steamed cabbage recipe

Steamed cabbage recipe

By Swasthi on August 8, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Steamed cabbage recipe – Simple, healthy and quick recipe to make spiced steamed cabbage. This easy dish makes for a great side in any meal. Simply serve it on the side to perk up your vegetable intake and the nutrition of your meal. Steaming is one of the healthiest cooking methods to preserve nutrients in vegetables. During steam cooking since the vegetables won’t be in contact with water, the chances of the nutrients being retained is higher as they won’t leach to the water.

steamed cabbage recipe

This steamed cabbage recipe is from my mom and this was the most common way we would eat cabbage at home. So this is made much in the Indian style but with only a few spices to add some flavour. To make it more spicy or hot, you may up the quantity of spices.

Serve this steamed cabbage with rice, roti or bread. This goes well even in the lunch box and can also be used to make roti rolls or sandwiches. To make this, apart from cabbage I have not used any other veggies, not even onions. But steamed potatoes, peas, carrot or sweet potatoes too go well in this.

How to make steamed cabbage

1. Wash and shred or chop cabbage as desired. Drain the water completely. Add it to a steam basket. Sprinkle some salt and turmeric. Lightly mix it. Spread evenly in the basket. Steam in a pressure cooker (without whistle) or in a steamer until tender. It takes around 5 to 7 minutes.

steaming cabbage for curry

2. Heat a kadai or pan with oil. Crackle mustard and cumin. Then add red chilli and hing. My mom also adds a pinch of urad dal (skinned black lentils) for a nutty flavor.

tempering mustard cumin for steamed cabbage curry

3. Add curry leaves.

frying curry leaves for steamed cabbage curry

4. Keep the flame to very low. When the leaves turn crisp, saute ginger garlic until the raw smell goes off.

frying ginger garlic for cabbage recipe

5. Add red chili powder and garam masala. Taste the steamed cabbage and check the salt. If needed add it to the oil now.

Add red chili powder

6. Add steamed cabbage.

Add steamed cabbage

7. Stir and saute on a medium heat for 2 mins. Switch off the stove. It can also be sauteed further to make it more tasty.

frying steamed cabbage for curry

Serve steamed cabbage curry with rice or roti.

steamed cabbage

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steamed cabbage

Steamed cabbage

Simple, healthy and flavorful steamed cabbage recipe. It is mildly spiced and goes well as a side in a meal.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 250 grams cabbage or about 3 cups chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil or as needed
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 red chili broken or green chili
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 pinch asafetida – hing
  • ¾ tsp ginger or garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt or as needed
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¾ tsp red chilli powder or slit green chilli
  • ¾ tsp garam masala or curry powder as needed.


  • Place chopped or shredded cabbage in a steamer basket. Sprinkle salt and turmeric. Toss it well.
  • Steam in a steamer or pressure cooker (without whistle) until tender for 5 to 7 mins.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard and cumin, when they splutter add red chilies, asafoetida/hing and curry leaves.
  • Lower the flame. Saute ginger garlic until the raw smell disappears.
  • Add red chili powder and garam masala. Add more salt to oil if needed. Stir and add the steamed cabbage.
  • Saute well for 2 mins. It can be cooked further as well if you like very soft cabbage.
  • Serve steamed cabbage as a side with rice or chapati.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Steamed cabbage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 37mg2%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 65.4mg79%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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How much hing?

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Hi Swasthi,

I just wanted to compliment you and say thank you for this recipe.
It couldn´t be simpler, but it couldn´t be tastier either.

Even though I cook a lot of recipes from your website and have never been disappointed so far, I don´t usually comment. But since only one person has commented five years ago, I wanted to make an exception.

Very tasty! Cabbage, few spices, good rice, it can be that simple. Since we are harvesting a lot of cabbage atm, I make this quite often and like to try different masala with this, since there is nothing to mask the taste.

Greetings from Germany


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Dear Swasthi,

I think you forgot, by accident, to note down the amount of red chilis en curry leaves when adding the recipe to this site. I saw them on the pics. Made this with chili and curry leaves and it was good! Thank you.