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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the chilli, ginger, salt, turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, cayenne, and optional peas.
- Stir well and cook for a few more minutes to allow the spices to meld, and the peas (if using) to heat through.
- Serve hot with roti/chapatti. Wheat tortillas work brilliantly as an easy substitute for roti.
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- No animal products. Completely vegan.
- As far as I know, none of the ingredients are harmful to the environment.
- Very 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.
- Healthy. 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.
- Such a flavourful and satisfying dish.