Red Cabbage Seasoned With Cumin

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I was interested to read that the colour of red cabbage is affected by the pH value of the soil in which it grows. Acidic soil leads to the cabbage leaves being more purple and alkaline soil results in leaves which are greenish-yellow coloured. The colour range includes blue leaves and if you cook red cabbage without adding vinegar, the colour will change to blue.

Red Cabbage With Cuban Style Pork Chops

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I have been craving red cabbage and bought a huge head of cabbage to make for Dave and I to enjoy. I love how the colour changes and the soft texture of the cabbage is somewhat inviting and moreish. As I was making a Cuban dish I decided to add some traditional Cuban spices to my cabbage. I would not make so much again as this recipe is enough for a side dish for 8 people! If you want to turn this into a Germanic style dish swap out the cumin for cloves.

Red Cabbage


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Red Cabbage

Red cabbage is a great vegetable side dish to serve with pork due to its natural sweetness when cooked
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Recipe Category: Side Dish, Vegetarian
All Rights Reserved: Adapted From Oktoberfest Cookbook Page 99


  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 1 kg red cabbage, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 250 mls red wine
  • 250 mls chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 5 mls ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 15 mls arrow root
  • 30 mls water


  • Place the oil into a large frying pan and heat over a medium temperature
  • Add the onions and sauté until soft
  • Add the cabbage and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Add the wine and cook until all the wine has evaporated
  • Add the stock and season generously
  • Add the cumin and bay leaf and reduce the temperature
  • Simmer for 30 minutes
  • Adjust the seasoning and simmer for a further 15 minutes
  • Place the arrow root into a small bowl and mix with the water until completely combined
  • Remove the bay leaf and stir in the arrow root
  • Increase the temperature and bring to the boil for 5 minutes
  • Adjust the seasoning and serve


Serving: 8g

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