Quick Cabbage Shaak (Cabbage Sabzi)

Cabbage shaak or cabbage sabzi is ready in under 30 minutes. Add potatoes to make cabbage bateta nu shaak or peas for cabbage peas shaak.
Cabbage shaak in a blue bowl with cilantro garnish.

Cabbage shaak or cabbage sabzi is an easy-to-make and delicious dish.  It can be made with cauliflower and either potatoes or peas.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free

Cabbage shaak is a quick healthy, and delicious dish. It is one of those dishes that was made regularly at home growing up. Served with some fresh, hot rotli or puri, basmati rice, or jeera rice, and you are set! It is an easy to make meal. I use fresh cabbage and potatoes or replace the potatoes with frozen green peas to make cabbage peas shaak. 

Indian basmati rice on a blue plate with a steel serving spoon.

What is it?

Shaak is the Gujarati word for a vegetable spiced dish.  So cabbage nu shaak is simply a spiced dish made of peas and cauliflower.  In Gujarati peas are vatana and cauliflower is called flower. If you are looking for other shaaks, I have another favorite up – bhinda nu shaak (okra).

Sabzi is who you say shaak in Hindi. So, you may hear it referred to as cabbage sabzi or cabbage sabji.

Easy weeknight meal

There is a reason we used to eat it often for dinner growing up, it is easy to make! As a result, it can def be mixed into your meal rotation. It is a staple amongst many Indian households.

Making this dish is a simple process. If you cook Indian dishes often you should have the key spices handy and you are set.  In case you aren’t familiar with Indian spices, see this guide to Indian spices.

Ingredients

You only need a few basic ingredients plus commonly used Indian spices.

Cabbage shaak ingredients.

Cabbage – chopped

Potatoes – Washed and chopped (optionally peel potatoes)

Crushed tomatoes – The concentrated taste of crushed tomatoes tastes yummy and is more convenient.  Feel free to use fresh tomatoes.

Indian spices: mustard seeds, turmeric, red chili powder, cumin-coriander powder, asafetida (hing), and sugar.

That’s all you need!

You can also use cumin powder and coriander powder separately if you don’t use them as a spice blend (common in Gujarati households).

Making the cabbage shaak

  1. Prep veggies
  2. Cook spices with veggies
  3. Check to ensure it is done (if the knife slices through cauliflower easily it is cooked through)

How do you know the shaak is ready?

It usually takes about 12-15 minutes to cook through.  When you can easily cut the potato with a knife you will know it is ready!

Steaming bowl of cabbage potatoes shaak.

To make in an Instant Pot:

SAUTE Mode:
  • Add oil and jeera.  Once jeera (cumin) sizzles add in hing.
  • Then, add potatoes and cabbage to the pot.  Top with remaining spices and mix.
  • Close lid
Cook on HIGH for 4 minutes and do quick release. Serve!
Cabbage shaak in a blue bowl with cilantro garnish.

Cabbage Shaak or Cabbage Sabzi

Shilpa Joshi
Cabbage shaak or cabbage sabzi is ready in under 30 minutes. Add potatoes to make cabbage bateta nu shaak or peas for cabbage peas shaak.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 129 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 pan

Ingredients
  

  • 5 cups cabbage chopped, 290g
  • 1-2 small potatoes chopped, 290g
  • ¼ cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp red chili powder lal mirch
  • 1 tsp dhana jeeru powder cumin coriander powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2-3 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp asafetida (hing) skip to make it gluten-free

Instructions
 

  • Add oil to pan and turn gas on to medium-high heat. Once oil is heated add mustard seeds. After they stop popping, add asafetida.
    Heated oil in a pan with mustard seeds.
  • Add chopped potatoes to the pan.
    Potatoes added to pan.
  • Add chopped cabbage to the pan.
    Chopped cabbage added to pan.
  • Add all spices except sugar.
    Spices addes to cabbage and potatoes.
  • Mix well, lower gas to low-medium and cover to cook.
    Cabbage and potatoes mixed with spices.
  • Cook about 10-12 minutes (stirring and checking in between to make sure it does not burn) until potatoes are fork tender and cooked.
    Cooked cabbage sabzi.
  • Add crushed tomatoes and sugar and mix well. Let cook further 3 minutes.
    Crushed tomatoes added to cabbage shaak in pan.
  • Optionally top sabzi with chopped cilantro and serve.
    Cabbage shaak in a blue bowl with cilantro garnish.

Notes

How do you know the shaak is ready?

It usually takes about 12-15 minutes to cook through.  When you can easily cut the potato with a knife you will know it is ready!

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.03gSodium: 628mgPotassium: 391mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 267IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 1mg
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