Quick and Easy Fried Purple Cabbage Recipe

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Some days you’re so busy that all you want is a quick and easy vegetarian meal that you can eat with bread or puris. That’s when this purple cabbage recipe my mom makes comes in quite handy. If you like a tongue twister, we call it baigani patta gobhi cha sabzi in Hindi. Or for the fried red cabbage veggies, it’s laal patta gobhee sabzi. It hardly takes 15 minutes to have your purple cabbage or red cabbage chopped, fried and ready to eat.

So what do you need to make Fried purple cabbage veggies quick?

Purple cabbage cut in half.
Purple or red cabbage

1 Purple Cabbage, weighing approximately half kg
2 Tablespoons Oil or Ghee
1 Teaspoon Jeera or Cumin
1 Teaspoon Rai or Mustard Seeds
1 Teaspoon Salt
3 Green Chillies Chopped Fine

How do you make Fried Purple Cabbage Sabzi?

Start off by chopping the cabbage, not too fine, but not too thick and leaving it aside. Also, chop the green chilies fine and leave them aside.

Cut purple caggabe in a yellow bowl.
Cut purple cabbage

In a pan, take the 2 tablespoons of oil and make what we Indians call a tadka. Tadka’s give flavor to a dish, especially to dal, and are often added to the dish later on. But sometimes, like today, it’s better to add it before everything else.

So back to the tadka recipe, take 2 tablespoons of oil or ghee in a pan, add the rai (mustard) and jeera (cumin) and heat for 2 minutes till you get a nice aroma or your nose starts to twitch.

Oil, jeera and mustard seeds in a frying pan.
Heat oil and add jeera and rai
Add in the chopped green chillies
Chop green chillies

Then add in the chopped green chilies and leave for 2 minutes.

And finally, add the chopped purple cabbage and salt and fry for 5 minutes. And that’s it! You’ll know it’s ready once the cabbage has lost it’s bright color and become somewhat duller.

The tasty fried purple cabbage sabzi is ready to serve with some rotis or puris! You can add a spoonful of yogurt on the side like we Indians do. By the way, this recipe of mom’s is vegetarian and gluten free too!

Purple cabbage in a frying pan.
Add the purple cabbage to the pan
Purple cabbage Sabzi - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Purple cabbage Sabzi

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Quick Fried Purple Cabbage Recipe

This Indian fried purple or red cabbage recipe is quick and easy to make in under 15 minutes.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Total Time 14 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 people


  • 1 Purple Cabbage Or red cabbage, weighing approximately half kg
  • 2 tbsp Oil or Ghee
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin (Jeera) (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds (Rai) (Rai)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Green Chillies


  • Chop the cabbage and leave aside.
  • Chop the green chillis fine and leave aside.
  • In a pan, make a tadka by heating oil with cumin (jeera) and mustard seeds (rai.)
  • After two minutes, add in the chopped chillies and fry for 2 more minutes.
  • Lastly, add in the chopped purple cabbage and salt and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with bread or rotis and a spoonful of yogurt on the side.

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