πŸ§† Cabbage Koftas With Tomato Gravy πŸ₯£ An Ital Recipe πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³

in Natural Medicine β€’ 18 days ago

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I decided to prepare one of my daughters' favorite dishes today, a bit of celebration for Srey-Yuu going back to school.

Qurator is also hosting "Hive Top Chef! | Deep Fried" this week, so I figured I would cook Cabbage Kofta and share it as an entry for this awesome weekly contest.

πŸ₯£ Cabbage Kofta πŸ§†

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Qurator's: Hive Top Chef! | Deep Fried

Β  Β  Β Once upon a time I shared my kofta-inspired veggie burger recipe with you Hivers, and the koftas in this recipe are a simpler version of my veggie burger recipe. Cabbage is the go-to ingredient to bond with the besan, but my whole family prefers amaranth leaves.

Β  Β  Β Amaranth leaves are a common ingredient in Suriname, and we buy/pick them very often, but I was trying to cook without leaving the house for any ingredients when I made this.

Β  Β  Β Cabbage was on hand, so cabbage it was, and I vegan clandestinely began frying they koftas while the @KidSisters were next door playing. Koftas have a tendency to go missing before mealtime when the whole family knows they are on the day's menu.

πŸ₯₯ Cabbage Kofta Ingredients 🌢️

Cabbage Koftas
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Tomato Gravy
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⋆ minced cabbage - 2 cups
⋆ besan - 1 cup
⋆ cumin seeds - 1 tsp
⋆ red onion - 1 small
⋆ minced fresh coriander - 2 tsp
⋆ minced ginger - 1 tsp
⋆ minced garlic - 2 cloves
⋆ green chili - 1
⋆ sea salt - 1 tsp
⋆ tomatoes - 5 small
⋆ ginger - small knob
⋆ green chili - 1
⋆ cumin seeds - 1 tsp
⋆ asafoetida - β…› tsp
⋆ besan - 1 tbsp
⋆ coriander powder - 1Β½ tbsp
⋆ turmeric powder - Β½ tsp
⋆ chili powder - ΒΌ tsp
⋆ paprika - Β½ tsp
⋆ sea salt - Β½ tsp
⋆ brown sugar - 1 tsp
⋆ sea salt - Β½ tsp
⋆ coconut milk - 3 tbsp

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³ Cooking Method πŸ”ͺ

Cabbage Koftas

STEP 1

Β  Β  Β Mince all the kofta ingredients and combine in a bowl.

Β  Β  Β Mix by hand and squeeze ro release a bit of juice from the cabbage, this will hydrate the besan.
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STEP 2

Β  Β  Β With wetted hands, form your besan mix into ping-pong sized balls.

Β  Β  Β Keep them in the refrigerator until use or fry immediately.
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STEP 3

Β  Β  Β Heat a pan with about 1cm of oil, and maintain a medium-low flame for frying.

Β  Β  Β Fry your kofta balls in small batches, making sure to turn once in a while to prevent overcooking on one side.
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STEP 4

Β  Β  Β Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon when koftas are golden-brown.

Β  Β  Β Hide these from your family members until you will need them for the tomato gravy.

Β  Β  Β GUARD THEM WITH YOUR LIFE!!
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Tomato Gravy

STEP 1

Β  Β  Β Grind the tomatoes, ginger, and green chilies. After grinding, add the paprika, chili powder, turmeric powder, and coriander powder to the tomato puree.

Β  Β  Β Keep this with the other ingredients near the stove, and we will begin cooking.
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STEP 2

Β  Β  Β Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a small pan and add the cumin seeds and asafoetida.
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STEP 3

Β  Β  Β Add the besan when the cumin is fragrant and turn the flame down to low.

Β  Β  Β Saute the besan on low heat until the raw smell goes away.
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STEP 4

Β  Β  Β Now add the tomato puree and spice powders, and bring to a simmer.

Β  Β  Β Simmer uncovered until reduced in volume by 50%.
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STEP 5

Β  Β  Β Add 1Β½ to 2 cups water to the tomato gravy, stir to incorporate and add the salt and sugar.

Β  Β  Β Bring back to a simmer and cook a few minutes.
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STEP 6

Β  Β  Β Add the fried kofta balls, lower the flame to a very gentle simmer, partially cover, and cook 6 to 8 minutes.

Β  Β  Β Top with the fresh coconut milk and any herbs or fresh onions you may have, serve.
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Β  Β  Β Congratulations, you've finished this relatively simple #plantbased recipe. Adapt the recipe to whatever ingredients are available to you locally. Here in Suriname, besan is sold in most corner stores.

Β  Β  Β This dish is delicious with brown rice, but also awesome with rotis or any other non-fried Indian bread. It's already a heavy dish, so having it with puris or bhaturas might result in a long post-meal nap.

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Β  Β  Β This recipe happens to be a version of a dish we frequenly included in our daily thali at our former Ital restaurant in Cambodia. Replace the cabbage with any leafy green or shredded vegetable you have available. Besan will bond it all, don't worry.

Β  Β  Β Most importantly, eat with loved ones to increase the good vibes and upfulness. Bless up!!

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GUARD THEM WITH YOUR LIFE!!

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I can easily see how something can go wrong in the middle of the cooking process.

Indeed, I've learned the whole family is too short to know what's on top of the refrigerator. !ENGAGE 10

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Considering they might be reading this, you might have to search for a new hiding place πŸ˜…

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These look so good, I love cabbage, at the moment it's all about fermenting for me, but i always have room for kofta's. I had to look up besan, even though I know you use it and I read it before in your recipes, I always have gram flour in y cupboard it is a staple for me and my girls. Thanks for this wonderful recipe xxx
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Thanks for the kind words @trucklife-family. I never know what to call besan. Here in Suriname half of the people call it by the Indian name and the other half know it by the the Dutch name, the latter of which I always forget. !ENGAGE 30

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This makes me swoon and my stomach gurgle even though I already ate. The sauce on top of the already delishes lo

Thanks for the kind words chef. This is one of my go-to soulfood dishes, also the dish I feed non-vegans who say #plantbased foods can't be filling. !ENGAGE 15

I just realized something weird happened with the comment. I meant to say already delicious koftas haha. I was on my way to work and was a little late.

I know some non vegans that would be full and delighted to eat this.

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That looks so fantastic and makes me hungry. Great how you present your recipe. I am looking forward to further postings!

Give thanks @faltermann. We certainly eat well in our household no matter the circumstances. !ENGAGE 15

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Why not, you have a lot of awesome fried foods you could share in the competition? !ENGAGE 10

Yes, I did it already, thank you B.

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Muy bueno! 😊 soy vegetariano sΓ³lo desde hace dos aΓ±os y recetas tan ricas y fΓ‘ciles como estΓ‘s son de gran utilidad. Gracias por compartirlo. Por cierto,me gustΓ³ tu elocuencia y espontaneidad en la explicaciΓ³n jeje. Saludos πŸ™

Thanks for the kind words fellow vegetarian @perkysleen. If you can't find besan where you are, you could grind lentils into a powder and use that powder to make this recipe. !ENGAGE 25

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It's a nice post but you lose points because I really don't want to eat it. Sorry. πŸ˜‚
I'm not great with strange foods. I'm sure it is delicious though.

Thanks for being honest 🀣. Anything deep-fried is pretty safe, even for those that don't like strange foods. Many of my meat-eater friends have told me these are very meatball-esque, but I can't comment on that.

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Right, that's it, I am making this tomorrow!! I have been so uninventive of late - but this has inspired me. I think @lizelle woudl love this one too - it would fit nicely with her bhajis!

You're so right @riverflows, I just looove Cabbage Koftas, made them for the first time recently. I didn't squeeze all the Cabbage juice out so it was quite a messy job and mine weren't neat round balls but they still tasted good. @justinparke's are perfect!

I did see those bhajis, they "inspired" to make some bhaji/mixed veg pakoras for the @KidSisters to take to school today.

Tip, these koftas are more simple than my kofta-inspired veggie burger recipe I shared way back when. You could make some fire koftas by using that veggie burger recipe, but made in kofta balls. It's a more delicious recipe, but I made these simple because a good amount of flavor is in the tomato masala as well. !ENGAGE 15

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A work pal used to spoil me with Cabbage Koftas and then I tried making it earlier this year, tasted good but not as authentic as hers, I just love this dish! Yours looks amazing @justinparke!

There is definitely something very pleasing to meat-eaters about cabbage koftas. It is my go-to dish for people on the fence about eating a #plantbased meal. I have yet to let a meat-eater down with this dish. Cabbage koftas for free from a friend is even better! !ENGAGE 15

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