Turmeric Cabbage Stir Fry – Patta Gobhi – Instantpot

Turmeric Cabbage Stir Fry is simple and delicious Indian vegetarian dinner recipe. And it is very budget friendly meal prep too.

You will love this 20 minute meatless weeknight dinner. It’s one more of those “Simple ingredients BIG flavors” recipe from our kitchen.

I am including instructions to make Cabbage and Peas Stir Fry at home using stovetop method as well as electric pressure cooker like InstantPot method.

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Golden hued turmaric cabbage and peas stirfry served with lime wedges. This profusioncurry recipe is popular Indian vegetarian dinner dish.

Popularly called as Patta Gobhi Matar or Kobi chi bhaji, this Indian spiced cabbage stir-fry is tasty and loaded with nutrients.

It pairs well with rice, quinoa, roti or bread. You can just it as itself as a salad. Or use it as a filling for sandwich or wraps.

Cabbage is one of those low carb, low calorie cruciferous vegetable that is Keto friendly. To make this recipe pure keto , skip adding peas.

This simple stir-fry is on a weekly dinner rotation in our kitchen. I like its versatile uses.

Because this is one of those dishes that looks nice and fancy on a plate but in reality is a breeze to make.

If I get bored of eating it with rotis, we add some chili garlic sauce, sprinkle some Chinese 5 spice and serve it over noodles for quick Chinese Cabbage Stir-fry.

I also use the same recipe, instead of garam masala , add some Mexican taco seasoning and make delicious quesadillas for kid’s lunchbox.

My mom used to make toasted wrap called Frankie and pack it for my school lunch.

You can add potatoes to this recipe to make Patta Gobhi Aloo Matar.

This preparation results in dry vegan entrée so I prefer to call it stir fry instead of curry. You can add more water and make it curry consistency if you wish.

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. We add in golden turmeric and this subzi becomes Superfoods Stir-fry.

Close up photo of Cabbage peas turmeric stirfry showing beautiful color and crunchy texture.

This Turmeric Cabbage Peas stir fry 

✓ can be made on the stove top or in the electric pressure cooker like Instant Pot

✓ is vegan and gluten-free

✓ gets done in less than 20 minutes from start to finish

✓ has versatile uses


  • Remove the tough outer leaves.
  • Using a long cutting knife, cut the cabbage in quarters over a stable cutting board.
  • Remove the white core from each quarter of the cabbage by holding the piece vertically, with the V-shaped core at the base. Slice off the core in one diagonal cut.
  • Slice or shred the cabbage. I prefer to use food processor’s grating disk for shredding the cabbage.


Vegetables – Cabbage, Peas, green chili and onion

Oil Tampering / tadka – oil , cumin seeds, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt per taste. Traditional recipes also include asafetida ( hing ) and fresh curry leaves both of these are flavor enhancers. If you don’t have them easily available, simply skip it.

For garnish –  lemon juice and chopped cilantro leaves.

Kitchen Gadgets / Utensils to Make this Indian Cabbage recipe with ease 

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Turmeric Cabbage and peas stir-fry served in a bowl with two lime wedges for garnish.

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Turmeric Cabbage and peas stir-fry served in a bowl with two lime wedges for garnish.

Turmeric Cabbage Stir Fry - Patta Gobhi - Instantpot

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Cabbage and peas stir-fry with turmeric is popular Indian recipe. It is also called Patta Gobhi Matar. This 20 minute dinner recipe is gluten free, vegan and soy free and loaded with superfood nutrients.




Press the SAUTE button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the oil and then add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add asafetida, green chili, onion and curry leaves. Curry leaves will sizzle. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until onions soften.

Add cabbage and green peas. Saute well. Add turmeric powder, garam masala and salt. Stir to combined everything together.

Then add 1-2 tablespoons water. And de-glaze the pot by scrapping the bottom. Make sure there is nothing stuck at the bottom of the pot. Cancel SAUTE.

Close the lid and move the Pressure valve to SEALING. Press the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK button and select high pressure for 1 minutes.

When InstantPot beeps after its done cooking, Quick release the pressure by moving the valve to VENTING.

Open the lid and stir everything well. Add lemon juice. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves. Cabbage stir fry is ready !

If there's any excess water, you can press SAUTE and cook for extra 2 minutes until it becomes little dry.

If you want softer cabbage cook for 2-3 minutes on high pressure.

Cabbage releases a lot of water when pressure cooked so add very little water while pressure cooking.

** Instead of pressure cooking, you can do this recipe entirely on SAUTE mode as well. In that case, skip the steps from close lid. Instead use glass lid and saute for 8-10 minutes on medium level stirring frequently. The stir fry comes out dryer and requires no water if you do it this way

Stove Top Method

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin Seeds. When the seeds start to crackle add asafetida. Fry for a few seconds.

Add green chili, onion and curry leaves. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes until onions soften.

Add cabbage and green peas. Saute well. Add turmeric powder, garam masala and salt. Stir to combined everything together.

Add 1-2 tablespoons of water and let it cook for 5 minutes with a lid on. Then stir the mixture, remove the lid and cook for additional 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Turn the heat off when cabbage feels wilted and softer.

Add lemon juice. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves. Turmeric Cabbage stir fry is ready !


To make this recipe WFPB - No oil compliant , use vegetable broth instead of oil for sauteing.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 438mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 9g

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