Badha Kopir Tarkari-Bengali Style Cabbage Stir-fry

After a long time I am posting a North Indian side dish.Of late,I have been trying out a lot of dishes from my blogging buddies and yes,this one too is from a fellow blogger,Sudeshna,who writes at Cook like a Bong.

I have a soft corner for cabbage,[famed as a stinky vegetable] and prepare many types of dishes right from stir fry to mixed rice variety and this version is a Bengali style stir fry that goes well as a side dish with steamed rice and Chapathi.

I used :[The original recipe is here]

Cabbage-1 small,finely chopped
Potato-1 small,peeled and finely chopped
Fresh green peas-a handful
Grated ginger-1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder- 1 teaspoon
Cumin powder -1 teaspoon
Chilli powder-1 teaspoon
Green chillies- 2,chopped
Bay leaf-1
Curry leaves- a few
Garam masala: ½ a teaspoons
Mustard-1 teaspoon
Fennel seed-1/2 a teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil-2 teaspoon

  1. Cook potato and peas till tender but not mushy and keep aside.[I microwaved it for 6 minutes on high].
  2. Similarly cook cabbage and keep aside.[I microwaved it on high for 5 minutes].
  3. Heat oil in a pan and put in mustard,fennel seeds,curry leaves,bay leaf,green chillies .
  4. When the mustard splutters add the ginger paste and onion and saute till onion turns translucent.
  5. Put in chilli powder,garam masala,salt,cumin powder,turmeric powder and mix well.Sprinkle water if the mixture is too dry.
  6. Add the cooked cabbage,potato and peas and stir well.
  7. Simmer and allow the flavors to blend.Sprinkle water if required.
  8. After a few minutes,remove from heat and serve.

I wanted to make it without any changes but by force of habit added mustard and onions and forgot tomatoes.The original recipe calls for sugar but I was skeptical as my folks like spicy stuffs so left it out too.Nevertheless,I shall still call it a Bengali dish and needless to say we enjoyed it!!

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