How long do you spend planning the menu each day? Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – do they dominate your thoughts throughout the day? Are you constantly thinking about how to use up the stuff lying in the fridge & how best to make use of them?
Please say yes to all the questions above & tell me that you too spend a lot of time thinking & planning the menu. It will rid me of the concern that I am overly obsessed with thinking about what to make for each meal. I sometimes think that I spend way more time making up my mind than actually cooking because once I have decided, its usually a breeze.
I might have exaggerated a bit there, its not the only thought going on but I do tend to be like that on some days. On one such day when I couldnt readily make anything ‘new’, I picked up the cabbage and made this simple stir fry which I have been making all the time, realising at the same time that I haven't blogged about it as well. You do tend to take such simple things for granted, dont you?
This is as simple as it can get and there is no exact science involved except that you have to get the quantity of salt right! This might be a good one to start with if you have never cooked a proper Bhaji before.
Cabbage Stir Fry Bhaji
2 cups shredded cabbage (coarsely chopped will do!)
1 Small Potato, cut into small cubes (optional)
1/2 cup Peas (optional)
2 Green Chillies, Chopped (adjust acc to taste)
1/2 tblsp Oil
4-6 Curry Leaves
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
a Pinch of Hing (Asafoetida)
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1-2 tblsp Grated coconut (Optional)
1 tblsp Chopped fresh Coriander
1/2 tsp Sugar (Optional)
Heat the oil in a pan, when hot add the mustard seeds.
As they begin to splutter add the curry leaves, Hing, chillies & Turmeric Powder.
Next add the potatoes & fry for a minute. Add the cabbage and sauté.
Cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the Peas, salt and grated coconut. Cook covered till the cabbage & potato are completely cooked.
Add the chopped coriander, mix well, cover & cook for just another minute before turning off the flame.
Serve hot with Chapati or as a side dish with rice.
My Notes: This is my favourite way of having cabbage, a vegetable that is hated sometimes because of the strong smell. But the combination with potatoes & peas works very well although you can make the same bhaji using only cabbage.
If you do have a problem with the smell, the fresh coriander added at the last minute will solve it for you, making it aromatic.