28 October 2015

Purple cabbage thoran recipe Kerala style|Red cabbage recipe


I love presents and what I love the most about it is to unwrap it .Then there are some vegetables which you can also unwrap,for example,Cabbage .When I was little I used to wonder,what exactly is inside this vegetable cabbage .I remember once,removing layer by layer thinking there will be a hidden fruit inside and by the time I was done ,I saw my mom standing beside me with a stick .As usual ran for my life ,hid behind my dad . (Mom believed in ,"Spare the rod,spoil the child." and dad believed in ,"Spare the child and spoil the rod!")

Doesn't it look like a brain !

Though I am not a big fan of cabbage ,I love that it is one of the vegetable that is easy to cook and cooks fast .However,looks like the vegetable kingdom is trying to lure me ,that is ,after coming to US,I saw cabbage that got a purple or red makeover .And I love colors . Now,that is one thing that fascinates me and then it is also something my better 1/2 loves it and then there are other reasons too like -


  1. Cabbage is considered Russia’s national food.
  2. Red cabbage is more healthier than the green ones as they contain more phytonutrients .A steamed cabbage is more healthier than the raw ones and helps in lowering the cholesterol level.
  3. According to the preventdisease.com,the vitamin C equivalent, a measure of antioxidant capacity, of purple cabbage is also six to eight times higher than that of green cabbage.
    • It is full of vitamin K and anthocyanins that helps with mental function and concentration. These nutrients also prevents nerve damage, therefore prevents Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson disease and  dementia. (OH,I certainly should eat then..for my foggy brain's sake atleast !)
    • A Study on women showed a reduction in breast cancer when cruciferous vegetables like cabbage were added to their diet.
  4. According to the fullcircle.com,Cabbage is a natural source of electrolytes and minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, iron and magnesium, which can help control heart rate , blood pressure and diabetes.It is full of fibers which aids in weight loss.
  5. According to the care.com,a warm compress made with cabbage leaves can help relieve headache. Crush cabbage leaves, place in a cloth, and apply on the forehead. Also, drink raw cabbage juice 1-2 oz. (25-50ml) daily for chronic headaches. 
  6. Since Roman times,hangovers from heavy drinking was reduced by using cabbage.
  7. They also help in reducing premature aging.(I am so on it !!)
 However,there is a downside to it,it may interfere with the absorption of iodine ,needed for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland and so people with thyroid problems should avoid eating a lot.

 I guess,I got what I was always searching for in a cabbage,it was indeed hidden ..but not any more..I think, I should really eat them a lot ,it will certainly be an edible gift/present to my body which my health will thank me for!
So,here is one recipe,a Kerala style Cabbage thoran ,a side dish made with coconut and mild spices .It goes really good with boiled rice and any curry or you can have it anyway you wish.
So,this is how I make a purple cabbage thoran Kerala style...
As always,since the ingredients and method is already in the video,I feel lazy to write it down here again....
So,pls see my quicky video that will show you what you need to make this Kerala style thoran and how to make it.

 Look at that cabbage ,it looks more like a brain-y vegetable than any present.May be this is what I was missing to make my brain more sharp and working ;P !!hmmmm....Point noted !!
Eat,love,live DELICIOUSLY,