Zucchini Cabbage Subji/ Palya

Cabbage is my all time favorite vegetable. I have a personal list of top 10 vegetables and many vegetables keep falling off of the list and some crawl into the list. But not cabbage, cabbage is my number 1 favorite all season long. The other new found love is Zucchini and I like the combination of Zucchini and Cabbage. I enjoy this best with warm Rotis/ phulkas and cannot get enough of it.



3 cups of shredded cabbage (use the readily available Cole Slaw package from the super market)
1 medium Zucchini
1 small onion
Chilli powder, turmeric
Curry leaves
Jeera, mustard, salt, oil
Coriander leaves for garnishing


  •  Dice onions and cabbage and keep aside. If using the pre-cut Cole Slaw, then dice only the onions.
  • Wash Zucchini thoroughly and cut it into inch strips along with the skin.


  • Heat a non-stick pan, and then add oil, jeera, mustard, curry leaves.
  •  Next add the dice onions and sauté for a while and immediately add the cut zucchini pieces.
  • After this is done add the shredded cabbage and sauté for a little bit more.
  • Add salt, turmeric and little chilli powder and keep stirring.
  • Sprinkle more water if necessary and keep this covered on low flame. Stir in between so that it does not stick to the bottom.
  • Garnish with corriander leaves.
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12 comments for “Zucchini Cabbage Subji/ Palya

  1. September 20, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Wow, this is new. I have never tried to pair zucchini with cabbage.

  2. September 20, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Love the photo! Yeah, Zucchini makes one delicious Palya, great with Veg Bhath. Well done girl:))

  3. September 20, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    yumm…looks really good..makes me want to dig in

  4. September 20, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    really very new recipe and great combo too. Looks good too.

  5. September 20, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    looks delish i have never tried with zuchini not so common vege here :)

  6. September 20, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    lovely idea to include zucchini and cabbage.

  7. September 21, 2007 at 6:40 am

    I am always looking for a good recipe for zucchini annd i think i just found it. Thankyou for such a nice recipe, will try soon.

  8. September 21, 2007 at 10:08 am

    Nice and quick tips for not cutting the cabbage! this looks delicious

  9. maria
    September 21, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    I love your blog! recipes are fantastic and i love your comments, so personal, warm and informative. I love learning about your favorite foods and the culture that comes with it!
    Keep it up!

  10. September 22, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Thanks Suma. Please do try it.

    Thanks as always Asha.

    thanks Rajitha.

    Thanks Jyothi. Hope you get a chance to try.

    Thanks Roopa. You are right, Zucchini is not so common.

    thanks Padma.

    thanks Maria. It means a lot to me.
    thanks Nags.

    Thanks Madhavi. Hope you get a chance to try it soon.

  11. Jyoti
    October 5, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Coleslaw is made of cabbage and not lettuce ! Please let me know, I hate to cut cabbage too !

  12. October 5, 2007 at 9:31 pm


    Yes Coleslaw available in the US groceries are made from cababge ( white and purple) and also has little carrot in it. It is already shredded and hence you do not have to chop it.

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