Sunday, October 10, 2010

Indian Food - Part II of a series

Great feedback on the turmeric post and I hear they’re scrambling to keep up with production….
Today’s hot topic is mustard. No, I’m not talking about the mustard you put on your hot dogs.
I’m talking about the original product, mustard seeds.

Among the great many health benefits, mustard seeds are: antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Using these great qualities, the intake of mustard seeds can:
  • Speed up metabolism
  • Stimulate digestion
  • Inhibit cancer cell growth
  • Treat skin diseases
  • Reduce the severity of asthma
  • Decreases symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lower high blood pressure
  • Prevent migraines
We're talking wonder food here.
How to best consume mustard seeds? Well, I’m still on this Indian food program, so I will share a recipe that I love for Indian cabbage. Sounds a little weird? Hmmm. Tastes really good though…

Let me know how it works for you. 

 Indian Cabbage Recipe
1 head of cabbage, shredded
1 large onion, diced to ¼ inch x ¾ inch
4 tablespoons olive oil, (or coconut oil for some really authentic flavor)
2 tablespoons brown mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
½ teaspoon turmeric
5 - 8 dried chili peppers
sea salt to taste
chopped cilantro for garnish – optional

Combine oil and mustard seeds in a stir-fry pan. Heat until mustard seeds start to pop. Add the onion, turmeric, ginger and cumin seeds and cook until the onion is no longer crisp. Add the cabbage and chili peppers and mix well.

 Cover and allow to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 10 minutes, if the cabbage is sticking to the bottom, add a little water (about ¼ cup).
Season with salt and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.

Nosh farmaaiye
(hopefully means Bon Appetit in Urdu) 

To good health,


  1. I am so making the indian cabbage dish for Shabbos....YUM...minus the coconut oil this time. ;)

  2. Chana, is mustard seed mustard in a glass container considered eating the mustard seed you are talking about?

  3. I'm not sure what you're asking me Raizel. Brown and yellow mustard seeds are pictured above. If your product resembles either one, you have mustard seeds. If you need other help, please let me know.