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Cabbage Milagootal – Cabbage Lentil Curry

Palakkad is a city in Kerala. And molagootal is a popular dish among Palakkad Iyers. It is a simple and mild curry made with a wide variety of vegetables such as cabbage, okra, winter melon, chayote, spinach or any of the vegetables of your choice. Today I have made molagootal with cabbage. Try and let me know if you like it. Here you go…


  • Chopped cabbage – 2 cups
  • Toor dal – 3/4 cup
  • a pinch of asafoetida and turmeric powder
  • Shredded coconut (frozen or fresh) – 1/4 cup
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Dry red chilies – 3
  • Salt to taste

For Seasoning:

  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 6 to 7 leaves
  • Dry red chili – 1
  • A pinch of asafoetida

Method of Preparation:

  1. Pressure cook toor dal with 2 cups of water and a pinch of turmeric powder and asafoetida.
  2. Dal should be mashed and keep it aside.
  3. Finely chop cabbage and add it to a cup of boiling water in a sauce pan.
  4. Let the cabbage cook completely till it becomes soft.
  5. Grind coconut, cumin and dry chilies to a coarse paste with a little water.
  6. Mix it with the cooked toor dal and add it to the cooking cabbage.
  7. Mix well and let it come to a boil and turn off the stove and transfer it to the serving bowl.
  8. Over medium heat, in a small pan or a seasoning pan, add a tsp of oil and add mustard seeds.
  9. Once they splutter, add urad dal, dry chili, curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida.
  10. Once the dal becomes golden brown, remove from heat add it to the molagootal.


  1. Woww.. looks absolutely delicious.. love it 🙂
    Indian Cuisine

  2. Looks so flavourful n tempting, apt with rice

  3. Lovely colours Gayathri. We make cabbage molagootal as a staple in ou r homes more so as it removes the aroma of cooked cabbage which many people dont like. Simple preparation packed with flavours.


  4. I have 1/4th of cabbage in the fridge and was wondering what to make wih it. now i will make this dal. looks very tasty.

  5. Spicy and tasty, just like the name of your blog. Great recipe!

  6. Super flavorful and aromatic dish..want to give a try…
    Krithi’s Kitchen

  7. my hubby can survive on molagootal n rice daily- this looks yum !

  8. The curry looks superb !!! Hey, you ready to post the announcement for VFAM?

  9. Thank you all.

  10. Delicious and healthy!!! Great recipe!

  11. Thanks Kristi.