Vegetarian Concoctions

July 26, 2007

Red Cabbage Morkootu

Filed under: Curd/Yogurt, Kootu, Red cabbage, Salads and Raita, South Indian, Tamilnadu — Hema @ 11:41 am

I am not an adventurous shopper when it comes to vegetables. My grocery list never features vegetables that I have not tasted. Bad! you may say for a food blogger…and I agree. I had not tried a new vegetable for almost 2 years after coming to the US and my husband on the other hand had stories to tell me on his cooking adventures as a bachelor. Anyone who knows him would have definitely heard this story least a few times.

During his first few weeks in the US, hubby spots Brussels sprouts in the grocrey store and they look like miniature cabbages. He buys a few, gets them home, steams them, adds salt and pepper and tastes. They are good! He loves them. So, now on he decides they will be a regular in his grocery list. Now, the story gets exciting. The next visit to the store, he spots Habanero peppers. Ah! cute little bell peppers, he thinks, ‘will be great for sambhar’. He buys about 30 and heads home to concoct the sambhar he will remember for a lifetime! And the fact that surprised me most was that he made it a point to finish all that sambhar in the next 4-5 days. I have to mention this here….he makes the best sambhar and he was my sambhar guru after we got married. But this definitely does not justify his courageous act.

I guess I just play it safe when it comes to food:) Anyway, I had been eyeing the red cabbage for a while and never actually bought them. Reason – hubby tried them once and said they tasted bitter to him. From a few shows on food network and a few recipies blogged by friends here I gathered enough courage to get a veggie-never-tried-before. What’s the big deal, you may think, but you see…I hate wasting or thowing away food in any form. So, I like to make sure we consume what we buy. This is what I ended up making with it two times within a week. It just tasted so good!


Red cabbage – 1/2

Curd – 2 cups

Turmeric – a pinch

Salt to taste

For Grinding:

Black pepper – 1/2 tsp

Dry red chilli – 1

Green chillies – 2

Jeera / cumin – 1 tsp

Coconut (shredded) – 2 tbsp

Curry leaves – 6-7

Tur dal soaked for 1/2 hr (optional) – 1 tsp

For garnishing:

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Tur dal – 1 tsp

Hing – a pinch

Curry leaves – a few

Oil – 2 tsp

Shread the cabbage and boil it with salt, in enough water to cover it. Grind the ‘for grinding’ ingredients above with minimum water. Once the cabbage is cooked, add the ground paste. Cook for a few minutes and reduce the heat. Beat the curds with the turmeric and add it to the pot. Let this heat through, but do not let it boil. Garnish.
Mor kootu is almost like avial. It goes very well with kalanda sadam (mixed rice like pulihorai, mint rice, coconut rice, lemon rice etc)



  1. I have never tried using red cabbage before. This is a good recipe. Nice pic!

    Comment by TBC — July 26, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

  2. It must be tasting nice, becoz I have tasted avial and I liked it.
    The picture is taking too long to open Hema . Can’t see the dish . will come back again πŸ™‚

    Comment by archana — July 26, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

  3. I could see it. Nice picture. Lovely red colour. Nice recipe πŸ™‚

    Comment by archana — July 26, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

  4. wow! looks yummy. I like red cabbage, last time I cooked I made Gujarati-style sambharo, it is on my blog if you are interested.

    Comment by saju — July 26, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

  5. Man ate the Habanero sambar in 3-4 days!!!! Did you check his stomach for Ulcers?:D
    WHOA!! I bought 3 once for Chitranna.Although tasted great if you add half of a chilly,my fingers starts burning and never used those again!
    Kootu looks great.I buy Purple cabbage sometimes,makes colorful dish!:)

    Comment by Asha — July 26, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

  6. @TBC
    Try it. You will definitely like it.

    Glad you could see the pic. Thanks!

    Guju-style sambharo? Am heading over to your blog right after this.

    yes, he has had ulcers ever since! I feel he should have been listed in the guinness books or something for what he did! Thanks!

    Comment by Hema — July 26, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

  7. Good recipe! i myself am like you…but I have slowly started trying out different veggies now.:)

    Comment by Tee — July 26, 2007 @ 3:57 pm

  8. habanero sambar? he deserves an award for finishing that.

    Comment by bee — July 26, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

  9. Hi, found you on food desam..looks yum…i have tried red cabbage only raw so far in salads!..should try this one! loved your blog

    Comment by Poonam — July 26, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

  10. That looks delicious! I have some red cabbage in the fridge and I’ll be making this.

    Comment by Nupur — July 26, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

  11. wow
    that smt i need to try
    luv the blend and color πŸ™‚

    Comment by anusharaji — July 26, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

  12. that sounds delicious. I make chana dal koothu with cabbage. but did not use this cabbage.

    Comment by sharmi — July 26, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

  13. LOL on the story! He surely needs a pat on his back for that one! πŸ˜€

    The cabbage curry loooks good…. !

    Comment by Coffee — July 26, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

  14. Hema while microwave cooking potatoes don’t put the potatoes inside the water. Place the potatoes separately in a plate and place the water bowl separate πŸ™‚

    Comment by archana — July 26, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

  15. Lol @ that story!! I like purple cabbage too, a colourful change i say!

    Comment by Jyothsna — July 26, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

  16. Hi Hema,
    In my house we prepare this morkoottu with white cabbage. I will try next time with red cabbage. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Menu Today — July 30, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

  17. Looks like Chicken butter masala.. with LOTS of chicken pieces! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    Comment by saapatu raman — August 1, 2007 @ 2:22 am

  18. Looks amazing. Never tried red cabbage. I will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Jyothi — August 4, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

  19. Hi Hema,I just checked my old e mail girl,sorry I didn’t check earlier!Have a great time in Ash…We go there often but don’t know anything much about outside Ash…!There are lot of things to do in that town itself,so I am sure you will enjoy it.Hugs to you!Have fun,you deserve it!:)

    Comment by Asha — August 7, 2007 @ 7:38 am

  20. Red cabbage is very new to me…I make it with beetroot…looks almost similar..Will try soon as i love anything with yogurt..Visiting here after a log have lotz of new recipes to catch up..

    Comment by maheswari — August 16, 2007 @ 2:10 am

  21. Yesterday I made red cabbage adai. Did not take snaps as I was very tired. Some more batter is in the fridge. I’ll make the adai and take pictures and post.
    Yes hema you can call me mami or latha or whatever pleases you. I accept people as they are.I am just enjoying blogging and getting to know so many virtually (pun intended)
    bye for now.

    Comment by lathanarasimhan — August 16, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

  22. Very cool looking, almost reminds me of Thai Red Curry!


    Comment by Kanchana — August 23, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

  23. Hi Hema..

    Hema this is first time in ur blog very nice blog.. i liked ur red cabage dish..


    Comment by sushma — August 27, 2007 @ 11:25 am

  24. habanero peppers sambar???? oh my… and he managed to finish it in 4-5 days??? i bow my head πŸ˜€

    Comment by sia — August 30, 2007 @ 9:27 am

  25. Hi there you have a great blog,lovely recipes. Feel free to visit my blog too πŸ™‚ Click Here For Food Recipes

    Comment by jeena — September 15, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

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  27. Hi Hema,

    Thanks for this creative recipe to use the Purple Cabbage. I tried your recipe and my husband just loved it!!

    Your other recipes on this blog are also very innovative and wonderful.

    Comment by Harini — April 21, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

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