Indian Spiced Cabbage with Dates - Slender Kitchen

Indian Spiced Cabbage with Dates

Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(3 PointsPlus®)

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Spicy, earthy, and with just a hint of sweetness, this Indian inspired side dish will definitely be making an appearance in my kitchen often. There are quite a few things I love about this recipe. First it comes together in under 10 minutes if you start with pre-shredded cabbage or cole slaw mix. Win! Second it is full of unusual and interesting flavors from the mustard seeds, curry, garlic, ginger, and dates. This makes it a great complement to a simple baked or grilled protein since the side dish packs in the flavor. Win, win! Finally it tastes great hot, at room temperature, or chilled, which makes it great for leftovers. In fact, it will taste better the next day and is delicious as a cold salad, sandwich filling, or added to a broth for a quick Indian inspired soup. It’s also low calorie and can be low carb without the dates so it works for lots of diets. Win, win, win!

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Indian Spiced Cabbage with Dates

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  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard seeds
  • 3 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. raw ginger, grated
  • 4 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • 4 tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/4 cup dried dates, chopped
  • 1 U Salt

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
2/3 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 97
Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 15mg
Total Carbohydrate 16g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g


  1. Heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat. Once hot, add the mustard seeds and immediately cover. Let cook for about 1 minute until they stop popping.
  2. Carefully remove the lid and add the garlic and ginger. Cook for 30 seconds
  3. Add the cabbage and 2 tbsp. water to prevent burning. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender. Add more water if needed to prevent burning.
  4. Add the curry powder, dates, and season with salt. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
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This tastes even better when the flavors have some time to rest so prep it ahead of time or the day before if you can. For Paleo diets or low carb diets you can leave out the dates. Raisins, dried cranberries, or apricots can also be substituted for dates.

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