Cabbage Puttu

Sis and I used to watch cookery shows when we were young. Alright, alright, we were not so young, she was in Uni and I was in High school. But the thing with sister’s is that if one sis is doing something, whether the other sis likes it or not, she will give company and there will non stop talking and laughter filling the room. So many times mom had seen our double trouble in the same room, both of us with a book in a hand(focusing on different subjects), yet perfectly in sync with the other in thoughts.

But with cookery shows, as you guessed correctly, she used to make the yummy goodies and I munched them hot and fresh from the kitchen. It takes a lot of courage to be a taster too 😉

One of those regular shows we saw was Chef Damu’s show on Jaya TV (I don’t know if it is still running). Chef Damu’s recipes are very simple to make, yet it has got a twist. Once he made a snake gourd stir fry like a puttu and we tried it. The taste was something new and we liked the taste so much that we created cabbage puttu as well.

Now the dish puttu in Kerala is totally different from this cabbage puttu. That kerala puttu is made of rice flour and coconut and is steamed and makes a hearty breakfast. But this version of puttu uses cabbage as a side dish for rice dishes. It is very simple and takes the same time you need to make a cabbage stir fry.

Ingredients (Serves-3)

Cabbage- one small head
Pearl onion- 4
Garlic- 1 clove
Ginger -chopped- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves- few
Cilantro- few

For tempering:
Oil- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Red chilies- 2
Asafoetida- 1 pinch

Other Ingredients:
Roasted split dal (pottu kadalai or puffed bengal gram dal)- 1/4 cup


Wash and chop the cabbage finely. Grind the pottu kadalai(roasted split dal) to a fine powder. Keep aside.

Finely chop the pearl onions, ginger and garlic. Use chopped ginger and garlic and not the ready made paste.

Heat oil in a pan and add asafoetida and mustard seeds. When the seeds splutter, add cumin seeds, red chilies and curry leaves. Once they are fried well, add the chopped red pearl onions, chopped ginger and garlic and fry well. Add salt and turmeric powder.

Stir fry till onions are transparent. Add the chopped cabbage to this pan, mix well once, cover and let it cook on a medium flame(10-12 minutes). Do not add additional water.

Once the cabbage is cooked through, add the powdered dal and mix well. This powdered dal will absorb any extra water. At this stage, the puttu will look lumpy and shapeless. That is OK, that is how it will be and you cannot separate the cabbage strands.

The photo I have here is the final picture of the dish, since there is a powdered dal added to it, the stir fry looks like a mass of combined stuff then a usual kari, but that is how it is made and that is what makes this stir fry tasty!

Stir fry for 3-4 minutes till all the water has been absorbed by the powdered dal and the raw smell of the dal has disappeared. Switch off (You can also add coconut before you switch off). Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Serve the cabbage puttu with rasam rice or vathakozhambu rice.

Make this puttu once and you won’t make the ordinary cabbage thoran again and you will switch to this puttu :)

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17 Comments to “Cabbage Puttu”

  1. it just reminded me of my college going days with my sister,it was really nice,like u even v used to watch the cookery show…seeing me even she started learning…i miss her so much….well now coming to your dish first when i saw the name puttu the kerala puttu only came to my mind…but this was very different….but nicer than that…i loved the recipe, simple yet so delicious…lovely stir fry sowjanya

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  3. Raks says:

    This sounds really different and good,with all those -shallots,garlic,sure its going to be great tasting one :)

  4. love this curry..never tried ginger and garlic in this curry. looks very nice.

  5. mmm, cabbage puttu with pearl onions wow will taste and smell great looks comfy!!!

  6. Asha says:

    I was expecting Kerala Puttu mixed with cabbage when I read the tille! 😀

    Title I mean, your right click disbling is giving lot of trouble, can’t go back once I do the typo. Anyway, I was thinking it’s nice to have a sister, I have a brother that’s it, not much fun. Cabbage playa looks delicious, love to have it with Parathas.

    Have a great weekend, I will be reading a lot, go to UNC on Sunday, expecting 8″ snow!! :)

  7. Cham says:

    When Damu was in TV show I was out of the country! But own two of his books, all are unique recipes and quick easy!
    I was wondering like Asha for Kerala puttu Sow :) Good one!

  8. simplyfood says:

    Nice and easy to make.Lovely flavours.

  9. Koki says:

    i loved chef damus shows tooo
    wonderful recipe ruchika…thanks for posting

  10. Priya says:

    Damu comes always with interesting dishes, just love his show, even now am trying to watch through some online sites…Cabbage puttu looks yumm..

  11. My another all time favorite….cabbage….. I had prepared that for lunch yesterday… I love it with piping hot rice & dal…. This prep looks good too….


  12. Rujuta says:


    Loved i m a big fan of cookery shows and enjoy watching them regularly :)

    Cabbage Puttu is looking great and fairly simple to make…. I will def. try it

  13. Sayantani says:

    I always wanted to have a sister…especially because that way you get two wardrobe full of clothes. I have two brothers and they shared so many things which I just looked at. anyways, the cabbage curry looks good. co incidentally am also making the same for lunch now. lovely recipe.

  14. Joanne says:

    My brother and I watch cooking shows together all the time. It’s definitely a great bonding experience.

    Love this dish! You definitely spiced up cabbage, which can be boring if left un-spiced.

  15. Hey Ruchika,
    Cabbage Puttu looks yumm…It seems that you have put my thoughts into words:) My sis and I have had lots of fun…

  16. PJ says:

    love your cabbage puttu, Ruchika! Equal to the recipe I just like saying ‘cabbage puttu’ :)

  17. chefdamu says:

    nice to see your comments happy cooking

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