This cabbage curry does not use onions or garlic,.
This is how it is made in traditional Iyer households
Just cut the cabbage in any shape you like, This is 1 whole cabbage, I like it shredded.
Cabbage - Shredded about 5 cups
Water - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1 teaspoon or as needed
Oil - 1 Teaspoon
Mustard - 1/2 teaspoon
Urad Dal - 1 teaspoon or more if you like it
Red Chili - 1
Curry Leaves - 1 strand
Shredded Coconut - 1 cup (optional)
--->Put in a pan which has a lid and add very little water and add about a teaspoon of salt,
keep the stove on a medium high
--->Keep stirring every 5 minutes
--->In less than 15 minutes, you will see the cabbage will start to wilt and the water will start to reduce a lot
--->At this point you have to watch carefully untill all water evaporates or if you don't have time, take the water out carefully and add it to your rasam or kootu or dal
--->In a small pan, add the oil and then the mustard seeds and once it sputters add the urad dal and red chili and stir until the urad dal starts to get a golden hue, at this point pour it over the cabbage, add the curry leaves to the cabbage and then if you like add the shreeded coconut!
That is it...
You can add some frozen peas to the cabbage .....
You can add some frozen corn to the cabbage .....
You can add some carrots to the cabbage ....
or a combination of the above also tastes great...