This recipe emerged after I was
obsessively searching for a way to use up all the cabbage we had at home. You see, cooking for 2 people is tricky because you need such a small quantity of ingredients and then you’re always left with bits and bobs of random ingredients like one-third of a courgette, a quarter of an onion, a rasher of smoked salmon etc.
I mean, I am certainly not complaining about this. I say Alhamdulillah (all praises to God) for this because it signifies I have enough food at home. However all these ingredients need to be used up. I hate throwing away food.
I brought home a large head of cabbage the other day to make pakoras with. I used up approximately 1/4 of it and then after about 4 days of being ignored the other 3/4 of the cabbage head began giving me sad puppy eyes just pleading to be used up.
So I asked around for advice on what to do with this sad, puppy-eyed cabbage. I got the generic answers like ‘make soup’, ‘make salad’, ‘make more pakoras’ but none of those really appealed to me at that point in time. I finally found this Gujerati recipe using only cabbage and little else – Exactly what I needed! It is so simple and quick that I hardly took any pictures of the cooking process because there’s hardly any steps! Literally you toss everything into a skillet, stir and it’s done!
All the recipes I saw used oil and a majority used curry leaves and amchur (dried mango powder). I used butter and oil for the tempering and I didn’t have those last two ingredients so I omitted them. The end results were INSANELY DELICIOUS. I had no clue cabbage could taste so amazing! And since there are minimal spices in this recipe, the taste of the cabbage and butter really shines through. And I LOVE butter. Put butter on all the things and cook things in all the butter I say! I’m dead serious.
All the recipes I post up on my site have been approved by people other than myself, usually my very honest husband, my closest friends whom I love cooking for and my parents. I didn’t expect my husband to like this one since he isn’t a fan of vegetables, but to my surprise he really enjoyed this! I also sent some over to my mother and she absolutely loved the flavours of the mustard seeds and butter combined. When I cook, I never aim to cook something just ‘good’, I aim to get a ‘Wow, this is goooood!’ reaction – always be rest assured that you will never find ‘passable’ recipes on here.
I’m a happy girl now. I can safely bring home large heads of cabbage knowing they will be used up. Alhamdulillah.
Anyway, here is this gorgeously simple and tasty recipe for Kobi Di Sambharo.
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