Keto Indian cabbage stir-fry

Keto Indian cabbage stir-fry

Prepare to have your taste buds dance with joy. Putting an Indian keto spin on the traditional crack slaw recipe ups the ante even more by featuring the spice of curry and the freshness of cilantro. That wonderfulness aside, it also comes together in no time!

Keto Indian cabbage stir-fry

Prepare to have your taste buds dance with joy. Putting an Indian keto spin on the traditional crack slaw recipe ups the ante even more by featuring the spice of curry and the freshness of cilantro. That wonderfulness aside, it also comes together in no time!
4 servingservings


  • 1½ lbs 650 g shredded green cabbage
  • 5 oz. 140 g butter
  • 1½ lbs 650 g ground pork or ground lamb
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 2 2 garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp red curry paste
  • ½ (2 oz.) ½ (55 g) yellow onion, finely choppedyellow onions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup 120 ml fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup 240 ml mayonnaise


Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Shred the cabbage with a knife or in a food processor as finely as possible.
  2. Fry the cabbage in half of the butter in a large frying pan or wok on medium high heat until softened, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Add spices and vinegar. Sauté until fragrant. Place the cabbage in a bowl, and reserve.
  4. Melt the rest of the butter in the same pan. Add garlic, onion, and curry paste. Sauté for 1 minute. Add ground meat and sauté until the meat is cooked through and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  5. Lower the heat a little and add the cabbage back to the pan. Stir until everything is warmed through.
  6. Finish seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving with a dollop of mayonnaise or sour cream.

Recommended special equipment

  • Food processor


If you like your curries with a little extra heat, add a diced-and-seeded jalapeno to the recipe!

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  1. Roberto Garcia
    I do not see GARLIC on the list of ingredients, but ask for it on the cooking instructions. Can you please advice?
  2. Dwayne Bordelon
    I second that. How much garlic?
  3. Mary
    When you say red curry paste, do you mean Thai red curry paste?
    Reply: #16
  4. Martin
    I think the onion powder is supposed to be garlic as onion is further down , just guessing thou
  5. Hilary
    My husband made this for my tea last night, and it was amazing. Highly recommend you try this and i am sure it will become one of your favourites. I will definitely make this again and again.
  6. Mame
    I love cabbage but I am finding all of the various 'crack slaw' recipes very bland and not worth the work in putting them together. I wonder if I am missing something...
    Replies: #24, #43
  7. Carole
    I love cabbage as well, and have had good luck with it and my weight loss. If things seem bland, I'm going to up the spices....curry, for example, I always prefer a lot more of it than most recipes ask for. Same with other spices, garlic, and so on.
  8. Lisa Alexander
    Where do I insert the cup of mayo? Certainly not the dollup at the end is a cup.
    Reply: #30
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  10. Peter
    This recipe is missing ingredients! 1 tablespoon of red curry does not give this meal an indian flavour! The photo clearly has turmeric added (yellow), but there is no mention of this in the ingredient list. I added ground cumin, garam masala and turmeric to taste, as well red pepper flakes for some heat. And I agree with the comments above about the garlic and mayo... I think the mayo is for the dollop.
  11. Carol
    The 1 cup of mayonnaise is for 4 servings, so the dollop of mayo is 1/4 cup per serving, on top of the dish like the cilantro. I want to know if the writer of the recipe meant for garlic cloves to be used or is it garlic powder and how much? The way the recipe is written now, there is 1 tsp of onion powder and 1/2 fresh yellow onion. So how about that garlic? I agree that this needs to be a little spicier with more Thai red curry paste and perhaps some red pepper flakes along with some turmeric or cumin or coriander added in.
  12. Mats
    The recipe has some mistakes but if done correctly, it's delicious. This is my favourite keto meal so far. Instead of 1 tsp of onion powder, use 1 tsp GARLIC powder and continue to add the 1/2 fresh yellow onion. I use full fat sour cream instead of mayo. For 4 servings, it is 1/4 cup of sour cream or mayo per serving. I also add extra spices as I don't find it as flavourful without red pepper flakes and 1 tsp of turmeric for 4 servings. I add 2 extra tablespoons of curry paste as well even though it may skew the calorie/carb count a little.
  13. seema
    Can we have more indian keto meal recipes pls
  14. Kevin
    I have this recipe 5 stars but it needs some work to make it truly 5 stars. As others have mentioned in the comments, the recipe has small mistakes. But mainly, you won't get any Indian flavor with the small amount of curry paste and it doesn't taste very indian. You'll need to add ingredients like curry powder or whatever you'd like (and a lot of it) to give it actual indian flavor. Nevertheless, the recipe gives a GREAT (and versatile) place to start. Lot sense of great things can be done with this as a base.
  15. Tracie
    This recipe was a great start, but needs a lot of modification.

    I did steps 1-3 unchanged.

    Step 4 - melt the butter and brown the meat (I used beef) in the butter. Halfway through add 1/2 onion, diced.
    Once it's browned, add 4 cloves garlic, minced; 1 Tbsp fresh ginger root, grated; 1 tsp Garam Masala; 1 tsp cumin seed, ground; 1 tsp coriander seed, ground; 1 tsp hot paprika or sweet paprika, for color; 1/2 tsp Cardamom seed, ground, or 5 whole pods; 1/8 tsp ground cloves; 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground. Sautee until fragrant, about a minute or two. Add the cabbage back in and stir to combine. heat through.

    Now at this point you have options. Mayonnaise is a terrible one. You could mix some heavy cream into the curry (my favorite option, easy plus it's authentic). You could mix in sour cream or full-fat greek yogurt. Better yet, you could mix the greek yogurt with grated cucumber and some chopped mint, and serve the curry with a side of the yogurt sauce (raita).

    If you want to use curry paste, Patak makes several great Indian versions, and they are available at my various grocery stores in NY state. I would use at least 4 tablespoons -- not a measly one.

  16. Tracie
    Patak makes a great line of Indian curry pastes. I would not use a Thai curry paste in this dish.
    Reply: #40
  17. Stacey
    We didn't read comments before making this. Probably should have. This was a bust. The butter overwhelmed any flavor realized from the curry paste. My husband made this without me home and he's not comfortable changing a low carb recipe, afraid that it'll mess me up. I tasted it and felt bad that he put effort into what basically tasted like a pork and cabbage sauteed in butter recipe.
    We were looking very forward to a different flavor for the cabbage. I "sold" him on this by pointing out it has curry paste and then it tasted nothing like curry. Big disappointment.
  18. Donna
    This is a great basic recipe. It appears that there are several in this comment thread who are accomplished in the kitchen and have a flair for spices. Thank you for these great comments. I will make this again and be more adventurous with the spices. I've had crack slaw several different ways, they were all really good. Adding this one to my favorites list on this site. I'll be sure to read the thread next time for more ideas on variations.
  19. andrea
    Even my non-keto husband enjoyed it! I doctored it up a bit & had with sesame miracle noodles. yummy!
  20. Bronte
    A definite fat for me. I used chicken instead and LOVED it!!! It was a mild curry taste, but that's the way I like it. I also put it on a bed of raw baby spinach cause I was hungry but still came out just under 12 carbs. This is gonna be on the weekly menu for me for sure.
  21. Gato
    Who writes these recipes? An engineer? 25 oz of cabbage? How about 1-1/2 lbs. 25 tsp Cilantro? How about 1/2 cup?
  22. Shantimoy Paul
    Most of my childhood memory includes getting yelled at by my mother, and eat your veggies; but I used to pay no heed to it. However as time passes, most of us come around to eating vegetables as we are aware of the countless benefits they have for our health.

    Cabbage is especially one of the world's most nutrient dense vegetables readily available for us to enjoy, rich in essential vitamins such as C, B6, K, saturated fat, thiammin, calcium, iron, magnesium phosphorus and a good source of dietary fibers.

    But I never liked any cabbage recipe other than in noodles.

    This cabbage recipe when I tried at home was not really appreciated by my family but it was really yummy too. Thanks for sharing this delicious preparation. Keep posting wonderful recipes like this.

  23. Diane
    Agree with all above that seasonings were lacking. I added more curry paste and curry powder, turmeric and extra garlic. I wish I bought the hot red curry sauce. I LOVE THIS DISH with the additions. I added 1 tbsp of mayo mixed with 1 tbsp of sour cream on top! Oh so yummy!
  24. Laurie
    Try a natural breakfast sausage (I use Jimmy Dean Natural). It really makes the cabbage slaws flavorful! Enjoy!
  25. Don Taubman
    I often smile when I see some people comment about how the recipe didn't work or didn't taste right. Recipes are a guide. They aren't set in stone...(except my Mum's Anzac biscuit recipe) no-one changes that
  26. Fathima
    Plz tell me having this cabagge for a week it's help to lose 9kg weight
  27. jill
    I loved this kids loved it too as it wasnt too spicy for them..great basic dish you can play around with a bit..cabbage was lovely
  28. Shireen Sinclair
    Not Indian.. To make it indian, heat butter and add mustard seeds. After they pop, add the cabbage. Add half of a white onion or no onion at all for lower carbs, won't make a big difference as cabbage is substitute for onion for people who do not eat root vegetables there (religious issues). Add half teaspoon of red chilly powder or more, add cumin, coriander and dry mango powders and cook for another two minutes. Switch off the flame and cover. The mince is optional and can be added after cabbage is cooked.
  29. Kim
    I added Garam Masala and Turmeric and it was fantastic!!
  30. M.
    My husband and I loved it. I put my husband's portion in an oven bowl, topped it with an egg and some shredded cheese and put it in the oven for a few minutes. I fried my egg and put it on top of my portion and then in the oven with some cheese grated on top. DELISH!!
  31. Robert
    Added 1 heaped table spoon of Jalfezi paste to the cabbage once almost cooked, and 2 heaped table spoons to the mince lamb. Perfect thank you
  32. Hayden Anderson
    This is Thai, not Indian.
  33. Kezz
    My friend put me onto this with a little hint....add a can of coconut cream at the end. That makes it next level.
    Great addition Chris, thank you. This will be a regular for us too.
  34. Roger
    has anybody ever used veganaise in the recipe instead of mayonaise?
    Reply: #35
  35. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    has anybody ever used veganaise in the recipe instead of mayonaise?

    We would not recommend that due to the safflower oil, rice syrup and pea protein.

  36. Kerc
    I used yellow curry paste instead of red, and added garam masala, tumeric, paprika as well. That way it was DELISH and more Indian.
  37. Carrie
    This Recipe was quite bland and did not have much Indian flavors. I absolutely love the Asian Cabbage and the Italian Cabbage and make those frequently but this Indian variation just did not live up to those versions.
  38. Janice
    I love the other recipes for crack slaw on this site but not this one. I’m going to forgo the curry paste next time and add 2 T wheat free soy sauce, 2T fish sauce, 1 T ginger, 2 cloves garlic & 1T curry powder & some hot pepper flakes. These are the seasonings I used to use for Singapore noodles before I went Keto.
  39. Deena
    Red curry paste is Thai and has nothing to do with Indian food. Please be a little more informed about those differences. Its an Asian cabbage dish not Indian. Thanks
  40. Deena
    Agree completely.

    Patak makes a great line of Indian curry pastes. I would not use a Thai curry paste in this dish.

  41. tgjsmiller
    Call it Indian or thai...doesn't really matter as the recipe works fine with either type of curry paste. Taste before serving and if not enough flavor, add more paste or spices. Simple and easy fix!
  42. Afra
    The recipe worked as a good inspiration but I am sure if you follow it, it is really boring. I was not looking for keto, just healthy. So I also chopped and fried mushrooms. Set aside whilst frying meat and cabbage, toss in at the end togther with frozen peas. Also added some extra garam masala and whole fennel seeds (also reduces the more unpleasant side effect of eating cabbage) Left out the butter and replaced mayo with creamy yoghurt. It's an ok quick recipe but there are better.
  43. trixiepixieca
    Are you adding enough salt/acidity?
  44. Preeti
    Thank you. However, this is no where close to the Indian receipe. This is some American recipe. Where are the tomatoes. And in india we never churn it in a grinder to make it fine. No india cooking adds vinegar. Please update the name. This is misguiding.

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