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Cabbage Paratha (Stuffed Cabbage Flatbread)

Cabbage paratha is a delicious and healthy whole wheat flatbread stuffed with a spiced cabbage stuffing. It is one of the lesser-known paratha variety made in North Indian homes for breakfast. However, you can also make it for lunch or as an evening tea time snack.

cabbage paratha served on a white plate

There are two ways cabbage paratha can be made. One method is kneading flour with finely chopped cabbage and spices. This is the easiest method to make cabbage paratha. The second method is to stuff the paratha with a spiced cabbage stuffing. Both ways the parathas taste good.

The method shared here is the second method. These no onion no garlic patta gobhi paratha make for a healthy breakfast as well as make for a good tiffin box brunch or lunch.

If you have some cabbage left behind after using it in some other recipes, then you could use that cabbage to make these parathas. It is a good way to use leftover cabbage. These parathas can be made with both the regular green cabbage and purple cabbage.

Serve cabbage paratha hot or warm with a side of mango pickle or lemon pickle or some yogurt or butter. For best taste have them hot as they are made on tawa (skillet) and then directly served on your plate.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Cabbage Paratha

Preparing dough:

1. In a mixing bowl or pan take 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2 teaspoons oil, ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt or add as required. Also add ⅔ cup water.

flour and water in a bowl

2. Mix all the ingredients and then knead the dough. Add more water if required to make a smooth soft and pliable dough. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

kneaded dough

Preparing the stuffing

1. Peel and remove the top skin from the cabbage (patta gobhi or band gobi). Rinse and quarter the cabbage and blanch in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes.

Drain all the water and then shred cabbage or chop it. I used 350 grams of cabbage, which yielded 4 cups of tightly packed shredded cabbage.

shredded cabbage

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy pan or kadai. Keep the heat to low. Splutter ½ teaspoon ajwain seeds (carom seeds). You can also use ½ teaspoon cumin seeds instead of ajwain seeds.

ajwain seeds in a kadai

3. Then add the shredded cabbage. Stir and mix very well.

cabbage added

4. Season with salt as required.

salt added

5. Cover the pan with a lid.

steaming cabbage with covered lid

6. Steam the shredded cabbage on a low heat till they turn translucent. This takes about 7 to 8 minutes on a low heat. Do stir once or twice when the cabbage is cooking.

steamed cabbage

7. Then add the following ingredients: 

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon amchur powder (dry mango powder).
spices and green chilies added

8. Mix the spice powders very well with the cabbage. Check the taste and add more salt, red chili powder or dry mango powder if required.

mixing spices with cabbage

9. Lastly add 2 tablespoons of coriander leaves. Switch off the heat.

coriander leaves added

10. Mix the coriander leaves very well with the rest of the spiced cabbage stuffing. Allow this stuffing to cool down at room temperature.

mixing coriander leaves with cabbage stuffing

Stuffing cabbage paratha

1. Later pinch two small to medium sized balls from the dough. On a rolling board, dust some dry wheat flour on both sides of the balls.

dough balls

2. Roll them to about 4 to 5 inches diameter rounds. Try making both the rounds of the same size.

rolled dough

3. On one of the rolled dough circle, place the cabbage stuffing in the center and keep about 1 inch empty space from the sides.

TIP 1: Don’t overstuff the paratha as then the stuffing might come out while rolling or roasting the paratha.

TIP 2: Don’t under stuff the paratha as then you won’t get the spiced cabbage flavor in the paratha. As you keep making parathas then with experience you will get to know what should be the right amount of stuffing to be added.

cabbage stuffing added on rolled paratha

4. Gently place the second circle on top. Press and seal the edges very well with your fingertips.

covering cabbage paratha with second rolled paratha

5. Dust some flour on both sides of the stuffed paratha. Roll the paratha into a circle of about 7 to 8 inches in diameter or about the size of a normal roti or chapati. If there are a few small tears in the rolled paratha, then it is fine.

rolled cabbage paratha

Cooking cabbage paratha

1. On a hot tawa or skillet or griddle place the rolled paratha. The tawa should be hot and not at a low temperature. Cooking parathas at a low flame will harden them. Parathas ideally are crisp as well as soft.

Keep the heat from medium to high depending upon the heaviness and weight of the skillet or tawa.

frying cabbage paratha on tawa

2. When the base is partly cooked, flip the cabbage paratha with the help of tongs or a spatula. Then with a spoon spread some ghee or oil on the partly cooked part.

frying flipped cabbage paratha side

3. Flip again and this time this side has to be cooked more than the previous side. You will see brown spots on the patta gobhi paratha.

flip cabbage paratha again

4. Spread some ghee or oil on this side of the paratha too.

spreading oil on cabbage paratha

5. Flip again once or twice till both the sides are cooked properly.

flip cabbage paratha again

6. You should see crisp brown spots on the stuffed cabbage paratha. You can also press the paratha edges with a spatula or spoon, so that they are fried well. Since at times, the paratha edges are not cooked well.

pressing cabbage paratha edges with spatula

7. Make all paratha this way and stack them in a roti basket or a casserole. While cooking the second paratha, if there are any burnt or browned wheat flour particles on the tawa then you can wipe them with a kitchen paper towel.

Also regulate the heat as needed while roasting the paratha.

cooked cabbage paratha on tawa

8. Serve cabbage paratha for breakfast with a side accompaniment of lemon pickle or mango pickle. You can also serve with some butter or curd. For a delicious tea time snack you can serve these with chai.

For more delicious cabbage recipes, you can check this collection of 14 cabbage recipes.

cabbage paratha served on a white plate

If you are looking for more Paratha recipes then do check:

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Cabbage Paratha

Cabbage paratha is whole wheat flatbread stuffed with a spiced cabbage stuffing and are usually made for breakfast in North India.

4.86 from 7 votes

Prep Time 25 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Total Time 50 mins

For paratha dough

For cabbage paratha stuffing

Making dough

  • In a mixing bowl or pan take 2 heaped cups whole wheat flour, 2 teaspoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt or add as required. Add ½ cup water.

  • Mix and then knead the dough. Add more water if required to make a smooth soft dough. 

  • Cover and allow the dough to rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

Making stuffing for paratha

  • Peel and remove the top skin from the cabbage (patta gobhi or band gobi). Rinse. Quarter the cabbage and blanch in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. 

  • Then shred cabbage or chop it. I used 350 grams cabbage, which yielded 4 cups tightly packed shredded cabbage.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan or kadai. Splutter ½ teaspoon ajwain seeds (carom seeds). You can also use ½ teaspoon cumin seeds instead of ajwain seeds.

  • Then add the shredded cabbage. Stir and mix very well.

  • Season with salt as required.

  • Cover the pan with a lid.

  • Steam the shredded cabbage on a low flame till they turn translucent. This takes about 7 to 8 minutes on a low heat.

  • Then add finely chopped green chilies, finely chopped ginger, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder and amchur powder (dry mango powder).

  • Mix the ground spice powder and green chilies very well with the cabbage. Check the taste and add more salt, red chili powder or dry mango powder if required.

  • Lastly add 2 tablespoons coriander leaves and switch off the heat.

  • Mix the coriander leaves very well with the rest of the spiced cabbage stuffing. Allow this stuffing to cool down at room temperature.

Assembling and stuffing cabbage paratha

  • Later pinch two small to medium sized balls from the dough. Then on a rolling board, dust some dry wheat flour on both sides of the balls.

  • Roll them to about 4 to 5 inches diameter rounds . Try making both the rounds of the same size.

  • On one of the rolled dough circle, place the cabbage stuffing in the center and keep about 1 inch empty space from the sides.

  • Gently place the second circle on top. Press and seal the edges very well with your fingertips.

  • Dust some flour on both sides of the stuffed cabbage paratha. Roll the paratha into a circle of about 7 to 8 inches in diameter or about the size of a normal roti or chapati.

cooking cabbage paratha

  • On a hot tava (skillet or griddle) place the rolled cabbage paratha. The tava should be hot and not at a low temperature. 

  • Cooking cabbage paratha at a low heat will harden them. Parathas ideally are crisp as well as soft.

  • When the base is partly cooked, then flip the paratha with the help of a spatula or tongs. Spread with a sppon some ghee or oil on the partly cooked part.

  • Flip again and this time this side has to be cooked more than the previous side. You will see brown spots on the paratha.

  • Spread some ghee or oil on this side too.

  • Flip again once or twice till both the sides are cooked properly.

  • You should see crisp brown spots on the paratha. 

  • You can also press the paratha edges with a spatula or spoon so that they are fried well. Since at times, the paratha edges are not cooked well.

  • Make all paratha this way and stack them in a roti basket or a casserole.

  • While cooking the second paratha, if there are any burnt or browned wheat flour particles on the tawa then wipe them with a kitchen paper towel.

  • Serve cabbage paratha for breakfast with a side accompaniment of lemon or mango pickle. You can also serve with some butter or curd.

  • The recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  • The amount of spices can be changed as per your preference. If making for small kids then don’t add green chilies and reduce the spices accordingly.
  • To make the recipe vegan, use any neutral flavored oil to roast the paratha instead of ghee.
  • You can use regular green cabbage or purple cabbage to make this recipe. 
  • If you prefer you can add onions. Saute the finely chopped onions after you add carom seeds.
  • The approx nutrition info is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Cabbage Paratha

Amount Per Serving

Calories 477 Calories from Fat 180

% Daily Value*

Fat 20g31%

Saturated Fat 7g44%

Polyunsaturated Fat 2g

Monounsaturated Fat 9g

Cholesterol 26mg9%

Sodium 760mg33%

Potassium 506mg14%

Carbohydrates 69g23%

Fiber 14g58%

Sugar 6g7%

Protein 12g24%

Vitamin A 176IU4%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 4mg20%

Vitamin B6 1mg50%

Vitamin C 48mg58%

Vitamin E 4mg27%

Vitamin K 91µg87%

Calcium 80mg8%

Vitamin B9 (Folate) 86µg22%

Iron 4mg22%

Magnesium 126mg32%

Phosphorus 319mg32%

Zinc 2mg13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This cabbage paratha post from the blog archives first published in December 2015 has been republished and updated on 10 January 2022.

Source: Dassana’s Veg Recipes
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