Recipe Marathon: Day 6: Cabbage Kofta (Cabbage flour balls in tomato gravy)

I think that the best time for guests to come home will be the weekend as you’ll get your money’s worth of unlimited sight seeing. I’ll be roaming around like a zombie in my PJ’s and cooking and N will be trying to clean the garden and the house. And of course there is the free attraction-a mini zoo in our community, some deers, lots of boars and even more snakes!

Most of the weekends will go like this, and I am sure we give a nice impression to our neighbors. But the past one month was really hectic and we were running around like headless chickens. We were planning to meet up with couple of our neighbors who had just moved in, but it was always like a quick Hi and a Bye. But few weeks ago, our friend down the road called us around 10 on a Sunday morning while I was still sleeping(??!!!). She invited us over for a cup of coffee and little did we know that we were actually going for a brunch. She had sneakily planned this brunch and treated us to a paniyarams, bise-bela bath, tomato rice, yogurt rice and pineapple sheera. We had a really good time and we chatted for a good 3-4 hours.

Again, few days ago when we caught up over the phone, I learnt that she was expecting her bundle of joy. I wanted to really cook something for her, but at the same time, did’nt want to try something that may give more morning sickness. And she was saying she wanted to have something less spicy, yet healthy. So I made this cabbage kofta, and this apple date cake and took it over to her place.

This cabbage kofta is something I found from Ashwini’s Page and she had tried it from
Married to a desi.

I’ve made a few varieties of kofta’s like
paneer kofta
, egg kofta but a cabbage kofta was something new and I wanted to try it out. The main attraction for me was that there was no need to make onion paste, tomato puree and the cashew masala we usually make for the koftas.

My recipe for day 6 of this recipe marathon is simple cabbage kofta. And I followed the recipe of Married to a desi.


Ingredients : (Makes 20 koftas)

For koftas:
Besan flour- 1/2 cup
Cabbage- one head of cabbage, small size
Carrot- 2
Garam Masala powder- 3/4 tsp
Salt- to taste
Oil- for deep frying

For gravy:

Roma tomatoes- 4 or 5
Chopped onion- 1/4 cup
Coriander seeds- 1 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Kofta Masala powder- 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Red chilies- 4
Poppy seeds- 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Salt- to taste
Butter- 1 tbsp
Cilantro- one handful


Grate the cabbage and add salt to it. Leave it aside for sometime(30 mins) so that it gives out water. Do not add carrots at this stage. Squeeze out as much water as you can out of the grated cabbage. Add the carrots , besan flour, garam masala powder and start forming them into cylinders or lime sized kofta balls. Pour oil in a pan and wait till it is hot. Deep fry the koftas in oil till golden brown. Drain and keep aside.

The kofta will be crispy if you can squeeze out water from the cabbage first. If you want, you can also roll the kofta balls in dry besan powder to add another coat, before frying.

Chop the tomatoes and blend it well with all other ingredients given for gravy except the butter (How easy is this gravy?). Add about 2-3 cups of water and simmer this gravy for 20 minutes. When you can see bubbles drop in the butter and mix it well. Taste if the gravy is raw or if it still needs to simmer for another 4-5 minutes. Check for salt and spices. Drop the koftas one by one and mix slowly to coat. Let it sit for 5 minutes in the gravy.

Serve the cabbage kofta with rotis or naan. We enjoyed it with phulka.


I did not use saunf or anardhana powder given in the original recipe (as I did not have them), but the gravy had its own flavor. I have also cut down a lot on spice- used less chilies and coriander seeds.

I was also worried about the kofta disintegrating in the gravy but it absorbed the gravy so well and kept its shape.

The kofta can also be served as a fried snack -like a veggie cutlet.

The marathon is coming to a tasty end and thanks to Nupur we are having a blast, cooking and sharing. Tomorrow is the last day of this Marathon, before we welcome 2010.

Day 1: December 25 : See the recipes here

Day 2: December 26: Check out what’s cooking here

Day 3: December 27: Still going strong, see the delicious recipes here

Day 4: It is all about Spice

Day 5: Veggies, Grains and more!

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11 Comments to “Recipe Marathon: Day 6: Cabbage Kofta (Cabbage flour balls in tomato gravy)”

  1. Rujuta says:

    Hi! Ruchika

    Great recipe. Cabbage Kofta sounds interesting and I must definately try it. Thanks to the marathon I have so many amazing recipes bookmarked…..Best wishes for the marathon

  2. simplyfood says:

    Stumbled across your blog by accident but really loved your recipies.Hope to return again. Your cabbage koftas recipe is simple and easy to follow will try it for sure.

  3. Siri says:

    I love koftas – of any kind.. cabbage kofta sounds delicious too.
    I was meaning to say something to you – Could you upload bigger pics of your recipies… that would be so cool :).. Just a thought. 😀


  4. Pavani says:

    Cabbage kofta sounds interesting & delicious. Would love to try some..
    Wish you and your family a very Happy & Prosperous New Year.

  5. Namitha says:

    I love kofta …whatever it be..:-)This sounds delicious and yumm…:-)

  6. Madhu says:

    cabbage koftas sounds new and looks very tasty…..goes perfectly with my phulkas ..:).

  7. indosungod says:

    koftas with cabbage, that is indeed a great idea. Simple compared to the regular koftas.

  8. ruchikacook says:

    Thanks Rujuta, your potato pancakes were tempting too.

    I wish such tasty accidents would happen often simply food! Thanks for visiting.

    Siri, I am keeping that comment in mind..Trying to crop the photos to correct size..soon it will be bigger and how we like in Texas :)..

    Thanks Pavani, Wishing you and your family a happy new year.

    Thanks Namitha.

    Madhu, I thought the same when I saw the phulkas..what a combo..

    Yes ISG, no more elaborate cooking for koftas..Loved the photos of mangoes you’ve got.

  9. notyet100 says:

    cabbage kofta is new for me,…wish u hppy new yr 2010

  10. Sheetal says:

    Oh, yummy, yummy! Cabbage koftas would have made me very happy while I was expecting too 😀 This totally reminds me of lauki koftas … now, I am totally tempted to make them at this very instant!

  11. Kanchana says:

    Hi Ruchika!

    So glad you tried out the koftas — aren’t they so tasty! This is the special dish we cook for people when we really want to show off, haha!
    Well, my husband cooks it and I assist him :) Its very cool to read about others making the dish!

    Happy New Year!


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