Curried Cabbage


This simple curried cabbage, which is inspired by spices often found in eastern Kenya by the port of Mombasa, is full of heat. Serve with rice. Read more about the story behind this recipe.

East African Curried Cabbage Recipe
Photo: Joy Howard
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 medium head cabbage

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 medium onions, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon hot Madras curry powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup reduced-fat milk


  1. Cut cabbage in half; remove and discard core. Slice the cabbage into 1-inch strips and place in a Dutch oven or high-sided skillet. Add water, cover and cook over medium heat until fork-tender, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium skillet over low heat. Add onions; cook, stirring frequently, until translucent. Add flour, curry powder and salt; stir to mix well. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add milk and continue to cook, stirring, until the sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. When the cabbage is done, drain and transfer to a serving dish. Pour the curry sauce over the cabbage and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
5g Fat
18g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Vitamin A 158IU 3%
Sodium 249mg 11%
Potassium 519mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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