Colored Cabbage Rice with Chickpeas

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

I am not really fond of cabbage. It makes it way into my kitchen once in a while in the form of a simple stir fry or in a fried rice or noodles ..

Not wanting to make a stir fry, I tried my hand at this simple cabbage rice along with chickpeas.
I was really bored of eating the same old food & I wanted to try something really really new. A dish that would make everyone take a second look at it & wonder what this really is . . .



I had some cooked chickpeas lying in the fridge, I teamed it with purple cabbage to create some new & fun.

You Will Need:
  • 1 cup rice - ( I used Basmati )
  • 1 cup cabbage - grated
  • 1 red onion - finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas (If available)
  • 4 green chillies - finely chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • 2 tsp oil
Method:
  • If using chickpeas, soak them in water overnight or atleast for 5 -6 hrs & pressure cook them using 1 1/2 cups of water with a pinch of salt. Drain excess water & set aside.
  • Pressure cook rice & set aside to cool completely.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, Allow mustard seeds to splutter.
  • Add green chillies & ginger & allow them to sizzle for about 15 seconds
  • Add chopped onions & saute until they turn pink. Add grated cabbage & add a few tbsps of water & close the lid. Let it cook on low flame fao about 10 minutes. keep saueting in between.
  • Once cabbage is fully cooked, add cooled rice & salt as per taste. ( Make sure the rice is cooled completely. Else, the dish will turn mushy. Leftovers will do wonders. )
  • Add lemon juice & Mix well & heat it up on a low flame for 5 minutes
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro
Serve HOT with Raita. Enjoi !!!

I honestly didn't expect much from this dish. Luckily, it turned out to be fairly good. I wouldn't call this a fancy dish, but its definitely worth a try.

This goes to Nags' Ravishing Rice :) initiated by Meeta

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