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Red Cabbage Rice

Cabbage Rice is a dish that is common to many cultures. It is called ‘pulao’, ‘pilav’, ‘pilaw’ or ‘pilaf’. By any name, it is a nutritious dish that combines vegetables (especially cabbage), nuts, spices, and rice. Our version uses red cabbage and makes a perfect vegetarian side dish or main course.Red Cabbage Rice

Serves 5-6.


  • 1 1/2 c long grain rice, rinsed
  • 2 3/4 c chicken style vegetarian broth
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 c raw peanuts
  • 1/2 c onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 4 c purple cabbage, chopped
  • 1/4 c green chili pepper (Anaheim, Pasilla or other), chopped
  • 1 tsp dry cilantro
  • 2 tsp dry parsley
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c frozen peas
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice or lemon juice


  1. Mix the rice and vegetarian broth in a medium pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stir, and reduce heat to the lowest setting. Cover tightly and simmer about 16 minutes. Remove from burner, leaving the lid on, and set aside.
  2. In a large pot over low heat, warm the oil and saute the peanuts for about 2 minutes or until light golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, remove the nuts to a small bowl, leaving the oil in the pot and increasing the heat to medium low. Saute the onion for about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and fenugreek seeds and saute another 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes, cabbage, chili pepper, cilantro, parsley, turmeric and salt. Saute 2 minutes more.
  3. Stir in the peas, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 7 minutes. Remove from heat and fold in the rice and lime juice. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle the top with toasted peanuts. Serve hot or warm.

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