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Healthy Cabbage Recipe with Steamed Rice

Updated on January 13, 2014

Hello, this is living with pulmonary hypertension since 2004 and I am making today cabbage and steamed rice. Do you know that cabbage is the most underrated vegetables worldwide? I think it is going to change pretty soon due to its enormous health benefits and low calorie properties. I see that more and more people are starting to include this leafy green vegetable in their dishes or salad. It is now even popular among celebrities who would embark on the cabbage soup diet to lose a few pounds before a big Oscar night. Here I am going to show you how I control my family’s weight by healthy cooking. I cook cabbage almost every week. This is my mission now to provide good healthy food to my family and hoping you do the same for your precious family.

Cabbage | Source
Chopped Cabbage
Chopped Cabbage | Source


  • 1 cabbage, slice into fine long pieces (discard the stalk and thick stems)
  • 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seed ( Methi Seed)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric (haldi)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (dried lal mirch)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 onion, chopped in fine pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (hari dhania)
  • 2 clove of garlic, cut in pieces


  • In a saucepan, add 2 spoons of oil and Heat the oil on medium high.
  • To see if the oil is ready add few cumin seed to the oil, if seed cracks right away oil is ready.
  • Add all the ingredients like asafoetida, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds, once seeds starts cracking add onion, garlic and green chilies, stir for a few seconds.

  • When it turns in to brown color add cut potatoes. Stir and cover the lid.

  • Add cut tomatoes and all the spices turmeric, garam masala, cayenne pepper and salt, mix well and cover the lid for 3-4 minutes.

  • Now add the cabbage, Mix well
  • Cover the pan and let it cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes until the cabbage is tender. Occasionally stir it. Turn the heat off when done.

When you add cabbage
When you add cabbage | Source
  • Next add the lemon (optional) and cilantro.

Plate with cabbage and rice.
Plate with cabbage and rice. | Source

Do you know that nearly all vegetables and fruits are low in fat. The exceptions are avocados, olives and coconut.


How to select a good cabbage:Look for a head that is heavy for its size with crisp, firmly packed leaves.

How to store cabbage: Wrapped in plastic bag in the refrigerator for a week.

How to chop cabbage: Cut a whole cabbage (red or green) into quarters, then slice off the core in the middle. Chop or shred as needed for your recipe, then rinse in a colander.

National Value per 100 g(3.5 oz)

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Cabbage Raw  
3.2 g
Dietary Fiber
2.5 g
.01 g
1.28 g
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
0.061 mg
Riboflavin( Vitamin B2)
0.234 mg
Vitamin B6
0.124 mg
53 micro g
Vitamin C
36.6 mg
Vitaamin K
76 micro gram
40 mg
0.47 mg
12 mg
26 mg
26 mg
.018 mg
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Health benefit of Cabbage

  • Cabbage is low in calories, making it a great vegetable for people who are on low calorie diet.
  • Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C which is important to the health of skin, hair and the immune system.
  • Cabbage contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin E. And do you know that deficiency of vitamin A can result in serious illnesses.
  • Cabbage also has large amounts of glutamine, an amino acid with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Cabbage is a source of indole-3-carbinol,a chemical, help to boost DNA repair in cells and to block the growth of cancer cells.
  • Indole-3-carbinol is also used as an adjuvant therapy for recurrent respiratory papillomatosis,a disease of the head and neck caused by human. papillomavirus that causes growths in the airway that can lead to death.
  • Cabbage leaves are used to treat acute inflammation.
  • A paste of raw cabbage may be placed in a cabbage leaf and wrapped around the affected area to reduce discomfort. Some claim it is effective in relieving painfully engorged breasts in breastfeeding women.
  • Scientist claim that fresh cabbage juice is helpful in rapid healing of peptic ulcers.


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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Redberry Sky, Thank you for taking the time and commenting. I am glad you like the cabbage recipe.

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      I love cabbage (and like you say, it's a really healthy vegetable!). I've been looking for a while for a nice spicy interesting way to serve it, and this recipe looks delicious. I think this might well be on the menu for tonight's tea :)

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by and comments.

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      itakins 5 years ago from Irl

      Brilliant recipe,you make this dull old veg interesting - fabulous hub.Thank you.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by and comments,shutterspeed. I really appreciate it.

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      shutterspeed 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great detail.. nice hub!

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for dropping by and nice comments,lucybell21. Good to know that you are a fan of cabbage too.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for stopping by and nice comments,ExoticHippieQueen.

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Great recipe. I will have to try it soon. I am a fan of cabbage.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

      I love cabbage. I think I could make this except for one ingredient that I don't recognize. It looks delicious. And, of course, it's so healthy. Thank you for this great hub, and welcome to Hubpages!

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you so much for dropping by and nice comments,Natashalh.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by and letting me know about my errors, Lilleyth. I really appreciate it.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I will definetly check this recipe out in person as so on as I have the time to make it! I love Indian style food.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      This is a nice hub, but check your spelling.