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Baghdadi Cabbage Bhaji

October 13, 2022
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Sometimes a bhaji is a kind of fritter like the Indian pakora, but it can also be a dry vegetable curry. All kinds of vegetables can be made into bhajis, especially cauliflower, okra, green beans, eggplant, or spinach. This bhaji, from the Baghdadi community of Bombay (present-day Mumbai), is simply made with cabbage, but some cooks like to add potatoes or peas. It is usually served with rice and dhal (curried lentils) on the side.

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  • 3tbsp peanut oil or coconut oil
  • ½tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 or 4green chili peppers, to taste, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 or 4garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 5 or 6curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 cabbage (about 1 1/2 lbs.), shredded
  • ¾cup canned plum tomatoes, chopped
  • Salt
  • 2 or 3tbsp cilantro, finely chopped, to garnish
Yield: Serves 4


  • Step 1

    Heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. Cook over a moderate heat until they start to pop. Add the garlic and chili peppers and cook for 1 minute. Add the turmeric and curry leaves. Stir in the cabbage, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 5 to 7 minutes or until the cabbage is tender and the sauce is reduced. Season with salt and serve hot, garnished with cilantro.