Cabbage Poricha Kootu Recipe (Red Cabbage) – South Indian Cabbage Dal

The Cabbage Poricha Kootu Recipe is a wholesome and delicious recipe where the moong dal is cooked and mixed along with steamed cabbage and a fresh coconut masala, finished off with a crunchy tadka.  You can use the regular cabbage or the red cabbage to make this south indian kootu recipe which is essentially a cabbage dal with coconut.   Cabbage (Patta Gobi/ Muttaikose), Yellow Moong Dal (Split), Turmeric powder (Haldi), Salt, Fresh coconut, Cumin seeds (Jeera), Whole Black Pepper Corns, Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu), White Urad Dal (Split), Curry leaves, Coconut Oil   2 cups Cabbage (Patta Gobi/ Muttaikose) , (Red/ Green Cabbage) roughly chopped 1 cup Yellow Moong Dal (Split) 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) Salt , to taste To Be Ground 1/2 cup Fresh coconut , grated 2 teaspoons Cumin seeds (Jeera) 2 teaspoons Whole Black Pepper Corns For Seasoning 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu) 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split) 1 sprig Curry leaves 1 teaspoon Coconut Oil     15   20     To begin making Cabbage Poricha Kootu Recipe, into the pressure cooker, add the chopped cabbage (red cabbage or green cabbage) and 2 tablespoons of water, sprinkle some salt and turmeric powder and pressure cook for 1 whistle.Turn off the heat and release the pressure immediately by running it under cold water. This will prevent the cabbage from getting over cooked. Transfer to a bowl and keep this aside.In the same pressure cooker, add the washed the moong dal along with turmeric powder and 1 cup water. Pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles. After 2 to 3 whistles, turn off the heat, release the pressure naturally and keep it aside.In a mixer grinder, add grated coconut, cumin seeds and black peppercorns along with 1/4 cup of warm water and grind to a smooth paste. Keep aside – this is the poricha kootu masala. Add the cabbage, coconut masala to the pressure cooked moong dal and give it a quick stir. Add salt to taste and give the Cabbage Poricha Kootu a brisk boil and turn off the heat. Give it a taste and adjust the salt and seasonings accordingly.Transfer the Cabbage Poricha Kootu to a serving bowl.Last step is to heat the oil in a small tadka pan, add the mustard, urad dal seeds and let it splutter. Allow the dal to turn golden brown. Stir in the curry leaves, cook for 10 seconds and turn off the heat.Add this tadka over the prepared Cabbage Poricha Kootu and give it a stir. Serve hot.Serve the Cabbage Poricha Kootu Recipe  (Red Cabbage / Green Cabbage) along with Phulkas/Steamed Rice, Beetroot Thoran and Carrot Cucumber Tomato Salad for a delicious and simple weeknight dinner.