Thursday, September 10, 2009

What To Do With Those Little Bags Of Shredded Cabbage They Sell At The Market

We've all seen those little bags of pre-shredded cabbage at the market. They're sold as coleslaw, usually with a little packet of dressing included. I must admit that yes, I've purchased these. I toss out the dressing and make my own coleslaw with it. It just saves me the time and trouble of shredding a whole head of cabbage.
I'm so used to seeing these bags I thought there's nothing else that can be done with them..they're coleslaw right? Wrong. I'd found a recipe that looked interesting. Punjabi cabbage, I didn't feel like shredding all that cabbage on a hot Sonoma afternoon and so the little bag of coleslaw stuff.
This dish is very easy to make, spicy, and flavorful it actually could serve as a sort of coleslaw for any number of meals, not necessarily Indian.
Here's what I did with it.
1.) 1/2 an onion copped
2.) 1 shallot, chopped
3.) A 1 inch piece of peeled ginger
4.) 2 serrano chilis , take out the seeds and chop the chilis roughly
Put all of this in a food processor or chopper and chop it finely. You can also just do this with a knife. Don't turn it into a paste.
Set this aside

In an Indian Karahi, wok or deep skillet, heat about 3 Tbs of oil.
5.) When the oil is hot toss in the mixture you just chopped. Cook it down until it's soft but not browned.

6.) Toss in 1 tsp. of cumin seeds
7.) 1 tsp. of turmeric
Stir that around for a minute then put in your shredded cabbage. Here is where I used one bag of that pre-shredded coleslaw stuff.
8.) Stir that up till the leaves are all coated with the turmeric mixture.
Now toss in
9.) 1 tsp of salt
10.) 1/2 tsp of black pepper
11.) 2 tsp. of ground cumin
12.) 1 tsp. of ground coriander
13.) 1/4 tsp of kashmiri chili (if you don't have any mix up 1/8 tsp of cayenne with 1/8 tsp of paprika)
Coat your cabbage with these spices stirring then partially cover the pot and cook it up for about 10 minutes. Give it a stir every now and then, make sure it doesn't burn. You can add a Tbs of water or two to keep it from sticking.
14.) When it's all softened and cooked, add 1 Tbs of butter, salt to taste and serve.
As I said earlier, this is a really cool way to deal with all those bags of coleslaw cabbage you might run across and a great tasty and fast alternative to the same old same old. As Mikey used to say, "Try it, you'll like it"

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