Sides/ Accompaniments · Vegan · Vegetarian

Cabbage Carrot Poriyal/ Stir fry

This is a simple stir fry with cabbage and carrot which is easily available round the year. A typical South Indian lunch platter consists of a medley of preparations with vegetable, lentils stew and curd (yogurt) served with rice, a three course meal. Poriyal is prepared with one or more  finely chopped/ grated vegetables shallowed fried with few spices. With subtle variation it  is called as palya in Karnataka and thoran in Kerala. I prefer to add some turmeric and asafoetida to my preparation. You may omit these and still prepare a tasty poriyal.

Serves 2

1 cup Cabbage, finely chopped

1/2 cup Carrots, grated

1/4 cup Onions, roughly chopped

1/2 teaspoon Black mustard seeds (Rai/ Sarson)

1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)

1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder *Optional

1 teaspoon White urad dal (split black lentil)

1 Green chilly (sliced) *Can be substituted with dried red chillies

2 teaspoons Grapeseed oil *Oil of choice

1 sprig Curry leaves

Pinch of  Asafoetida (Hing) *Optional

Salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Add cumin seeds and urad dal, sauté for less than a minute.
  • Stir in onions, green chilly and curry leaves. Fry on low heat till golden brown and add turmeric. Take care not to burn the spices and onion.
  • Add cabbage and carrot. Mix well. Cover the pan and cook for 5-8 minutes. Cabbage tends to weep water when cooked. Unless needed, do not add extra water. This a dry preparation. More water makes it soggy.
  • Add salt and asafoetida(if adding). Cook till vegetable is soft. Remove from heat an serve hot with rice and dal.

2 thoughts on “Cabbage Carrot Poriyal/ Stir fry

    1. Thanks. Glad o know the recipe worked for you. Moong is a different dal. It’s usually boiled and added to cabbage carrot stir fry. It’s called kootu 🙂

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