Potato and cabbage shaak

This simple Gujarati dish is deliciously spiced and extremely satisfying. The spices and cabbage give a rich flavour and creaminess to the potatoes. It’s substantial enough to be a meal in itself, or it can be served along side other vegetable dishes and curries, like these dal and chickpea recipes.

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Potato and cabbage shaak

Recipe from Indira Patel
Convenience: 30 mins to make ~ easy to scale up
Serves: about 4


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 large potatoes, chopped into 1-2 cm cubes
  • 150 g (1 cup) frozen peas (optional)
  • 2 fresh chillies, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, and fenugreek seeds. Allow the seeds to pop and sizzle for a few seconds.
  2. Add the potatoes, stir, and allow them to cook for about 5 minutes with the lid on.  Stir occasionally to ensure they don’t stick to the pan.
  3. Add the cabbage and cook with the lid on for another 10 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked through and the cabbage has melted down.
  4. Add the chilli, ginger, salt, turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, cayenne, and optional peas.
  5. Stir well and cook for a few more minutes to allow the spices to meld, and the peas (if using) to heat through.
  6. Serve hot with roti/chapatti. Wheat tortillas work brilliantly as an easy substitute for roti.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products. Completely vegan.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32As far as I know, none of the ingredients are harmful to the environment.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Very cheap! Potatoes and cabbage are some of the least expensive foods. It can be a bit pricey to stock up on spices for the first time, but if you can buy in bulk, they’ll last for a long time and end up being very inexpensive per dish.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Healthy. Potatoes are actually quite nutritious, and cabbage contains plenty of fibre and vitamins. Cabbage also contains glucosinolates, which may play a role in regulating inflammation and protecting against cancer.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Such a flavourful and satisfying dish.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5

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