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cabbage rice

indian style fried rice made with cabbage, onions, tomatoes and spices.

5 from 3 votes
total time:
60minutes

cabbage rice recipe with step by step photos – mildly spiced and delicious indian style cabbage fried rice.

cabbage rice, cabbage fried rice

fried rice or for that matter veg pulao are a nice lunch option most of the times in our busy lives. in fact if you have some leftover rice, you can easily create your signature recipe of a fried rice. usually when i cook fried rice, i cook the rice first, cool the rice grains and add to the fried veggies.

this cabbage fried rice recipe has indian spices used in it and the taste is different from the usual chinese veg fried rice. though using the same method, you can make a chinese fried rice too. just skip the indian spices and add soy sauce or tomato ketchup or schezwan sauce.

this cabbage rice recipe is not spicy and the sweetness of the cabbage compliments the aroma of the spices as well the basmati rice. as a variation, you can add veggies like carrot, green peas or potatoes. this will make the cabbage rice more healthy and flavorful. add these veggies when you add the cabbage.

serve this indian spiced cabbage rice plain or with a simple dal or raita.

if you are looking for more fried rice varieties then do check:

cabbage rice

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time:40 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:1 hr
indian style fried rice made with cabbage, onions, tomatoes and spices.
cabbage rice
Course:main course
Cuisine:indian
Servings:3 -4

INGREDIENTS FOR cabbage rice

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for cooking rice

  • 200 grams basmati rice or 1 cup heaped basmati rice - rinsed and soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 1.5 cups water for pressure cooking rice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt as required

other ingredients for cabbage rice

  • 2 to 2.5 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamoms (hari elaichi or choti elaichi)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 medium onion chopped or 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium tomato chopped or 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes
  • ½ inch ginger + 4 medium garlic + 1 or 2 green chilies - crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • 250 grams cabbage or 3 cups of shredded cabbage or half of a medium cabbage - shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • salt as required
  • some chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves for garnishing

HOW TO MAKE cabbage rice

cooking rice

  • pick and rinse 1 cup (200 grams) basmati rice in running water till the water runs clear of starch. soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes. later drain the rice and keep aside.
  • add the rice in a pressure cooker. also add 1.5 cups water and 1/4 tsp salt.
  • pressure cook the rice for 2 to 3 whistles or for 9 to 10 minutes on a medium flame. 
  • when the pressure comes down on its own, open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. keep aside and let the rice become warm or cool down at room temperature.

preparation for cabbage rice

  • when the rice is cooking, shred or grate 250 grams cabbage. you can also chop the cabbage. 250 grams cabbage gives about 3 cups of shredded cabbage. keep aside. 
  • also crush 1/2 inch ginger + 4 medium garlic + 1 or 2 green chilies, in a mortar-pestle. chop one medium onion as well as one medium tomato. keep aside.
  • before shredding the cabbage, peel and remove the top skin from the cabbage. rinse and then halve or quarter the cabbage and blanch in hot water for about 5 minutes.

making cabbage rice

  • heat 2 to 2.5 tbsp oil in a frying pan or wok. on a low to medium flame, add the whole spices - 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 2 cloves and 1 small to medium tej patta. saute the spices till they splutter and become fragrant.
  • then add 1/3 cup chopped onions.
  • on a medium flame, stir and saute the onions till translucent.
  • next add crushed 1/2 inch ginger + 4 medium garlic + 1 or 2 green chilies. you can crush in a mortar-pestle.
  • saute till the raw aroma of ginger and garlic goes away.
  • next add 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes. stir well.
  • then add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp garam masala powder and 1/2 tsp coriander powder.
  • on a medium flame, stir and saute the whole masala till the tomatoes soften and become pulpy. you should also see oil releasing from the sides.
  • now add the shredded cabbage. at this step, if you want then you can also add grated carrot, green peas and chopped potato cubes.
  • mix the cabbage very well with the rest of the masala.
  • season with salt as per taste.
  • stir fry the cabbage on a medium flame and cook them till they turn translucent.
  • then add the cooked rice.
  • gently mix the rice with the cabbage mixture. you can also add the rice in parts and mix.
  • saute the cabbage fried rice for 2 to 3 minutes more after mixing.
  • garnish cabbage rice with coriander leaves or mint leaves.
  • serve cabbage rice hot with a simple dal or raita or you can also have it plain.
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preparation to make cabbage rice

1. pick and rinse 1 cup (200 grams) basmati rice in running water till the water runs clear of starch. soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes. later drain the rice and keep aside.

rice for cabbage fried rice recipe

2. add the rice in a pressure cooker. also add 1.5 cups water and ¼ tsp salt.

rice for cabbage fried rice recipe

3. pressure cook the rice for 2 to 3 whistles or for 9 to 10 minutes on a medium flame.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

4. when the pressure comes down on its own, open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. keep aside and let the rice become warm or cool down at room temperature.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

5. when the rice is cooking, shred or grate 250 grams cabbage. you can also chop the cabbage. 250 grams cabbage gives about 3 cups of shredded cabbage. keep aside. also crush ½ inch ginger + 4 medium garlic + 1 or 2 green chilies, in a mortar-pestle. chop one medium onion as well as one medium tomato. keep aside.

tip – before shredding the cabbage, peel and remove the top skin from the cabbage. rinse and then halve or quarter the cabbage and blanch in hot water for about 5 minutes.

cabbage for cabbage fried rice recipe

making cabbage fried rice

6. heat 2 to 2.5 tbsp oil in a frying pan or wok. on a low to medium flame, add the whole spices – 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 2 cloves and 1 small to medium tej patta. saute the spices till they splutter and become fragrant.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

7. then add ⅓ cup chopped onions.

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8. on a medium flame, stir and saute the onions till translucent.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

9. next add crushed ½ inch ginger + 4 medium garlic + 1 or 2 green chilies. you can crush in a mortar-pestle.

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10. saute till the raw aroma of ginger and garlic goes away.

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11. next add ⅓  cup chopped tomatoes.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

12. stir well.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

13. then add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ tsp red chili powder, ¼ tsp garam masala powder and ½ tsp coriander powder.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

14. on a medium flame, stir and saute the whole masala till the tomatoes soften and become pulpy. you should also see oil releasing from the sides.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

15. now add the shredded cabbage. at this step, if you want then you can also add grated carrot, green peas and chopped potato cubes.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

16. mix the cabbage very well with the rest of the masala.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

17. season with salt as per taste.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

18. stir fry the cabbage on a medium flame and cook them till they turn translucent.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

19. then add the cooked rice.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

20. gently mix the rice with the cabbage mixture. you can also add the rice in parts and mix.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

21. saute the rice for 2 to 3 minutes more after mixing with frequent yet gentle stirring.

making cabbage fried rice recipe

22. garnish the cabbage rice with coriander leaves or mint leaves and then serve cabbage rice hot.

cabbage fried rice


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17 comments/reviews

  1. I love ur recipes and this cabbage rice tastes very great and now onwards cabbage is one of my favorite veggies thank u

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