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"Mane Adige" means "Home Food" in kannada and this blog is all about recipes that I cook. Most of the recipes I post here will be from "Mangalooru" and "Bengalooru " regions of Karnataka,India. Rest of them are the one's which I try out by improvising the recipes got from different sources.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cabbage-Hasi Menasinakai Palya / Cabbage-Green Chili Sabzi

Some time in July 2006 -Salisbury, NC

My mom and I were voice chatting on gtalk.... Mom asks, "So, what plans for Gowri-Ganpati hubba(Ganesh Chaturti)?"

I say, "I don't know ma.... Maybe a potluck with friends, that's all. Nothing planned as yet."

"C'mon Ramya....It's your first festival after wedding! You should at least go to the temple that day"

"But ma.... there is no temple close by and I don't even have an aarti thaali to have the puja at home."

Mom's unhappy, but doesn't say anything much.... The discussion stops there without any conclusion.

After a couple of days, I get a call from one of my cousins in Atlanta, inviting us over to their place for the festival!!!!!!!! I presume, my mom told her mom about the "hubba discussion", and that's how she got to know about it... Anyway, I accepted the invite, and I am glad I did!!!! It was one of the nicest of all the festivals I've had, here in the US.

The beautiful Ganpati idol made of clay, the tray full of flowers, the "chakli and Karigadubu" for Neivedyam, the festive meal....... Everything was so much like how it was back home in India!! It was amazing how well she had planned for the puja.I hope to be able to do that too, someday :) Thanx Arathi, for the memorable first-year Gowri-Ganpati hubba!!!

Anyway...I am telling you all this because, the recipe I have for you today, is the one that she had made for us back then! Cabbage, to me, was an ugly looking, "always-chopped-into-big-pieces", not so yummy kinda veggie....But only until I had THIS version of cabbage sabzi!! Both Naveen and I loved it instantly. This is the only kind of palya I make with cabbage, nowadays. Thanx again, Arathi!! :) Here's the recipe... Enjoy!!


3 cups Cabbage, chopped finely

1-1.5 tbsp Grated coconut, fresh/frozen

1 tsp Jeera seeds

2-3 Green chilies, low to medium spiced

3-4 strands Cilantro

1 tsp Oil/Ghee

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds

3-4 Curry leaves

A Generous pinch of Hing

1 tsp Lemon juice

A pinch of turmeric

Salt as per taste


  1. Pulse coconut, green chilies, cilantro, jeera and hing a couple of times OR until all ingredients blend well; DO NOT add water while blending.
  2. Heat oil in pan; Temper with mustard seeds, curry leaves and turmeric;
  3. Add the masala mix and saute for a minute or until the raw smell disappears; Make sure to saute regularly.
  4. Add the chopped cabbage and mix well; Cook covered until done; Note:Do not add too much water while cooking cabbage... They give out water as they cook!
  5. Add salt and mix well; Remove from stove and add lemon juice; Serve hot with rice or rotis.

Prep Time: About 20-25 mins;

Serves: About 2-3 people;


amna said...

thats a lot like the keralan thoran but the hing and lime are not added to them :)

SMN said...

hey Ramya palys looks yum never tried this way i usually do stir fried palya wth this veggie becoz of it smell :)

Medhaa said...

Hi, I love this sabzi but make it without the turmeric. I love your collection of Bangalore Dishes, Being from bangalore we now miss all that. I will be coming back to try many things.:)

Seema said...

Thats one yummy side dish Ramya! I make same minus lemon juice & Haldi.

Sangeeth said...

liked the subzi...btw nice to know that u r from chicago too....

delhibelle said...

I share your sentiments on cabbage and I think this recipe could convert me too. However, I think I will up the chillies a bit!
Thanks for saring a lovely recipe.

Cham said...

Like Nag and Seema mentioned, i don't add hing and lem juice. But very tasty one Ramya!

Anonymous said...

sounds delicious Ramya! i ahve a big cabbage at home - will try it this weekend - i am so bored of the basic cabbage ogranne palya... this sounds interesting...

Richa said...

wow! Ramya! it isn't often that cabbage makes me drool ;) this one is a must try!

Vani said...

This is exactly how my mom makes cabbage palya as well as green beans palya. Perfect accompaniment for thili saaru-anna!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Ramya palya very nice. I used same method except lemon juice and jeera

Ramya Kiran said...

wow cool story..wil try ur paly for the weekend ramya..

Pragyan said...

I used to love this during my hostel days - initially did not like it, but slowly developed the taste for it..thanks for the recipe, I have been looking for it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ramya,
Having spent my 25yrs in karnataka, i love everything abt it and the food esp. but now i have settled back to kerala and i was in a searching spree for kannada foods and now my search seems to be over.
hope to try out some special recipes i like, for sure.
A very good blog. Thanks for sharing!!

Kumudha said...

Cabbage palya looks so tasty. The picture looks beautiful!

Sia said...

long time no see... hwz u girl?

Latha said...

Hi Ramya, tried this palya over the weekend - it was delicious - the ginger added a unique taste. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

Unknown said...

Different cabbage recipe..Ought to try this..

Unknown said...

Different cabbage recipe..Ought to try this..

Kannada Cuisine said...

Hi Ramya! This is my first visit to your blog! Love it...Cabbage palys happens to be one of my favorites after all...But have not made it in a while. Guess its time to make it!

Anonymous said...

This one is surely a hit. Thank you! I haven't found anyone who didn't like it.

alka said...

AWESOME palya..tried it out last night and was a huge hit at home. Do keep them yumm dishes coming!

Suma Nagaraj said...

Indeed the procedure is slightly
different from the one I have learnt from my Mom. Tastes better.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Great recipe - thank you! Turned out perfectly :)