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Spicy Easy Cabbage Stir-fry

Spicy Cabbage Stir-fry
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Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 10 min Total Time: 15 mins
Servings 4

Try this very easy and quick spicy cabbage stir-fry recipe for a quick lunch or dinner. You can make it vegan too. It has a lovely umami flavor and a crunchy-soft texture. Very beginner-friendly and can be done within 15 mins.

  • 4 cups Cabbage sliced and then cut into 1 - 1.5 inches.
  • 1 cup Onion sliced and cut into half
  • 5 cloves of Garlic chopped
  • 3 Green chilies split into 2 - 4 pieces
  • 2 pieces of Cinnamon (roughly 2 inches long)
  • 2 sprigs of Curry leaves
  • 1 Pandan leaf broken into pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon Chili flakes (adjust to your spice level)
  • 1 tablespoon Maldive fish flakes (vegans/vegetarians can skip this ingredient)
  • 1 teaspoon Regular/light soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon White vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • salt to your taste
  1. Heat coconut oil in a pan. Make sure you use a large frypan or a wok (read the recipe description to find out why). Add 2 pieces of cinnamon. Leave a few seconds until becomes aromatic.

  2. And then add curry leaves, pandan leaves, and garlic. Saute until garlic starts to turn golden around the edges. Do not wait until they become brown or burn. 

  3. Then add sliced onion and split green chilies. (if you don't like spice, reduce the number of green chilies you use.) saute until onions become sweaty. 

  4. Now add the rest of the spices along with Maldive fish flakes and some salt. Mix with onions. Adjust the amount of chili flakes according to your level of heat tolerance.

  5. Add sliced cabbage and keep flipping and mixing continuously. So the steam can escape quickly without making cabbage soggy and it makes everything cook fairly evenly.

  6. When the cabbage starts to turn tender, add white vinegar and soy sauce and cook for about another minute. Taste and adjust salt to your taste. Turn off the heat. Serve immediately or transfer to a different plate to stop overcooking.

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