November 18, 2012

Green Cabbage Lentil Rice Recipe + Canon Camera Giveaway (Open for Indian Readers only)

Some tastes of childhood you can never forget and can never fade away. It is a taste you regularly try to recall. Sometimes it works and most of the time it does not, especially if you are in a foreign land away from your home where eating a home-cooked meal by your mother is a distant dream. I was in such a situation for 6 long years until we came back to India for good last year.

After hogging and devouring on festive food, my mother would always make this simple, one-pot meal of Cabbage with Lentil Rice. This year's Diwali was no exception. Its comfort food to the tee.

If you are here for to know more about and participate in the give-way , feel free to scroll down to the end of this post.


Simple One-pot Weeknight Meal

Cabbage + Toor Dal 

{Recipe} Green Cabbage Lentil Rice


2 cups basmati rice (or any other variety)
1 cup toor dal (yellow split pigeon peas)
2 cups chopped green cabbage
3-4 green chillies
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp chilli powder
few curry leaves
1 tsp garam masala powder
salt - to taste
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
4.5 cups water


1. In a pressure pan, heat oil. Add green chillies, curry leaves, onions and ginger-garlic paste. Fry until light golden brown in color. Add garam masala, chilli powder and salt.

2. Add toor dal and cabbage. Saute for few minutes. Mix well.

3. Add rice and cook for 2 mins. Add water and stir everything once.

4. After 1 whistle, let the pressure cooker be on heat for 2 more minutes (don't wait until the second whistle) and turn it off.

5. Once the pressure has subsided, lightly fluff with fork and serve with any spicy accompaniment.

Below is a step by step pictorial of how to make Cabbage Lentil Rice. 

Rinse rice couple of times. No need of prior soaking.

In a pressure pan, heat oil. Add green chillies, curry leaves, onions and ginger-garlic paste. Fry until light golden brown in color.

Add rinsed toor dal . Saute for few minutes. Mix well.

Add chopped cabbage. Toss lightly.

Add rice.

Add water and stir everything once. After 1 whistle, let the pressure cooker be on heat for 2 more minutes (don't wait until the second whistle) and turn it off.. 

Once the pressure has subsided, lightly fluff with fork

Serve hot with any spicy side dish and/or raita. Yum!

2012 Holiday Giveaway (Open for Indian residents only)

It is Holiday Season and best time to spread some happy cheer all around. Its time to give-away something special to my lovely readers who support me all along the way. One lucky winner who resides in India only (Others, Check these giveaways and enter there) will be chosen for an opportunity win this fabulous prize. A chance to win a Canon Powershot A810 Point & Shoot Camera (Choice of color - Black, Silver or Red) along with 4 GB SDHC Card + Case + Charger

Here is what you need to do:

1. Leave a comment on this post. As simple as that.

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Last date for participation is November 30th 2012 midnight IST and one winner randomly picked will be announced on December 1st 2012. . 

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  1. I'd love to win. Thanks!

  2. And guess what, I qualify for this one.. I make cabbage rice too, but blanch the cabbage and add it to the rice so that it has the crunchy texture. But this method seems simpler, will try it too.

  3. Cabbage with lentil is something new to me,looks delicious!

    Already 'like'd you on facebook,already subscribed to your feed!

    Happy Holidays!

  4. I usually mix the cooked rice to the fried cabbage mixture ,adding lentils is a gud idea...
    already following you on FB

  5. hi siri , i am already subscribed to you through email -
    folloeing your fb page and following you on twitter.
    tweeted about this giveaway -

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  6. cabbage and lentils rice is healthy preparation.

  7. Lovely post and pics Siri..I would love to win!

  8. And I have subscribed to your feed!

  9. What an exciting give away, Siri...

  10. Liked, followed and am here... :D
    Good giveaway, and awesome recipe. Will try this for lunch box soon :)

  11. Wow nice recipe to try out. Looks delicious and a definite time saver. Thanks for the giveaway too.

  12. I'm glad I found you, what a great blog! I just subscribed to you via e-mail.

  13. I have blogged a one pot meal also! It's just the right weather for meals like this.

  14. Adding toor dal to cabbage rice is nice idea.....grains look separate.....perfectly done....I add egg to will try with dal....One pot meals are always welcoming in my kitchen.....Already follow you on facebook and twitter....

  15. I am huge fan of your space but never commented here. Like the collection of the recipes you showcase here. Rice looks simple and yummy. I already like your space in facebook.

  16. Done! Woah I love your blog. Such beautiful pics!

  17. I have done all that was necessary. I am liking you on FB, Subscribed to your blog via Email & Google Reader as well. I hope I win :)

    This is such a lovely recipe for my kids lunch box!! Loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  18. This is very good recipe I will make it soon for my family..
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  19. That looks delicious. I need to try this recipe

  20. Different rice dear... loved this rice... haa... Camera is attractive wish to win it...
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  21. I would like the red one please. Love your blog.

  22. the very mention of AMMA gives great taste to the recipe. I miss my mother who was a great cook. Siri madam is lucky. She enjoys mom's food and provides readers to prepare and enjoy the recipe. Thanks.

  23. What a beautiful camera! Fingers crossed!

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  24. I love lentils! I just made a lentil and rice dish this week. It didn't look nearly as lovely as yours! :) Maybe I'll try this!

    Thanks so much, for the recipe AND certainly the giveaway!
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  28. Been a really long time since I bloghopped.. And here I am browsing the old ones and in time for the fantastic giveaway :)


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