Holistic Health Blog
Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum

Turmeric and Coconut-Braised Cabbage with Chick Peas

Turmeric and Coconut-Braised Cabbage with Chick Peas (4 servings)

(from November 29, 2020 @ www.insider.com/vegan-meal-plan)

Ingredients

½ medium head of green cabbage (about 2#)

2 medium shallots (about 4 oz)

1 x 1″ piece ginger

2 garlic cloves

1 green chile

3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp salt

1 x 13.5-oz can unsweetened coconut milk

1 x 15.5-oz can chickpeas

1 tsp brown mustard seeds

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp turmeric powder

½ cup vegetable stock or water

Freshly ground black pepper
Steamed white rice, cilantro leaves, and lime wedges (for serving)

Steps

1.

To start, prep your ingredients: Slice ½ medium head of green cabbage (about 2 lb.) through core to make 4 wedges. Peel and finely chop 2 medium shallots (about 4 oz.). Peel one 1″ piece ginger with a spoon and finely chop. Using the side of your knife, crush 2 garlic cloves, remove and discard papery skins, and finely chop. Halve 1 green chile lengthwise and, if you don’t want it too hot, scrape out seeds and white membrane with the back of the knife; discard. If you prefer some heat, leave as is. Finely chop chile. Set shallots, ginger, garlic, and chile aside.

2.

Heat 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil in a large high-sided skillet with lid or wide Dutch oven over medium-high. Add cabbage, cut side down, and season with salt. Cook, undisturbed, until lightly charred underneath, about 5 minutes. Turn over and cook, undisturbed, until charred, about 5 minutes. Transfer cabbage to a plate.

3.

Shake one 13.5-oz can unsweetened coconut milk to ensure it’s well mixed; open can. Open one 15.5-oz can chickpeas and rinse in a colander under running water.

4.

Heat remaining 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil in same skillet over medium-high. Add reserved shallots, ginger, garlic, and chile, and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 1 tsp. brown mustard seeds1 tsp. ground cumin, and 1 tsp turmeric powder and cook, stirring, until mustard seeds are popping, about 1 minute.

5.

Add coconut milk, chickpeas, ½ cup vegetable stock or water, and 1 tsp salt. Stir to combine.

6.

Place cabbage wedges back into pan and, using a large spoon, baste cabbage with coconut milk; bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until cabbage is tender, 15–20 minutes. Taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

7.

Scoop some steamed white rice into each bowl and divide cabbage and chickpeas over; top with cilantro leaves. Serve with lime wedges, for squeezing over. Enjoy!

Turmeric is an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb/food for health. Chick peas are a great source of protein.

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