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Mustard Greens-Cabbage Kootu

| March 13, 2013 Comment

mustard-greens-cabbage kootu

Make this Mustard Greens-Cabbage Kootu if you want to include some healthy green in your diet. This vegetarian/vegan lentil soup with yellow lentils is a healthy and easy recipe.

Mustard greens, like collard and kale, help lower cholesterol. They contain glucosinolates, which are phytonutrients that protect against cancer.

Servings: 4
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 3/4 cups chana dal (split bengal gram/yellow lentils)
  • 1 cup cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup mustard greens, chopped fine
  • 1 cup potatoes, cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

For Masala

  • 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp chana dal (yellow lentils)
  • 2 tsp toor dal (spli red gram/lentil)
  • 3 tsp dhania (coriander seeds)
  • 5-6 red chillies
  • Asafoetida powder (hing), a pinch

For Seasoning

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds


  1. Cook the dal in the pressure cooker with 2 cups of water and turmeric powder for 3-4 whistles.
  2. In a saucepan, add the cabbage, mustard greens, and potatoes with 2 cups water, salt and turmeric powder, and cook on medium heat until tender.
  3. For the kootu masala, add the oil in a small pan, and saute the toor dal, chana dal, coriander seeds, and red chillies until golden. Remove and let cool. Grind into a coarse powder in a small coffee grinder.
  4. Add this kootu masala to the veggies and cook on medium heat until the raw flavor is gone.
  5. Mash the chana dal and add to the veggies. Adjust the salt as needed. Remove from heat.
  6. Heat 1 tsp oil in a small pan, and add the mustard seeds. When they start popping add them to the mustard greens-cabbage kootu.
  7. Place the kootu back on the heat and let it come to a boil and remove from heat.
  8. Serve the mustard greens-cabbage kootu with rice.

Category: Dals and Soups, Dals and Soups - No-Onion No-Garlic, Vegan Dals and Soups

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