Memories of winter evenings at Kharagpur, with my mother making phulkas on a cowdung cake chulha, and we children sitting around with plates of salad and this delicious Cabbage Kootu, impatiently waiting for the next hot phulka to land on our plates. Cabbage can be tasty too!
The traditional kootu is a little thick and grains of dhal are visible. This version is not quite as my grandmother would have made it, and I think it is more pleasing to the eye and the palate. The addition of other vegetables such as capsicum, potato and green peas adds to the flavour and nutrient value.