cabbage upkari recipe, how to make konkani cabbage upkari recipe


cabbage upkari is one recipe which was a staple at home. this recipe is made with cabbage, beans, caulifower and even snake gourd, bottle gourd and pumpkin. the chana dal and the coconut were always there and this was my favorite combination with any veggie. this used to be my tiffin box lunch in school with chapatis.

cabbage upkari is one of my favorite ways to have cabbage besides the cabbage pakora.

cabbage upkari recipe

i enjoyed making this one cabbage upkari recipe so much… don’t know why…. most of the time i like to cook. but this one was so good with all the cutting, chopping and clicking…

konkani cabbage upkari recipe

lets begin step by step cabbage upkari recipe:

1. firstly pick, rinse the chana dal. then soak these in water for 1 hour.

soaked chana dal for cabbage upkari recipe

 2. remove the first layer of the cabbage. rinse the cabbage in water. slice the cabbage from the center.

lovely cabbage

3. now if you don’t have a food processor, you have to use a knife to chop or slice the cabbage. slice the two halves of the cabbage finely.

sliced cabbage

4. hmmmm… finished slicing all the cabbage.

cabbage slices

5. now comes the cooking part. heat oil in a pan and fry the cumin seeds.

frying jeera in oil for cabbage upkari

6. after they sizzle, add the onions and saute the onions till they become transparent.

frying onions for cabbage upkari

7. then add the crushed garlic and saute it till the raw smell of garlic disappears.

frying garlic for cabbage upkari

8. now add the cabbage and chana dal.

adding cabbage chana dal

9. add the green chilies also.

adding green chilies to cabbage upkari

10. mix the cabbage with the chana dal. and then add the salt and spice powders.

adding spice powders to cabbage upkari

11. stir the cabbage with the spice powders.

mixing the spice powders for cabbage upkari

12. cover the pan and let the cabbage cook in its own juice. you could add 1/2 cup of water to the cabbage to avoid the cabbage from being burnt. see the notes section below. stir in between, by removing the lid of the pan. this is how the cabbage looks after 14 minutes.

cabbage upkari after 14 minutes

13. the cabbage will be half cooked now and its time to add the grated coconut. mix the whole veggie well with the coconut.

adding coconut to cabbage upkari

14. this is how the cabbage appears after 3 minutes. check to see if the chana dal is cooked.

cabbage upkari after 3 minutes

15. cook for some more 10-15 minutes or till the chana dal is cooked. garnish with coriander leaves. serve cabbage upkari hot with chapatis or phulkas.

konkan cabbage upkari recipe

few imp points for cabbage upkari recipe:

  • usually we don’t add water as there is one steaming method which we follow in our house while cooking veggies. we cover the pan with a broad thali/plate instead of a lid. and add some water on top of the thali. the water in the thali does not allow the veggies to get burnt or stick to the pan. this also accelerates the cooking process. when the water evaporates & dries whilst cooking, then add some more water on the thali.
  • but if you are not going to do this method, then add around 1/2 cup or 3/4th cup of water to the cabbage. this is to ensure the cabbage does not get burnt. keep on stirrring the cabbage after intervals to avoid it from sticking to the pan. keep on a low flame.
  • we add curry leaves to the upkari, but i did not have curry leaves on this day.
  • also i decided to skip mustard seeds, but at home we usually add mustard seeds to the cabbage upkari.

cabbage chana dal recipe

if you are looking for more cabbage recipes then do check cabbage thoran and fugad de repolho – goan recipe.

cabbage upkari recipe details below:

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cabbage upkari
cabbage upkari - cabbage steamed with coconut and chana dal
CUISINE: konkani, indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 2 small cabbage or 1 large cabbage
  • ¾ cup chana dal/split & skinned bengal gram
  • ¾ cup fresh grated coconut or dessicated coconut
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped
  • 4-5 garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 1-2 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder (optional)
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • a pinch of asafoetida (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped coriander/cilantro leaves for garnish
  • salt to taste
  1. soak the chana dal in water for 1 hour.
  2. heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds and fry the cumin seeds.
  3. add the onions and saute them till they become transparent.
  4. now add the garlic and curry leaves and fry for a minute or two.
  5. add the cabbage, chana dal, green chilies.
  6. add the spice powders and salt.
  7. mix everything and cover and cook the cabbage.
  8. after 10-15 minutes, when the cabbage is half cooked, add the grated coconut.
  9. cover and cook for some more 15-20 minutes till the chana dal is cooked.
  10. garnish with coriander leaves and serve cabbage upkari hot with chapatis, dal and rice.

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  1. Thierry says

    Thank you for this recipe. I do not know the recipe with cabbage, except with bacon and not healthy. Yours is perfect and delicious. I cook 1-2 times a week Indian dishes with your recipes and I am never disappointed, thank you again

  2. neha says

    i could not believe this recipe. I hate cabbage and i made only a little bit to see how it turns out. Of course! i loved it and my husband was disappointed that i only made a little bit as he wanted more…HaHa.
    thanks for posting

  3. says

    There has always been to cabbage than meets the eye and you just proved it, looks so delicious I could eat it straight out of my screen :)
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