Monday, 12 January 2009

cabbage and pea curry

When I visit my parents I tend to get loaded up with fresh vegies from out in the Swan Valley, crisp gai-lan and bok-choi and so on. Last week my vegie loot included half a cabbage, and as the week progressed I was unsure what to do with it. For some time I'd been considering trying a kedgeree, sort of like a pilaf only not really, but I thought it sounded a bit plain so cooked up a cabbage curry to go with it.

I'm not totally happy with the kedgeree, so no recipe, but I'm very happy with the cabbage curry. It was very easy and quite quick, and added a great extra flavour to the kedgeree.

red lentil kedgeree and a cabbage curry

cabbage and pea curry

one quarter of a cabbage
one cup of peas
one red chilli
one half teaspoon of tumeric powder
one half teaspoon mustard seeds
one quarter teaspoon ground cumin
one half teaspoon dried chilli flakes
one quarter teaspoon ground coriander
shake of ground black pepper

Shred the cabbage. Fry in wok in a little peanut oil until for a few minutes, until it starts to colour and soften. Add sliced chilli, and tumeric, cumin, chilli flakes, coriander and pepper. Toss through, pour in a tiny amount of water (one or two tablespoons), and put lid on wok.

The water allows the cabbage to steam in the spices. After a few minutes, check the cabbage, and toss if necessary. Continue until cabbage is almost cooked through. Add peas and mustard seeds, and a dash of extra water if necessary. Leave to fry another minute or two, until peas are heated through and there is no liquid left in the wok.

This combination of spices is a little bit spicy, particularly as there is nothing to really temper it.


ŀĀŘ¡ŝ∫Á said...

mm that seems very tasty!

Kris said...

That looks so delicious, light but satisfying.

a vegan about town said...

Spicy, which makes it extra tasty! :o)

Kris, it was quite light (the kedgeree, however, was unfortunately heavy) so it made a good summer evening meal.

Theresa said...

Yum, I love cabbage!

Angie said...

Looks lovely. :)

By the way, I was wondering if you were interested in catching up at a Perth Bloggers Meet? I've organised a Food Bloggers Meet earlier this year, before I knew about your blog. There is a Bloggers Meet coming up this month and I was wondering whether you'd be interested in joining us... or in the near future if you aren't available.

a vegan about town said...

Hi Theresa: do you have some good ways to prepare cabbage? I am not a huge cabbage fan, I must confess.

Angie, I would love to come to a food bloggers meet! It does depend on when you're going, though! Let me know, you can email me on yiduiqie at gmail. :o)