Well, this is a very simple traditional Gujarati dish and works best as a salad with your thali or meal. Cabbage Sambharo Recipe is super quick and easy to prepare in no time. It is basically a hot and spicy stir-fried warm cabbage salad with a hint of sweet and sour. Thinly sliced Cabbage are stir fried in oil, mustard seeds and green chilies with a little zing of lime/lemon juice. This perfect crunchy Cabbage Sambharo has a very delightful light flavour.
As with most Gujarati recipes, this also has a little sugar to add sweetness. You can skip it if you don’t like it. This Cabbage Sambharo Recipe is a no garlic no onion recipe.
This typical dish is found in many Gujarati thalis…….try this the next time for a healthy alternative to the cold green salads. Cabbage….Yes, not everyone likes it…!! But this preparation is sweet, sour, spicy, crunchy.. You are definitely going adore it. I can eat this as it is, but I heard this goes to next level when had with fafdas.
Today’s recipe has just two main ingredients cabbage and a little carrot.There are many variations to this Cabbage Sambharo Recipe. Some like to add papaya or capsicum or raw mangoes instead of lemon/lime juice which is perfectly fine. I just didn’t have these on hand! You can also add curry leaves to bring out a delightful aroma and turmeric to add a colour to the salad. The key to make Cabbage Sambharo Recipe perfect is that cabbage should remain crunchy, you shouldn’t overcook it.
Make this as a part of the Gujarati meal or serve it with papdi, gathia and jalebi as a Sunday breakfast or brunch.
Off to the recipe!!
Step-by-Step process to make Cabbage Sambharo Recipe:
- Wash cabbage under running water and peel off its outer layer.
- Shred cabbage, or cut into thin strips not too thin or not too thick.
- Peel the carrot and grate to thick strips or cut into into thin sticks about 1 inch long.
- Slit the green chillies lengthwise with one end intact. Finely chop some coriander and set aside.
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds.
- When the mustard seeds splutter, add green chillies and fry for few seconds.
- Now add shred cabbage, grated carrot and required salt.
- If you want to include sugar, add now.
- Stir well and sauté for about 3 to 4 minutes over low heat.
- The key point here is to keep the cabbage crunchy.
- Turn off the heat and squeeze in some lime juice according to your taste. These few drops of lemon juice at the end give an extra zing to the dish.
- Garnish with coriander and serve warm.
- You can serve with papdi, gathiya, roti, Rotla, Bhakri or just enjoy it like a salad.
- 1 Tablespoon Oil
- 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
- 4-5 green Chilies slit lengthwise
- 4 cups Cabbage finely shredded
- 1 medium size Carrot grated
- Salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Generous amount of finely chopped coriander
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Add mustard seeds once the oil is hot enough.
- When they splutter, add green chillies and fry for few seconds and the add cabbage, carrot and required salt. If you want to include sugar, add now.
- Sir well and sauté for about 3 to 4 minutes over low heat. The key point here is to keep the cabbage crunchy.
- Turn off the heat and squeeze in some lime juice according to your taste.
- Garnish with coriander and serve with papdi, gathiya, roti, Rotla, Bhakri or just enjoy it like a salad.
2. Do not overcook this, If it cooks even a little bit more, the cabbage will leave the moisture and will turn soggy/soft. We want the crunchiness from it.
3. You can add a pinch of turmeric if you like.
Do check out other recipes:
This recipe was a part of the Gujarati Summer Thali. Many more to come!!…STAY TUNED!!
- Aamras or Mango Pulp
- Be Padi Rotli or Double layered roti
- Katta Dokhla or White dhokla
- Green Chutney or Coriander mint chutney
- Fajeto or Mango kadhi
- Mango Pickle
- Bhaat or Plain Rice
- Chutti Mug ni dal or Dry Moong dal
- Karela batata nu shaak or Bitter Gourd Potato Curry
- Bhindi Sambhariya or Gujarati style stuffed Okra
- Chaas or Spiced Buttermilk
Happy Cooking 🙂