WV7 ~ Kay’s Cabbage Thayir Saadam

Nandi Vardanam Flower from Backyard
Vratha Pusham ~ Nandi Vardhanam (Crepe Jasmine) from Backyard

Morning:
2 khaman with tomato chutney
A glass of ragi ganji without sweetener

Noon:
A cup of dal (Bok choy with toor dal) in rasam consistency
A cup of leftover chard with chickpeas
A big bowl of hot cilantro soopa
Half apple and half carrot, grated and mixed with homemade yogurt

Evening:
A glass of cold ginger buttermilk

Night:
A cup of Kay’s cabbage thayir saadam. Wonderful recipe and excellent taste. Parents also liked this combination. I had it with four jackfruit chips.
A cup of Bok choy dal
A cup of hot cilantro soopa

Workout:
An hour walk: 4 miles, and an hour pilates – morning
Gardening – evening

In retrospect:
Pleasant day. But miss rice and roti very much.

Kay’s Cabbage Thayir Saadam

“Take a cup of cabbage poriyal, and add a cup of thick yogurt. Mix well. Enjoy it with your choice of pickle or side dish.” Talented Kay wrote in one of her daily food logs. I had to try and it happened today.

Like Kay mentioned, cabbage and yogurt combination make a good substitute for thayir saadam (dadhojanam) and with right texture too. I noticed that the taste improves on refrigeration. Good recipe with cabbage.

Preparation is two step:

Step 1 – Prepare Cabbage Curry: Grate cabbage extremely thin using a mandoline or grater. Grated cabbage mimicks fine rice grain/noodle in shape and texture, so the thinner the cabbage gets, the better it tastes in this recipe.

Heat oil in a skillet. Add and toast cumin, mustard seeds and curry leaves to fragrance. Add presoaked chana dal and finely chopped onions. Saute to crisp. Next goes the grated cabbage. Stir in salt, turmeric and coconut to taste. Cook until cabbage has wilted for few minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the curry to cool.

Step 2 – Add Yogurt: Serve a ladleful of cabbage curry in a bowl. Top it with homemade yogurt. Mix well and adjust salt to taste. Serve right away or refrigerate an hour for super experience.

Cabbage Thayir Saadam with Jackfruit Chips
Cabbage Thayir Saadam with Jackfruit Chips ~ For Meal Today

© Recipe and Photos Copyright 2009 Indira Singari.

9 Comments

  • By DK, July 25, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

    I love cabbage with my yogurt too – this is amazing. My husband makes fun of me eating this way without rice and used to tell me I must be the only weird one in the entire universe!!! ;)

    I just told him I had company! :)

    I find it hard to cut off any food out of my system completely. Even when I do, I get back with vengeance. I have been under detox diet for a while now. Will post about it in my blog soon… :)

    Excellent schedule Indira! Congrats on completing a successful week.

  • By Linda, July 26, 2009 @ 10:17 am

    Hello, dear Indira!

    For the record, I don’t find this monotonous at all! I’ve had a busy week and am not able to comment daily, but I am very much enjoying your journal. Lots of tasty ideas for healthy meals (like the paneer tomato… chard with chickpeas, this yummy cabbage!) beautiful photos of your own garden produce and oh, the flowers! So lovely, all.

    Aside from the inspiration you provide others through your writing, I am certain this journaling process is good for us as individuals — something worthwhile that we can do for ourselves. I too keep a journal (not *half* as healthy!) but I am not so disciplined as to have it neatly in one place :)

    BTW I have been back to rice-less meals for months now. I miss it terribly, too. I have *no* discipline when it comes to rice — I eat my spicy meals over plain cauliflower instead. Can one make bean/lentil adai without rice? That would be *something* like roti-substitute ;)

    Have a wonderful Sunday :)

    PS how is darling kittaya?

  • By trupti, July 26, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

    I am enjoying your food journal! I too, started a health blog over the winter…..your posts are a nice reminder for me to get back to it!

    take care, I will be in touch once the summer is over..I am super BUSY! :(

  • By Cilantro, July 26, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    Congrats on your diet program Indira, only if I had the will power like you did…I would have lost some pounds. This is indeed an inspiration to me. Although I admit I cannot follow your diet, I will atleast feel guilty when eating those extra calorie food.

  • By Lakshmi, July 27, 2009 @ 8:17 am

    Indira, I loved your WV journal. I am doing a carb-less week and atleast 4 day workout this week. I am truly inspired by people like you and Kay.

  • By Uma, July 27, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

    Hey Indira, Good Luck with your vratam. I love your photos and the recent ones of flowers are really original, takes me back to my parents backyard in India.

  • By Sudha, July 27, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

    Hi Indira, I have opened this site after 10 days and I’m speechless. Each entry is superb, especially the pictures. Good luck with your vratham. You inspire me a lot. We call this jaaji ‘Vira Jaaji’. Sanna jaaji are longer than these. You are not missing anything from India, in fact you have lot more than those who live in metros.

  • By Kay, July 27, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

    Dear Indira, Glad you liked it, too!

  • By Swarna Mani, November 4, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

    What a wonderful site!!!

    I have question but not about recipes about your garden and flowers.
    This plant pictured in this post , I have it in my garden it always produces buds but they wither away without opening up. Any tips? Also where did u get your gundu malli plant
    wow!!! Awesome continue the wonderful work.

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