I am drowning in produce. Let me confess -- I am so glad my CSA has the option of a Winter share to tide us through this lean growing season in the Pacific Northwest, but sometimes the pressure gets to me. What pressure you ask? The pressure of using up last week's produce before my next pick-up day. Hey, I know wah wah! Seriously, I am truly blessed. Given what is going on around us, if this is pressure, then I am one lucky and blessed girl.
Anyway, I opened the refrigerator this evening, and here is what stared back at me -- a head of green cabbage and a 5lb bag of yukon golds. We had some leftover dal from the other day, so a quick sabzi was in order. Why do I call this a sabzi instead of a curry? Well, let me explain this briefly. You don't want to get me started on my Andy Roooney-esque 'curry' rant. I call preparations with gravy a 'curry' and dry ones 'sabzi'. Yes, this is a dry "curry" if you will. It is imperative to have a dal or raita to round out the meal when you are eating sabzi. Of course, you need a starch in the form of roti or rice.
What? You don't like cabbage except in the form of mayonnaise-drenched coleslaw? Give this a try. I have turned many a cabbage hater into a "hearter" :-) And, yes, this sabzi comes together in the magic 30-minutes and under mark. Great for a quick weeknight meal.
Cabbage and Potato Sabzi
1 head green cabbage, chopped
4 small yukon gold potatoes, quartered and cut into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 large, or 1 small onion, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
2 tsp tomato paste
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp sugar
1/2 cup frozen green peas
1/4 cup water
Chopped cilantro, for garnish
1. Heat a saucepan and add 2 tbsp canola oil. Add cumin seeds and brown. Add onions and garlic.Saute a couple minutes till light brown. Add one more tbsp oil. Then add potatoes and saute until partially cooked through, approx. 5 minutes. Add turmeric, cumin powder, chili powder,sugar, and salt. Saute a few minutes till spices smell aromatic.
2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Cook a few minutes. Add cabbage and stir well to coat evenly. Cover, and cook on medium heat for 15 - 20 minutes or until potatoes are fully cooked. Add peas, stir them in and cook a few more minutes. Check seasonings. Add more salt if needed.
3. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.