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February 22, 2018

Cabbage Gravy Recipe – Muttaikose Kurma Kuzhambu For Rice, Dosa

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Cabbage kuzhambu recipe

Cabbage gravy for rice ( Muttaikose Kuzhambu in Tamil) was new to me until I saw in Sashi’s recipes. I have heard about cabbage sambar and kurma from my friend Shalini. But this is Kongunadu style kurma kulambu recipe adding freshly ground masala. It came out very well and tasted good with rice, dosa and chapathi as well. As I am a big fan of cabbage kurma recipes, I loved it very much. But to my surprise, my husband Sendhil who hates cabbage loved this gravy very much with rice. So I have made this muttaikose kuzhambu thrice so far. He ate it every time without any complaints. 

To make this kuzhambu, I tweaked the original recipe slightly and reduced the spice level as per my family’s taste. After trying this, I got the courage to try cabbage kurma for chapathi learning from my friend Shalini. Soon I will try and post them in my space. 

Friends If you like to try varieties of cabbage recipes at home, do try this kuzhambu. You will love it for sure. Lets see how to make cabbage gravy for rice with step by step pictures.

Check out my Cabbage kootu recipe, Cabbage vada , white cabbage poriyal recipe purple cabbage poriyalpurple cabbage salad , Cabbage Sambar

Muttaikose kuzhambu

Cabbage Gravy Recipe / Muttaikose Kuzhambu Recipe

Cabbage Gravy Recipe / Muttaikose Kuzhambu Recipe

Cabbage Gravy Recipe / Muttaikose Kuzhambu Recipe for rice, dosa and chapathi

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup = 250 ml
  • Shredded cabbge - 1.5 cups
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Coriander leaves - To garnish
To Saute & Grind
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Big Onion - 1 no
  • Ripe Tomato - 2 no
  • Coriander Seeds / Dhania - 1 tsp
  • Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper corns - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli - 2 no
  • Garlic cloves - 3 no
  • Garam Masala Powder or curry masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
To Temper
  • Cooking Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Green Chili - 1 no
  • Curry Leaves - Few
  • Big Onion - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp


  1. Wash and chop cabbage into thin slices. Set aside.
  2. In a kadai, heat oil and saute all the ingredients given under “to saute & grind”. Grind to a smooth paste adding coconut.
  3. In the same kadai, heat oil. Splutter cumin seeds, curry leaves. Saute onion, cabbage pieces. Add salt, turmeric powder, ground masala. Mix well.
  4. Add 1 cup of water and boil for few minutes till gravy becomes thick and raw smell goes off.
  5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with plain rice, dosa & chapathi if you like.


  • Wash and chop cabbage into small thin slices.Wash and chop onion, tomato. Keep aside.
    cabbage gravy recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Saute all the ingredients one by one given under “To saute and grind”in medium flame without burning them. Grind to smooth paste adding required water.
    cabbage gravy recipe
  • Add 1 tbsp oil in the same kadai and splutter cumin seeds, curry leaves. Saute green chilli, onion pieces till transparent. Add cabbage and saute till it shrinks.
    cabbage gravy recipe
  • Add the ground masala, salt, turmeric powder and saute for few minutes. Add 1 cup of water. Cover and cook the cabbage in low flame. After cabbage is cooked well, check for consistency and add more water if needed.  Let the gravy boil for few more minutes till you get nice smell.
    cabbage gravy recipe
  • Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.Serve hot with rice. Add ghee if you like. This gravy looks slightly watery. So you have to serve the gravy along with cabbage for binding as shown in the last picture below. If you don't like to mix with plain rice, make it thick and serve as kootu for sambar rice or rasam rice.
  • To make it  as side dish for for roti, you can boil little more thick and serve it. Enjoy !
cabbage gravy recipe


  • I have reduced the amount of chillies and masala powder given in the original recipe. Please adjust it based on your liking.
  • You can also use leafy vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli instead of cabbage.
Try this yummy cabbage kuzhambu for a change and tell me how you liked it. I also make poondu kuzhambu & papad along with gravy.
cabbage kurma kuzhambu for rice

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Unknown said...

Turned out delicious.. wonderful recipe

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your feednack :)

Kalinka67 said...

Hallo from Italy! I tried this recipe yesterday and it turned out delicious! Thank you for sharing!

Chitra said...

Thanks for your feedback :)