Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 15 minutes
Cuisine: Indian , Maharashtra
Level Of Cooking: Easy
- 250 gms Cabbage, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp Chana Dal /Split Bengal gram ,soaked in a cup of water for 2-3 hours
- 2 tbsp coconut, finely grated
- 2 tbsp Oil
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- 1 tps Mustard seeds
- 1 tsp Ginger paste
- 1 tsp Garlic paste
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
Soak the chana dal for 3-4 hours.Cut the cabbage in fine threads or it can be grated too keep aside.
Heat oil in a wok / kadahi / or pan add mustard seeds, when it crackles add curry leaves, ginger paste and garlic paste. Stir and sauté for two minutes.
Add chana dal, cabbage turmeric powder and salt and cook on low flame until chana dal is soft. Add grated fresh coconut mix well. Cook for two minutes more. Serve hot.
Health benefits of cabbage:
Fresh, dark green-leafy cabbage is incredibly nutritious; but very low in fat and calories. 100 g of leaves provide just 25 calories.
The vegetable is a storehouse of phyto-chemicals like thiocyanates, indole-3-carbinol, lutein, zea-xanthin, sulforaphane, and isothiocyanates. These compounds are powerful antioxidants and known to help protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers and help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood.
Fresh cabbage is an excellent source of natural antioxidant, vitamin C. Provides 36.6 mg or about 61% of RDA per 100 g. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
Total antioxidant strength measured in terms of oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC value) is 508 µmol TE/100 g. Red cabbages contain more antioxidant value, 2252 µmol TE/100 g.
It is also rich in essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that our body requires them from external sources to replenish.
It also contains a adequate amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for the red blood cell formation.
Cabbage is a very good source of vitamin K, provides about 63% of RDA levels. Vitamin-K has the potential role in bone metabolism by promoting osteotrophic activity in them. So enough vitamin K in the diet gives you healthy bones. In addition, vitamin-K also has established role in curing Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage inside their brain.