Feb 26, 2008

Minty Dal & Cabbage Thoran

Same question every morning...what do I cook today? Well, I wanted to cook something fast. Problem: I wanted a quick but a different recipe. Nothing can be faster than making dal and then I opened the fridge and was so glad to see fresh mint leaves. So, I put a few ingredients together and came with something new. The end result was definitely good. So here's how I made it...


1. Tur dal - 1 cup
2. Mint leaves - 10
3. Green chillis -2
4. Curry leaves - a few
5. Garlic clove - 1 (small)
For seasoning:
1. Oil/ Ghee - 2 tblsp
2. Mustard - 1/2 tsp
3. Jeera - 1/2 tsp
4. Hing - a pinch
5. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Make a paste out of mint leaves and green chilli. Set aside.
  • Pressure cook dal with a pinch of turmeric powder and a few drops of oil/ ghee.
  • In a kadai or pan heat the oil. Add mustard, jeera, hing, curry leaves and turmeric powder. Pour the cooked dal and mint paste. Add salt. If required add some water to adjust the consistency. Mix well and boil for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Serve hot with rice and pickle.


  1. Shredded cabbage - 1/2
  2. Onion - diced
  3. Mustard - 1/2 tsp
  4. Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  6. Curry leaves - a few
  7. Oil - 4 tblsp
  8. Salt - as reqd
  9. Grated coconut - 1 tblsp

Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds, jeera, curry leaves. When it splutters add the diced onion, shredded cabbage, salt and turmeric powder. Saute for 4 minutes on medium high, as cabbage cooks fast or else it turns mushy. Add the grated coconut and mix well. Remove into a serving dish.


Asha said...

I relate to that q!! Last night, I got up at 10.30pm and soaked some beans which I just decided to do for next morning. All this while I was trying get some sleep!;P
I love the minty flavored dal, can't wait for the Spring to start so I can plant some!:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Moly :) Nice to see your receipes. Great snaps!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Moly :) Nice to see your receipes. Great snaps!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Moly :) Nice to see your receipes. Great snaps!!

Anonymous said...

I love the combi of Cabbage and Dal. Haven't tasted Minty dal yet. The snaps look great. Thanks for the recipe, will try this out tonight.

Sagari said...

never tried mint dal ,looks lovely vini

Nags said...

mint in dal? wow! thats new for me. but the cabbage is thoran is the eternal comfort food of course :)

VINI said...

I want to thank you all for the wonderful comments :).

DEEPA said...

wow!!mint dhal...perfect one ..and cabbage thoran ...excellent recipe !!!Thanks for sharing

Ramki said...

Hi Vini,
Am blogging your Thoran as a model recipe in the 1001 Kerala curries cookbook at http://ramkicooks.blogspot.com/

/Thanks for the recipe

Anonymous said...

We prepared your recipe today "CABBAGE THORAN" and "Gobbi Masala" and we all (me, Sushma, Chinmay,Anurag) liked it very much. Thanks from all of us for sharing the secrets behind Arun's delicious lunch box :-)