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When I used to visit my aunt Padhu chithi, she used to create magic with the pressure pan and veggies. She would have food that looked app...

Warm Cabbage Salad / Cabbage Poriyal: Made Using A Pressure Pan

When I used to visit my aunt Padhu chithi, she used to create magic with the pressure pan and veggies. She would have food that looked appetizing, colorful and fresh on the table in minutes. She was very skilled in cutting vegetables uniformly, which helped for them to get cooked evenly. Apart from that, she had a technical mind and though she had many cooks around her in the kitchen, on days she has to manage on her own, her techniques worked perfectly. On my last trip to India, I asked her the trick to making her pressure cooker version of cabbage curry and she told me how it is done. This method works when you need to get things done really fast. Also please pay caution, when releasing the pressure from the pan. I just tried her technique with the purple cabbage and it turned out well.


Cutting Board
Pressure Pan 
Measuring Cups and Spoons


Purple Cabbage - 2 cups 
Ghee - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - a few shakes
Udad Dal - 1 tsp
Coconut - 1 tbsp
Curry Leaves and Cilantro - some chopped
Green Chillies - 1 thinly sliced


1. Heat the pressure pan with ghee. Add mustard seeds, asafoetida, allow for mustard to pop. Add udad dhal and green chillies. Allow the udad dhal to turn golden brown.

2. Add the finely shredded cabbage to a colander and wash it. Add the cabbage immediately to the seasoning and give it a toss. There will be some water in the cabbage. Cover the pressure pan. Allow for it to cook to a whistle. Remove from heat. Try releasing the pressure slowing with a spoon immediately. Open the pressure pan after all the pressure is released.

3. Add coconut, curry leaves and cilantro as garnish, give it a toss and serve it hot.

My entry to CFK event hosted by Food & Ramblings.


  1. Love the beautiful Purple Color in this salad...

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  2. Hi Srimathi ,

    WoW !!!! Purple violet ,

    my favourite colour...

    looks yummy Srimathi:)

  3. lovely color....looking delicious :)

  4. Wat a super catchy poriyal..Simple but yet tasty.

  5. wow lovely color of salad. so inviting

  6. This is one of my favorite curries looks so good.

  7. That looks so colorful and pretty!

    {I couldnt publish it on veganchutney coz ghee is not vegan.:)}

  8. Simple comfort food, love the color too !

    I also loved your chaat bread, what a lovely idea that was, I can imagine it tasted pretty awesome :)