Here is another traditional poriyal with some interesting name and message. I don't know if many out there calls this poriyal by this name. But this is how my mom introduced it to me. She is great in making the small kids consume vegetables by telling them some stories behind or the facts involved.According to mom, this tri color poriyal is called as Congress poriyal in Madurai because of the the colors like saffron from carrot, white from cabbage and green from green peas. More over it will resemble the famous flower arrangement called 'Madurai kathambam'(a kind of garland like flower tied on banana fiber with multi colors like orange kanagambaram flower, green marikolunthi leaf and white jasmine) and hence the name kathamba koottu too.
What a beautiful way to remember this poriyal !
A traditional South Indian 'kalyana panthi' (marriage feasts) should have some basic side dishes arrayed on the banana leaf . They are aviyal (boiled and lesser spicy curry), poriyal (vegetables finely chopped and stir fried in less oil),varuval (crisply fried vegetables), pirattal (vegetables cooked in hot spicy masala with more oil) ,thogayal (smashed vegetables or greens), sambal (raitha / salad in curd),Vathal (sun dried crispy vegetables) and oorukai apart from the regular curries on rice.
If you know any other category please let me know:)
The color combination of all the dishes served on the leaf will tell the heritage of the people (bride's parents) who organize the wedding. So people take utmost care to have a picturesque presentation. One among those beautiful side dishes can be this multi color cabbage poriyal which is always an eye-catcher.
So here is that lovely poriyal for you all.
Other names: Congress poriyal , muttai kose podimass, kathamba poriyal.
Cabbage - 200 gm
carrot - 1
fresh green peas - 1/2 cup
shredded coconut - 1/4 cup
green chillies - 2
curry leaf - 1 sprig
onion (chopped) - 2 tbsp (optional)
ginger (finely chopped) - 1 tsp
oil - 1 tsp
salt - to taste
mustard - 1/2 tsp
cumin - 1/4 tsp
Shred the cabbage into fine pieces. Chop the carrot into small cubes. Peel and wash the green peas (pachai pattani).
Heat oil in a wok. Let the mustard seeds pop. Then slide in the onion, ginger, green chillies, curry leaves and saute for 10 seconds. Don't let it get red.
Then add the finely chopped veggies along with sweet pea and stir fry for a minute.
Immediately sprinkle a handful of water. Add salt and cook covered till the vegetables are done. Tender crispy cooking making the poriyal more tasty. So don't over cook them.
Now sprinkle the shredded coconut and cumin seeds. Mix well and switch off.
Tricolor cabbage poriyal is ready!
Serve as side dish with sambar rice or any rice.