Saturday, January 18, 2014

Cabbage Rolls

This recipe is from my old collection but somehow I have never managed to try it out until now. As you all know, cabbage is a low calorie and high fibre vegetable. It is good to include this in your regular diet. Apart from salads or stir-fried, a variety of dishes can be prepared from this wonderful vegetable.

I was very excited to try out this recipe.
So I started my cooking in right earnest and once done, I was eager to taste it. Appearance wise they looked very tempting. I cut one roll into four pieces; gave one to my spouse and took one for myself. I took one bite – it was delicious but at the same time, I could feel the smoke coming out of my ears and noticed that my hubby was also going through the same predicament. We of-course realized that the two small green chilies were the culprit. They looked so harmless that I even added a dash of red chilly powder ! So take care while using the type and number of chilies.
I quickly got out the tomato ketchup bottle poured some over the pieces and we could manage to eat the rest of them with relish.

I can say for sure that these rolls, rock ! Try it out and see for yourself.


Cabbage leaves 6
Boiled Potato 1 large
Grated (fresh) carrot 1/2 cup
Boiled or frozen green Peas 1/2 cup
Onion 1 medium
Tomatoes 1 large
Green chilies 1-2
Garlic 3-4 cloves
Ginger About 1” piece
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder(optional) 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder 1 tsp
Salt As per taste
Oil For shallow frying
Coriander leaves (chopped) For garnishing


  1. Peel and dice the boiled potato. Chop onion, ginger, garlic, green chilies tomatoes and coriander and keep them aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions, ginger, garlic and green chilies and saute it till the onions are translucent.
  3. Add all the powders (turmeric, chilly and garam masala) and fry for a few minutes.
  4. Next add chopped tomatoes. When tomatoes turn soft, add green peas and grated carrot and boiled and diced potatoes. Mix well. Add salt and if required, add a little water. Stir well and allow it to simmer for a few minutes or until all the water has been absorbed and the curry is dry. Remove from flame.
  5. Lastly add chopped coriander leaves, mix well and keep it aside. The stuffing/filling is now ready.
  6. Next, blanch cabbage leaves in hot salted water for 2 – 3 minutes and remove and drain well.
  7. Now fill each blanched cabbage leaf with a little of the above prepared filling and roll it and keep aside.
  8. In this way prepare all the rolls.
  9. Now, heat a non-stick frying pan and add a few drops of oil. Place the prepared cabbage rolls in it and fry it lightly on one side and gently turn it and fry it on the other side too taking care that the mixture does not spill out. Do not brown the cabbages. The crispiness of the cabbage should be retained.
  10. Serve hot with tomato sauce.

Here, I forgot to include onion and garlic in the picture.
Cabbage leaves being blanched

Cabbage Rolls served with tomato sauce

Preparaion time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Makes : 6 rolls

  • This can be best served as a starter/ appetizer. Cut each roll into bite size pieces and serve it with tomato sauce or any chutney.
  • Before blanching the cabbage leaves, if necessary, you can cut off the hard part of the cabbage for easy rolling of the leaf. Do not discard it but the same can be utilized in a mixed vegetable curry.
  • Any stuffing/filling of  your choice also works out well.


  1. It has been a long time this recipe is in my to do list. Love the recipe because of the cabbage wrap and not fried one. Happy to follow u back.

  2. That's very innovative dish. …loved it :-)

  3. this is a very healthy appetizer.. wish to try some time

  4. the cabbage rolls look so tempting and inviting.

  5. These rolls look really interesting.. Worth a try...

  6. Yummy and healthy rolls,too gud...

  7. These sound good for party starters and also for snacking. Lovely post Shobha :)

  8. Very delicious and healthy snack, so tempting..

  9. Small green chilies can cause havoc! The rolls do look good. I think the other recipes I have seen are those that fry the roll, so this one is definitely healthier

  10. healthy rolls made using cabbage leaves. innovative too.Thanks for dropping by my space and am happy to visit yours too.

  11. Here they stuff it with pork filling n steam the rolls. Love your stuffing

  12. This looks really fantastic, healthy & delicious rolls. Following you :)