Cabbage Potato and Green Peas Stir Fry Or Kobichi Bhaji as its called in Marathi is a simple dry curry/sabji from the Maharashtrian cuisine that can be served with hot Phulka/chapati. Its a non onion-garlic one involving stir-fry of the main ingredients i.e. cabbage, potato and green peas flavored with very few ingredients like curry leaves, coriander leaves, turmeric powder and green chillies (for spice). Ever since I was a kid, I have seen my mom and granny make this recipe and now its one of the favorite Indian side dishes in my home.
Ideally you could make this recipe with only cabbage but I like to add some potato and green peas too. They not only add volume but also flavor and color. But you can also make cabbage and potato or cabbage and peas. Cabbage barely takes any time to cook and if you have boiled potatoes on hand this dish can be made in no time making it perfect for those busy/lazy days. Include this recipe in your day to day menu and be rest assured to have a tasty and quick meal ready.
Now to the recipe…
1-2 tbsp oil
3-4 green chilies slit in half vertically (or to taste)
10 -12 curry leaves
1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (zeera)
pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/2 medium sized cabbage roughly chopped
1/2 cup of green peas fresh or frozen (am using frozen)
few coriander leaves finely chopped
Few coriander stems finely chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
1/2 tsp sugar (optional)
juice of half a lemon (or to taste)
In a vessel heat oil and once hot add the mustard seeds. Once they begin to splutter add the cumin seeds, asafoetida, green chillies and curry leaves. Give a quick stir and then add in the diced potatoes along with the finely chopped coriander stems (reserve the leaves for garnishing later). Mix well so that potatoes get coated with oil. Cover and cook for about 10 mins or until the potatoes are 3/4 cooked. Now add the salt, sugar and turmeric powder. Stir well.
Add the green peas followed by cabbage. Mix everything so that all is well Incorporated and cook until peas and cabbage are done. Then finally squeeze in lemon juice and coriander leaves. Adjust salt if required. Mix well.
- If using fresh peas, you can add those along with the potatoes for cooking as they may take longer to cook than frozen ones.
- I’ve used raw potatoes for this recipe but to speed up the cooking process you can use boiled potatoes too. Make sure they are not over boiled and crumbly. In this case the cooking time of potatoes will reduce.