times already.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nava…

  5. this is the same way we also make,nice one

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruxana…

  6. I too make it the same way minus coconut because my girl doesn’t like coconut in it . This is the best way to feed low calorie, bland cabbage.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nusrath… Yes, this is one of the best ways to have cabbage…

  7. hey how are u?
    I am visiting you blog after a long time, i promise i will be more active now.
    Looks sooooo yumm, i am gonna try it soon πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I am doing good Shweta… thank you so much dear… πŸ™‚

  8. Simple, healthy and which assures its place on side for rice almost every week πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  9. thats a comfort side dish anytime..Yumm yumm

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sathya…

  10. I have never been a fan of cabbage but this looks yumm

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

  11. Coconut Oil gives wonderful flavor and taste to stir frys…Cabbage Stir fry looks inviting!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sangeetha…

  12. This stir fry looks perfect for lunch with roti / chapati. Well made stir fry.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jeena…

  13. Just yesterday we were talking about how we haven’t had cabbage thoran for a long time now and now you post it..I think its a sign to make it soon…:)

    Cabbage Upperi and hot rice plus some moru curry….ahh the meal is just perfect

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yeah… so better make it! Oru meen fryum koodiyaayal ushaaraayi… hehe… Thanks a lot Anupa… πŸ™‚

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