Cabbage Pitla

Pitla is a type of sambhar. I posted a recipe for Brinjal Pitla on my blog earlier. I have made cabbage pitla in a similar way, using grated cabbage instead of brinjal. I have also followed a simpler way of making the pitla, by using sambhar powder while making the pitla masala. The pitla came out good and it goes well with rice and hot dosas  🙂



Serves: 4


  • 1/4 cup grated cabbage
  • Tamarind extract-1 tsp or tamarind water extracted from lemon sized tamarind
  • Tomato-1
  • 1 cup Tuvar dal boiled
  • 1/4 cup black chana to enhance the taste
  • Coconut 1/4 grated
  • To grind into a fine paste:
    • 4 tsp black gram dal (Urad dal)
    • 2 tbsp sambhar powder
    • Asafoetida a piece
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • A few curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • For tempering:
    • Mustard seeds
    • A few curry leaves
    • 1 tsp fried coconut
  • Oil for frying and salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing


To make the paste

  • Heat oil and fry coconut to a golden colour.  Keep aside.
  • Dry roast the urad
    dal, pepper, curry leaves and asafoetida and keep aside
  • Boil 1 tomato and puree it in a blender
  • Grind all of the above into a fine paste along with sambhar powder, adding a little water if needed. The tomato puree will give a really nice color and texture to the pitla

Pitla Preparation

  • Grate 1/4 cup cabbage and keep aside
  • Cook the black channa in a pressure cooker. Keep aside
  • Heat tamarind water and add the cabbage. Add salt and turmeric powder
  • When the cabbage is cooked and soft, add the ground paste.
  • When the smell of raw pepper disappears and the mixture starts bubbling, add boiled dal and black chana. Add enough water and boil for a few minutes.

For the tempering

  • Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add curry leaves and a tsp of grated coconut and fry till golden colour
  • Add this to the Cabbage Pitla
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves

Enjoy the pitla with rice or dosa 🙂


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