Cabbage Koftas ~ Helping Hands for Hurricane Sandy #SundaySupper

Hurricane Sandy destroyed so many people’s homes, towns and communities and many are still facing difficulties.Although we didn’t suffer any damage to our property, there were power outages in our area for 4 -5 days.But for those who’ve lost their homes, their lives were torn apart in a span of a few hours.We’ve decided to help out the victims of Hurricane Sandy by offering them comforting meals to make them feel better and also providing you with relevant links to donate to the cause and make a difference in the lives of those affected by it.This event is hosted by our very own Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake!

If you want to make a donation,these are a few of the organisations that we recommend:

I’m making these comforting Cabbage Koftas (dumplings) in a tomato gravy.It can be made ahead and frozen or refrigerated to be heated before its served.I’ve also added some dried sweetened cranberries( instead of raisins to give it a Holiday feel) and cashews to the cabbage balls that give it a lovely sweet and nutty flavor.This dish is a very popular North Indian dish and its made in many different ways using lots of different vegetables (like spinach, zucchini) or meats.It goes very well with Naans, Rotis or even Rice.

The process begins by shredding the cabbage.In my case I just got the shredded cabbage from Trader Joe’s which made the process a lot easier.You then add the spices and gram flour (besan) which also acts as a binder.The trick is to fry these balls immediately after you’ve added salt and the spices otherwise cabbage tends to release a lot of water which then makes it difficult to fry.Once the balls are fried until golden, you can start the gravy.The gravy is a traditional North Indian curry base for making almost any curry using vegetables or meat.The balls are slowly simmered in the gravy,just before you serve the dish.A succulent rich Indian Cabbage Kofta that’s comforting in any situation.

Cabbage Koftas ~ Helping Hands for Hurricane Sandy #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


Delicious Indian Spiced Cabbage Balls/Dumplings simmered in a Tomato Gravy!


    For the Koftas
  • Cabbage Shredded-2 cups
  • Gram Flour (Besan)-3/4 cup
  • Crushed Ginger-1 tsp
  • Dried Sweetened Cranberries-1 cup
  • Cashews chopped-1/2 cup
  • Ground Coriander-1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds- 1tsp
  • Salt-1 tsp
  • Oil-to deep fry
  • For the Gravy
  • Onion Medium-1 finely chopped
  • Crushed Ginger-1 tsp
  • Crushed Garlic-1 tsp
  • Medium Tomatoes-3 (pureed)
  • Ground Cumin-1 tsp
  • Ground Coriander-1 tsp
  • Garam Masala-1 tsp
  • Turmeric-1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder-1/2 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Sugar-1 tsp
  • water-1 1/2 cups
  • Oil 2-3 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves- for garnish


  1. In a deep fry pan heat oil on medium.
  2. In a microwave safe dish soften the shredded cabbage for about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Mix all Kofta Ingredients and roll into small balls.
  4. Deep fry the balls in the oil in batches until golden on all sides and keep aside.
  5. In a separate pan heat the oil and add onions.
  6. Fry for about 4 minutes until golden and add the ginger and garlic.
  7. Add the tomatoes and spices and cook until oil starts to separate from the sides.
  8. Add the water, bring to a boil.Lower the heat and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  9. Adjust the seasonings.Your gravy is ready.
  10. When its time to serve, just add the balls into the gravy and cook for about 7-8 minutes. Garnish with Coriander.
  11. Serve hot with Naan, Roti or Rice.

Please check out all the wonderful ideas from the helping hands of my Sunday Supper friends. And  consider a monetary donation if you have the resources…every dollar helps and many folks have lost nearly everything. Thank you!!!

Breakfast and Brunch:
Comforting Casseroles and Entrées:
Warming Soups and Sides:
Sweet Endings:

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  1. Thanks for a very interesting blog. What else can I write that kind of information in such a perfect approach to get? I have a company that I’m just now working on, and I look for more of these.

  2. Love that you put an Indian twist . . can’t wait to try this! :)
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  3. Oh my goodness! I seriously LOVE this and can’t wait to try it! My nanny (who is no longer with us since I stay at home now) was Romanian so she often made cabbage rolls for us and I’ve been dying to make this!! I am really going to try this! :) Thank you for sharing!
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  4. Soni, thank goodness you didn’t experience anything worse than the 4-5 days of power outages! This sounds like such a hearty, flavour-filled dish! I’ve never had anything like it before – I definitely want to try it out.
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  5. Wow, these sound so packed with flavor!
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  6. Love cabbage, yet only seem to cook it with corned beef! This recipe sounds wonderful–I’m always looking for new Indian dishes to try, so this is right up my alley!
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  7. Where were you while I was growing up? I would have been at your house every day!
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  8. Never heard of this dish but it sounds amazing!
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  9. I love koftas, especially from cabbage they are more crispier than zucchini or ash gourd.
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  10. Wow this looks fantastic. All I need is some Gram Flour, which I have been meaning to get any way and I am ready to make this one. I can’t wait!
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  11. This kofta dish sounds fantastic my friend :)

    Choc Chip Uru
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  12. I have never heard of cabbage koftas before but I am dieing to try this dish. Sounds so lovely. I am so glad that you didn’t suffer from hurricane Sandy and that your family is safe.
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  13. Never heard of this recipe before … Looks great!
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  14. These sound great. A lovely idea for cabbage.
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  15. The thought of cabbage dumplings is making my mouth water! What a wonderful, comforting dish!!!

  16. So rich and comforting, Soni!
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  17. How have I lived all these years and have never eaten a cabbage meatball? This looks really interesting and moreish. Great cause!
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  18. Never had anything like this but I know I would adore it, amazing to have all that flavor!!
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  19. Mmmm… so delicious! A wonderful dish, so spicy and comforting Soni!
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  20. Just reading your description and the ingredients in your Koftas has my mouth absolutely watering! What a wonderful comforting dish.
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  21. What a wonderful and comforting dish for such a good cause! I really feel for those who have lost home, property and family to this disaster and wish I could do more than donate, but donate I have and will.
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  22. These sound so good. I love Indian food – but we unfortunately have as many options as we used to have in Chicago. This sounds like a great recipe.
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  23. Hmm, never had cabbage koftas & these sound & look delish ! Love the addition of cranberries & cashews ! Will bookmark this one to make sometime:)
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  24. Mmmmmm, I just love cabbage in anything! I can’t wait to try these!
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  25. These look amazingly delicious, Soni! Definitely a dish made from the heart! Happy Sunday!
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  26. oh my gosh – YUM! this sounds soooooo good! and comforting!
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  27. Soni I love this dish and love that you inspire me to try Indian dishes! Thank you.
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  28. Just the other day I was thinking of how I want to learn and cook more Indian cuisine. These dumplings in the curry sauce sound so good! I’m adding this to my to-cook list.
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  29. I’ve never seen anything like this but I think it’s something my dad would love. He is a big fan of stuffed cabbage and this looks like the broth/graby is similar.
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