Cabbage Pulao

Cabbage Pulao
Cabbage Pulao

Cabbage Pulav is not very common but tastes surprisingly good and that is even if Raita is not available. But in my family all love raita so I usually prepare it. I always love to have this Cabbage Pulao without Raita. This easy to prepare rice dish takes about 30 mins to prepare and can be had for dinner/lunch. Compared to your regular Pulav, Cabbage Pulao requires less ingredients and less masala/spice to make it taste good.

Cabbage Pulao
Cabbage Pulao

I got this rice recipe from my cousin Ramya. I tried it and it was received well by my family.

Cabbage Pulao
Cabbage Pulao

Recipe is simple, Just add whole masalas to the Oil, add Chillies followed by Onions and Ginger Garlic Paste. Then add Cabbage and Tomatoes and Salt. Mix with Water and cook in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles and once pressure releases finally add Lemon Juice.

Cabbage Pulao

Cabbage Pulao/Pulav Ingredients :

  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Chopped Cabbage – 1 cup
  • Chopped Onion – 1 medium sized
  • Chopped Tomato – 1 small sized
  • Chopped Green Chillies – 2
  • Cardamom – 1
  • Cloves or Lavang – 2
  • Cinnamon or Dalchini – 1/4 inch
  • Pepper – 3-4
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Jeera / Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Sugar – 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp

Preparation Time: 30 mins

Cabbage Pulao

How to Make Cabbage Pulao/Pulav :

1. Wash Rice with water. Pour out the water completely – rice should stay as dry as possible.

2. Crush or pound Cinnamon or Dalchini, Cloves, Cardamom and Pepper. Keep aside. Heat Oil in a cooker container.

Cabbage Pulao Preparation

3. Add Jeera. Once the Jeera seeds splutter, add crushed ingredients from step 2 and fry for a minute.

Cabbage Pulao Preparation

4. Now add chopped Onions and Green Chillies and fry for a min. Fry until the Onions turn to translucent.

Cabbage Pulao Preparation

5. At this stage, add Ginger Garlic paste and fry till the Onions are cooked well.

Cabbage Pulao Preparation

6. Add Cabbage, sugar and fry for 2-3 minutes.

Cabbage Pulao Preparation

7. Add Tomato and cook them until they turn soft.

Cabbage Pulao Preparation

8. Add washed and drained Rice to the cooker container (with contents from step 3 above) and fry for a min. Now add 2 cups of water to the mixture and stir well.

Cabbage Pulao Preparation

9. Then add Salt and mix properly. Close the pressure cooker lid and allow the contents to cook. When you hear the 3 cooker whistles, switch to low flame and continue to heat for about 2 minutes. Then switch off the flame and allow the pressure of the cooker to ease.

Cabbage Pulao Preparation

10. Open the cooker lid, leave it open for 2 min and then add Lemon Juice to the Pulav/Pulao. Mix well.

Cabbage Pulao Preparation

Cabbage Pulav/Pulao is now ready to serve.

Cabbage Pulao

Cabbage Pulao

Note:  For Cabbage Pulao I have not used Turmeric powder, hence you can see that the Pulav color is creamish. You can try adding Turmeric Powder to this rice dish.

Cabbage Pulao
Cabbage Pulao


  1. Hi Hema….this is very rare dish wanna..try…but have one doubt….u dint mention about the water…. U mentioned rice should be dry as much as possile. after adding to masala how much water it requires? just regular 1: 2 or pulav ratio 1:1

    • Swathi – Thanks for pointing this out. I have updated the Cabbage Pulav/Pulao recipe for the information you asked for (see Step 4). If you are using Basmati rice, use 1 cup of water to 1 cup of rice. If you are using regular rice like Sona Masoori, use 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice. Let me know how it comes out.
      – Hema

  2. Hi Hema….nanu Swathi….last time nim blog ge reply hakidde ( cabbage pulav). Ivattu alle reply hakoke try madde agirlilla.adikke profile search madi barita iddene… finally ivattu dinner ge madidde….super agittu….ishta aytu…next time swalpa batani (peas) haki madbekoonta iddene hegagotte anta gotilla. ivattu omme ankonde hakoke but beda recipi idda hage first madona ankonde. nice one….

    • Happy to see ur reply Swathi. Ok, nanu check madithini yake comment bareyoke agtha illa antha. Try madi nodi peas haki hege barutte antha. Nanna cousins ella try madidru tumba chennagide antha helidru. Matte enenu try madidri? Try my recipes, if u like write the comment. Thanks once again.

  3. Great dishes Hema. You are including Kannada names for the ingredients which I liked more. I am learning more dishes with this site. Thanks.

  4. Hi Hema,

    I like cabbage but i don’t know cabbage receipes (I mean new receipes)
    Definately I will try. Is adding sugar is compulsory or our wish ? .

    • Anitha – Sugar is not really necessary. The quantity specified is quite negligible but can add a little taste to Cabbage Pulao, IMO. Try it out without Sugar; it may not really make a difference. Thanks

  5. Hi Hema,

    I made this recipe today morning, Sakkathagittu, my hubby also liked… Thank you for the wonderful recipe very simple, easy and also we can make this recipe with in half an hour…
    Next time i will try by adding peas or channa for this recipe…


  6. Hi Hema,

    Started trying the dishes from your blog. It looks really interesting, today morning we tried Oats Upuma (first time 90 % ok), the next is Cabbage Pulav. Will update the outcome. It would be good if you add more on Veg curries for Lunch / Main course.

  7. Hi Hema

    I tried cabbage pulao… It was mouth watering… Excellent… All my family members liked it… Thank you for a delicious recipe…

    • Thank you Abimanyu. I will try to post more recipes in coming days that will help everyone who visit my blog. The comments helps inspiring me to do more recipes and posting it in my blog.

  8. Hi hema thank u first. Bcoz of u I started to cook differently,one day I felt bored and cabbage only there at home so I googled cabbage pulav I got Ur receipe,then I tried it takes only less time and taste yummy.bcoz of u I got so many appreciation that day.after that I tried carrot pulao,onion pulao like that.all r Come well.thank you.


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