Our Favorite Indian Cabbage and Peas – Patta Gobhi Matar

Our Favorite Indian Cabbage and Peas – Patta Gobhi Matar

Today we will be detailing our favorite Indian Cabbage and Peas – Patta Gobhi Matar recipe. Essentially, this dish can be served as a side dish or a main course. For us, we generally plate small amounts of different Indian foods for one meal because they generally work well together. This time, however, we decided just to savor this wonderful Indian Recipe all by itself.

During our travels through India, we had learned a few cooking tips that have made our Indian Cooking even better than it was before the travel. A couple of tips we had learned was both the importance of using the right spices and also the timing of the spice addition. For instance, some recipes, like this one, call for adding half the spice during the initial cooking to flavor the oil and such and then adding the remaining spice at the end for that extra punch. Other tips we had learned was the importance of using the freshest herbs and spices as possible.

This recipe calls for fresh Methi Leaves. What is Methi you ask? Well, this herb is also known as Fenugreek. Not only does this fresh herb add to the flavor, but some also say there are some Fenugreek Benefits as well.

Benefits of Fenugreek

Through the years, we have hard about the fenugreek testosterone benefits. According to the Muscle and Performance Website “it boosts libido and raises testosterone levels. Another advantage is that fenugreek also increases insulin release, which can help increase muscle mass after weight training. ”

Just recently, we found a website called https://www.diabetes.co.uk/natural-therapies/fenugreek.html. This site claims that ” Fenugreek Seeds are high in soluble fibre, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. This suggests they may be effective in treating people with diabetes.”

Even Webmd has chimed in on the benefits of fenugreek. As per their website, they state that fenugreek is used for kidney ailments. They also say that people use this herb for hernia and even erectile dysfunction. Additionally, breastfeeding women are using it to promote milk flow. No matter the benefits, we are fans of how great this herb tastes in our Indian dishes

Methi for Cooking

Now Methi can be purchased in different ways for cooking. One way it can be purchased is as fenugreek seeds the other is in the form of fenugreek leaves. This recipe calls for the leaves, but we have been known to use the seeds from time to time.

Indian Cabbage and Peas – Patta Gobhi Matar Ingredients

  • Methi Leaves – Chopped to fill ½ Teaspoon (Dried can be used to replace Fresh)
  • Paprika – ½ Teaspoon
  • Turmeric – ½ Teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ Teaspoon
  • Garam Masala – ½ Teaspoon
  • Salt to Taste
  • Ground Pepper to Taste
  • Tomato – 1 Large – Chopped
  • Cabbage – 6 Cups Shredded
  • Peas – 1 ½ Cups Thawed
  • Sunflower Oil – 4 Teaspoons

Prepare Indian Cabbage and Peas – Patta Gobhi Matar

  1. Begin this recipe by shredding the cabbage until you have six cups worth and set aside.
  2. Next, chop the tomato. Also, set the tomato aside.
  3. Now, heat the four tablespoons of *sunflower oil on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, reduce heat to low.
  4. Add the half teaspoon of cumin seeds to the heated sunflower oil.
  5. In just under a minute, generally, the seeds will begin to change color.
  6. At this time, add the shredded cabbage and stir until coated with oil.
  7. Next, add the chopped tomato. Then, stir again.
  8. Once combined, add half the methi, the half teaspoons of paprika, turmeric, and the garam masala.
  9. Stir again
  10. Now add a small amount, no more than a pinch, of both salt and ground black pepper.
  11. Feel free to add more, after the dish has been cooked, if you prefer a more salty or peppery flavor.
  12. Cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  13. Add the one and a half cups of thawed peas. Stir to combine.
  14. Cook for about another five minutes.
  15. For us, the cabbage is completely cooked once it has wilted and begins to brown with a little crispiness to its texture.
  16. Serve hot as a main dish or even a side dish
  17. Enjoy!

Indian Cabbage and Peas; Patta Gobhi Matar

Happy Eatin’

*We use sunflower oil instead of olive oil in many of our Indian Recipes for one main reason. Since sunflower oil has a milder taste than olive oil, it does not interfere with the flavor of the spices. Consequently, the spices themselves have a bolder non-oil taste.

Try another of our Indian Recipes here: Baingan Bharta

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