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turmeric cabbage stew on a plate with fork and spoon

Turmeric Cabbage

Turmeric cabbage stew, a spicy and simple vegan/vegetarian meal or a wonderful side dish for many other dishes.
Course Vegan Recipes
Cuisine Indian
Diet Vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 118kcal
Author Adina


  • 750 g/ 1.7 lb white or green cabbage
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large tomato
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ – 1 teaspoon dried chili flakes more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoon honey divided
  • 125 ml/ 1/8 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ - 1 tablespoon cider vinegar to taste


  • Core the cabbage and slice it thinly. Slice the carrot rather finely as well. Chop the onion and the garlic finely.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan or Dutch oven. Add the chopped onion and garlic and cook shortly until translucent. Add the cabbage and the carrot and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes until it begins to soften.
  • In the meantime chop the tomato into fine cubes. Add the tomato, coriander, cumin, chili flakes, turmeric, ginger, pepper tomato paste, and 1 teaspoon of honey to the pot. Stir well to coat the cabbage with the spices and let cook, stirring, for 3 or 4 minutes.
  • Add water and salt, cover the pan, turn down the heat and simmer the stew for about 30-35 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked to your liking, I prefer it rather soft but not mushy.
  • Add half of the cider vinegar, stir well again, and taste. If necessary add the remaining vinegar, honey, some black pepper, and a bit more salt.
  • Serve immediately or reheat again later.



Alternatively, use 1 tablespoon turmeric paste for golden milk.


Serving: 1/4 of the dish | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 558mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g