Cabbage Pachadi (salad)

This is a wonderful and refreshing salad from the book, Great Vegetarian Dishes, by Kurma Dasa. This my favorite and has never failed to please my guests.

Ingredients:

  • 1/1 a medium cabbage (inner leaves only) finely shredded* (about 6 cups)
  • 4 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • ½ cup ground, roasted peanuts
  • 2/3 cup grated fresh coconut
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (regular sugar is also ok)
  • 6 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon asafoetida powder
  • 1 tablespoon hot green chili, seeded and minced
  • 4 tablespoons coarsely chopped, fresh coriander leaves
  • you can also use the coleslaw cabbage packet available in the grocery store.

Instructions:

  • Place the cabbage, tomato, peanut powder, coconut, salt, sugar, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Fry the mustard seeds in oil in a small pan over moderate heat until they crackle. Add the cumin seeds, turmeric, asafetida, and green chili. Fry until the cumin seeds turn a darker shade. Remove from the heat. Add these above prepared spices to the cabbage. Toss the salad thoroughly and make sure that the spices have been properly mixed in.
  • Garnish with the coriander leaves. Chill and serve cold. The longer you keep this salad, the better it tastes. Make this at least 1 hour ahead and chill in the refrigerator. This develops the taste.

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Cabbage Pachadi (salad)