I had once gone to Alibaug, which is near Mumbai. Alibaug is a coastal town in Raigad District of Maharastra and It is famous for its beaches. One can enjoy the local Maharashtrian delicacies while staying there. We also enjoy the various local dishes such as thalipeeth, bharleli vangi, kandi bhaji, kanda pohe, pithla bhakar, kobi chana chi bhaji (cabbage and chana dal subji).
On our way back from Alibaug the cottage cook had packed us this Maharashtrian style, simple but full of flavors, cabbage chana dal subji for our lunch along with phulka roti, rice and dal. We had stopped on our way to a small temple and we had our food sitting under the shade of a tree there. We had visited this place with our dear friends Shanthi and Koushik Krishnan and their sweet little daughter Kavya. We had a very lovely time spent together.
Since then, I have felt in love with this simple dish. I prepare it a lot of times at my home.
This time I thought of sharing with you all.
The chana dal adds crunchiness and nutty taste to the bland taste of cabbage. It is also a good source of protein and goes well with a green vegetable.
You can cook this dish in different ways. Some people boil the chana dal separately and then add it to the cabbage while cooking. For a quicker recipe, many people pressure cook the dal and then use it with the cabbage.
I like the method shown below. It takes a little more time but the taste of chana dal is blended well with the cabbage.
You can also use fresh or desiccated coconut while making the dish.
Enjoy this Maharashtrian style dish with plain roti, puri or plain rice and curd.
Cabbage Chana Dal Subji
- 500 g cabbage chopped lenghtwise
- 0.5 cup chana dal soaked for 30 minutes in warm water
- 2 green chilies
- 10 curry leaves
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/4 tsp asafoetida
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- 1 tbsp coriander chopped
- 4 tbsp oil
- water as required to cook dal
- salt as per taste
- Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves,green chilies, asafoetida, turmeric powder.
- Add the soaked chana dal and water. Cover and cook it till chana dal are soft but not mushy.
- Add the chopped cabbage, salt and red chili powder.
- Mix well. Cover and cook till cabbage is cooked.
- Add the chopped coriander.
- Mix well and saute for a minute. The cabbage chana dal subji is done.
- Garnish it with chopped coriander and serve . It goes well with roti, plain rice or parathas
15 thoughts on “Cabbage Chana Dal Subji”
Liked the combination of chana dal with cabbage.
I like the preparation “Chana Daal & Cabbage” Maharashtra Style” and give a surprise to a Marathi family I invited for Thurs Day Dinner.
Thank you so much.
No onions ??
This recipe is no onion, no garlic recipe.
Most of my childhood memory includes getting yelled at by my mother, punampaul.com and eat your veggies; but I used to pay no heed to it. However as time passes, most of us come around to eating vegetables as we are aware of the countless benefits they have for our health.
Cabbage is especially one of the world’s most nutrient dense vegetables readily available for us to enjoy, rich in essential vitamins such as C, B6, K, saturated fat, thiammin, calcium, iron, magnesium phosphorus and a good source of dietary fibers.
But I never liked any cabbage recipe other than in noodles.
This cabbage recipe when I tried at home was not really appreciated by my family but it was really yummy too. Thanks for sharing this delicious preparation. Keep posting wonderful recipes like this.
Thank you so much for your appreciation and motivation. I like to innovate dishes with different ingredients. Do keep on visiting my different recipes. Happy cooking!!
Thank you so much for the recipe!
Tried it today and it came our really well.
There’s not a lot of cabbage sabzi recipes that are good so I’m glad I found your recipe.
Love the Channa combination
Edit – Full stars!
Thank you so much for trying out the recipe. I am glad that you liked the recipe. Happy cooking!!
I had been searching for this recipe after I tasted it at my husband’s friend’s house. The Marathi maid who cooked for him knew neither English nor Hindi so I couldn’t get it from her. Was glad I came across your recipe and the results were as authentic & tasty. Thanks for sharing
Thank you so much for your appreciation. Happy cooking!!
I have tried the recepie and it’s really fantastic in taste and look. Channa combination added the different taste to cabbage. Thankyou for sharing such an excellent recepie.
Thank you so much Sushma. I am glad you loved the recipe. Do check my other recipes!!
In the notes, you hvewntioned coconut. But there is no use of it in the recipe. Nor its listed in the ingredients. Why?why?why?