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Sri Lankan Cabbage – recipe

Sri Lankan Cabbage – recipe

This savory recipe will convert even the most confirmed non-cabbage-eaters. It comes to us from Joan Dye Gussow, a courageous and inspiring pioneer in living a local and organic foods lifestyle. She admits that she was not a cabbage fan until she tasted this “amazingly tasty” dish, learned from a Sri Lankan scholar attending a January meeting in Norway. She affirms that this recipe warms up even a Norwegian winter!


2 or more onions, thinly sliced
1 to 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 teaspoon turmeric
several whole cardamom pods
several whole cloves
2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 head cabbage, thinly sliced
salt to taste

1. Saute onions in butter or olive oil with garlic and spices until onions are soft, around 8 minutes.

2. Add cabbage and stir-fry until tender. Add salt to taste and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

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Adapted from This Organic Life by Joan Dye Gussow (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2001). Copyright (c) by Joan Dye Gussow, 2001. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green Publishing.
Adapted from This Organic Life by Joan Dye Gussow (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2001).

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7:27AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Thanks for the recipe Annie

9:17AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012


8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Sounds wonderful, will certainly give this one a try. Cabbage, especially red cabbage is tasty.

10:37AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Sounds wonderful. Thanks for posting the recipe Annie.

4:50AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:34AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

If I have time, I'll try out this recipe. :-)

6:34AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Can I use powdered cardamom?

9:49AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Thank you

7:36PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Yummy! Love this healthy recipe. Thanks for posting.

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