Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cabbage Stir Fry with Eggs - for Wraps and Rolls

What do you all think about New York City mayor Bloomberg's proposal to ban the sale of soda cans that are more than 16oz? It is a step in the right direction methinks.

While libertarian and less government types will jump up and down and claim this is another example of government overreach. Well nobody likes regulations of any kind but with our runaway portion sizes and lack of personal responsibility with anything related to food and especially junk food and the ever increasing astronomical health care costs what else is the answer?

Food companies are not capable of policing themselves neither do they care about the health of the population they serve. They are far more interested in profits and pleasing Wall Street to keep their stock prices high. The more cheap sugar and salt they can push into their unhealthy products and the less you know about them the better it is for them. Sky rocketing obesity rates, childhood diabetes and health care costs are all not their problems.

Heck they do not pay any taxes so just consider for a minute who is footing the bill to pay for the treatment of people with diseases that are food related and who are not able to afford health insurance?

We all know how hard it is to control portion size. I am sure every one of has tried and failed at some time or other. God knows I have a lot of times. More than any extreme diet or exercise portion control is what keeps you on a healthy weight curve. We all know of instances when we have run through a full bag of chips/cookies, tubs of ice creams without realizing how much has been consumed. Isn't it better that these things are not available in sizes that are vastly disproportionate to what is deemed enough?

The thing about Capitalism that I don't understand is, a private enterprise(by which I mean anything other than the government) is free to do anything even criminal activity to increase profits but the government is not allowed to regulate through law/tax to protect the health of it's citizens?

If you have reached this far I bet you are interested in the recipe. This is one of those quick and nothing special kind of recipes but one that will surprise you when eaten in a combination that is different from the way it is usually done. I prepare this stir fry often to pair with rice and sambhar/curry, adding egg was introduced by my MIL. I don't add the egg every single time though.

Last night I paired the stir fry with chapatis in a roll and it was like they were made for each other. Give it a try and you will know. I would think it can be used in a filling for a sub, roll or any Indian bread. You can have a dipping sauce on the side but that is purely optional. Nothing fancy the dipping sauce can be some yogurt whisked with any Indian pickle or chili sauce.

Cabbage Stir Fry with Eggs
1. 1 small cabbage thinly shredded (about 3 cups)
2. 6-8 green chilies chopped into small rounds and remove the excess seeds that drop out (adjust to taste)
3. 1/4 cup of chopped red onions
4. 1/2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
5. 1 tbsp of split urad dal
6. seasonings : cumin seeds
7. 2 eggs
8. salt to taste
9. 2 tsp of oil

1. In a wide mouthed saute pan heat the oil and add the urad dal and when it starts to brown add the cumin seeds, followed by the green chilies and onions. Saute till the onions are nicely cooked and so are the green chilies (see note). Add the grated ginger and cook for a couple more minutes.
2. Add the shredded cabbage and let it cook till it gets soft (takes about 10-15 minutes). Always use medium heat so the cabbage does not dry out. I like the cabbages soft, if you like it a bit crunchier reduce the cooking time. Half way through add the salt and let cook till it is completely cooked.
3. Crack open the eggs into a bowl and whisk it. Now make a well in the saute pan and add the eggs and let it cook for a few minutes.
4. Now mix the egg with the rest of the cabbage and let the egg cook completely. The cabbage should be coated with the eggs.
5. Place a couple of table spoons of the cabbage stir fry on a chapati, drip a few drops of pickle and roll the chapati.

1. As the cabbage stir fry is going into a wrap it is going to be hard to pick out the chilies so cook them as crisp and as well as possible.


  1. Simple but yet tasty dish.I do almost the same way too.

  2. I love cabbage stir fires, but Hans and Shyama don't like cabbage at all atleast the white ones. Wish i had this.

  3. my MIL makes it like this, I can never get it to taste the same. Love the idea of cabbage and eggs in a roll Indo, will try it soon.

  4. Not only soda, they should cut down on sizes of everything. My parents are always amazed at the amount of ice-cream served in a regular sized cup. These days I order "Kids Cup" for the whole family at the ice cream place or share a regular cup. But honestly 10 years back, new to this country, I was very taken with this whole "bang for the buck" sizes ;-)

    Cabbage with eggs is neat idea.

    1. I so agree, The creamy and not so fatty Indian ice creams in those tiny cups (I am talking about when we were kids) are much more tastier than these super creamy fatty ice creams we get here in the US.

      All I can remember when I first got here when we went out for ice creams it just did not seem like something we ate after dinner but dinner itself. No wonder this country struggles with obesity!


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