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One cabbage, three interesting lunch recipes

So I only had one white cabbage in the fridge, but I wanted three interesting lunches for two this week. Challenge accepted!

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It's a strange thing not being able to nip out to the shop at the drop of a hat and get what you want, but it brings out the 'make do and mend' mentality in us all.

I only had one white cabbage in the fridge, but I wanted three interesting lunches for two this week. Challenge accepted!

Cabbage Thoran

I served this with steamed rice and mango chutney

I served this with steamed rice and mango chutney

Cabbage Thoran

A simple vegetarian recipe that can be used as lunch or as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 1/3 white cabbage, chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urid dall
  • 5 curry leaves (dried or fresh)
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 2 red chillies (dried or fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • A sprinkling of desiccated coconut

Instructions

You can change the cabbage for any ingredient in this dish. This is the simple and classic way of making a thoran.

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok.
  2. Put in the mustard seeds and cook until they start to pop.
  3. Add the urid dall and curry leaves, fry till the dall turns golden, then throw in the onions.
  4. Cook the onions until they are soft, then add the turmeric and season with salt.
  5. Stir in the cabbage and cook for ten minutes until tender. Then, throw in the desiccated coconut and gently fold through.

Recipe Notes

Serve with basmati rice

Recipe by

Carole Mason - but it's not my invention, it's a classic!

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Thai Influenced Cabbage Salad

We ate this with some grilled prawns I found at the back of the freezer - what an indulgence!

We ate this with some grilled prawns I found at the back of the freezer - what an indulgence!

Thai Influenced Cabbage Salad

A great way to jazz up raw cabbage which surely is great for your health.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 white cabbage, shredded
  • 1 chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 red shallots, finely sliced
  • 1 thumb ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 100ml coconut cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing by mixing the fish sauce and lime juice. Taste and adjust; one flavour should not overwhelm the other. Mix in the coconut milk and chilli flakes and put to one side.
  2. Mix the cabbage, shallots, chilli and ginger, and plate up.
  3. Cover with the dressing and serve.
  4. I would normally deep-fry dried shrimps and sprinkle on top, or add crispy peanuts – but I was out of stock!

Recipe by

Carole Mason

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British Coleslaw

I tend to make this if I have some leftover cabbage, because it really does not need to be at its best! Simply shred the cabbage, grate some carrot, smother in mayonnaise and away you go.

I served this with a pork pie, so this was the most effortless lunch this week.

Coleslaw

Coleslaw

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Comments (8)

  • Wow, all three very tasty 😋

      1 year ago
  • You could have tried the Indian one as well with chapati. One of my favs!

      1 year ago
  • Thanks i hope you try them

      1 year ago
  • Thanks I hope you try them all

      1 year ago
  • Good story, thanks for posting. Cabbages would have to be the most underrated food ever.

    I put some cabbage through a food processor at the fine chopped setting.

    To 1/2 of it, just by adding Woolies whole egg mayo, I have fresh coleslaw.

    The other half I steam with rice and chopped potatoes, and serve with canned tuna, mild English mustard, possibly some horse radish, and a dash of fine ground white pepper .

    It looks sort of like this picture I found on the internet.

      1 year ago
    • Thanks - Ah Woolies mayo there is a blast from the past I had it in Australia but we don't have it in the UK.

        1 year ago
    • it's very reasonably priced , and has plain packaging, but it's very good .

        1 year ago
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