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Green and Purple Cabbage Kootu | Gravy

This is a simple no onion no garlic, green and purple cabbage kootu prepared with fresh ground coconut, curry leaves and cilantro masala.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: rice accompaniment
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: Green and Purple Cabbage Kootu
Servings: 4
Author: Srividhya G


  • Chopped Green Cabbage - 1 cup
  • Chopped Purple Cabbage - 1 cup
  • Moong Dal - 3 tbsps
  • Salt - 2 tsps
  • Water - 2 cups

To Grind

  • Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Dried Red Chillies - 3
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Chopped Cilantro - 2 tbsps
  • Curry leaves - 1 strand
  • Rosted gram dal / Daliya / Pottu kadalai - 1 tsp See notes
  • Water - 3 to 4 tbsps

To Temper

  • Oil - 2 tsps
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal - 1 tsp
  • Channa Dal - 1 tsp
  • Hing - 1/4 tsp


Prep Work

  • Chop both the cabbages and cilantro.
  • Grate the coconut.
  • Pressure cook the chopped cabbage along with moong dal by adding 2 cups of water for up to 2 whistles. (See notes, if you are not using pressure cooker. I use my pressure cooker separator vessels and cook dal for sambar, veggie for kootu and rice at the same time)
  • Grind everything given under “to grind” by adding 3 to 4 tbsps of water and set aside.


  • Heat the kadai or add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal and hing.
  • As it starts to splutter, add the pressure cooked veggie and salt.
  • Mix them well and let it simmer for two minutes.
  • Now add the ground masala and mix well.
  • Check for salt and if required add more.
  • Bring it to boil and that’s it. Yummy kootu is ready.


Either one variety of cabbage can be used for this kootu.
Moong dal is optional. I have tried with and without moong dal. Also adjust the amount of moong dal as per your preference. For this measure, I would go unto 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup.
We grind roasted gram dal to provide thick consistency for the kootu. So if you want thin consistency, you skip and also add more water.
Adjust salt and red chillies according to your preference.
A small half inch piece of ginger can be added while grinding the masala.
If you are not using pressure cooker for boiling veggies,
Just pressure cook the moong dal and mash it well.
After tempering, add the chopped cabbages and salt. Spring some water and cover and cook till the cabbage becomes soft. After that add the mashed dal and masala and follow as mentioned above.