June 3, 2013

Patta Gobi - A Warm Salad!

This dish was probably my dad's all-time favorite "diet food" ... !!! Whenever he felt like he need to lose some weight he would swap his dinner with this preparation of green cabbage (Patta Gobi) and a cup (or two) of brothy soup. The crunch of the cauliflower, despite being warmed up in a pan, along with all the fiber makes for a very satisfying warm salad or side dish. 

Wilted Cabbage Salad
Prep Time: 10 min

Ingredients (Serves 4):
  1. 1 head of Cabbage, julienned
  2. 1 Medium red Onion, julienned (optional)
  3. 2-3 tsp Mustard Seeds (or any other whole spice you like)
  4. 1/4 tsp Turmeric (optional)
  5. Salt and Pepper, to taste.
Remove outer leaves, wash the head of cabbage and julienne using a knife or a mandolin slicer. The slicer makes for more uniform and finer cuts but I'm usually too lazy to get the slicer out and just use a knife instead. Line a deep pot with water. On medium-high, bring the water to boil and add mustard seeds and turmeric. Saute seeds for a couple of minutes until fragrant. Then add onion and saute until translucent. Add salt, toss well and then add cabbage, toss well. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover for 2-4 minutes to allow to wilt. Uncover, toss well, and serve warm with freshly cracked black pepper. Enjoy!! 

My Assessment: I hadn't eaten this dish in years and when I tried it again last night it reminded me of winter evenings at home in New Delhi, with mom and dad, eating a big bowl of Patta Gobi :) 

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving): Calories 30 (Fat Calories 1)
Total Fat 0.1 g; Carbohydrates 6.7 g; Fiber 2.4 g; Sugars 3.4 g; Protein 1.2 g

1 comment:

  1. This looks simple, satisfying, and delicious. It's going on my to-try list!