sauteed cababage with potatoes [touffer li chou]
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Mauritian-style Sautéed Cabbage with Potatoes [touffer lichou avec pommes de terre]

A simple sauteed cabbage recipe with potatoes cooked Mauritian style.
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mauritian
Keyword: cabbage recipe, saute cabbage
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Teenuja Dahari -


  • ½ cabbage [about 500g]
  • 1 medium-size red or white potato [300g]
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger it's easy to make your own in advance
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds or ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds or ½ tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 - 5 curry leaves or 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves or 3 - 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 dried or fresh chili, optional
  • 1 tablespoon coconut or vegetable oil


  • Start by peeling and slicing the onions and garlic. Peel and cut the potatoes into 5-cm or 2-inch cubes.
  • In a skillet or pan, heat the oil. Once oil is heated, add in the onions. Cook for about 2 minutes or until a little translucent.
  • Next add the minced ginger and garlic to the pan. Stir and cook for another minute. Then add the curry leaves. Clear a small section of the pan and then add the mustard seeds. Roast for 30 seconds or until they start to pop.
  • As soon as they start to pop, add the potatoes. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes. Then add a little water and cover. Cook for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are cooked up to 75%.
  • Occasionally check on the potatoes and add a little water if they are sticking to the pan.
  • While potatoes are cooking, shred the cabbage rather thinly. Cut the tomatoes in quarters then slice thinly.
  • Add the cabbage. Cover and let wilt a little. Next stir and mix the cabbage with the potatoes. Then add in the tomatoes and stir. Add the thyme leaves.
  • Add salt to taste and a little water if needed. At this stage, add the dried chilli. I am only adding it at the final stage of cooking for a subtle kick. If you like it a lot more spicy, you can add the chillies together with the potatoes.
  • Then cover again and let the cabbage cook for another 5 minutes or until the cabbage and potatoes are done. The cabbage should still have a slight crisp to it.
  • Turn off the heat and serve warm.



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