Homemade irresistible sin!!!: Purple cabbage Payesh

My irresistible sin #1.“Purple cabbage payesh”

As I mentioned in my earlier post that on DH’s birthday I made the famous Bengali birthday dish payesh (rice pudding) not with the  usual rice but purple cabbage!!. You see we haven’t had any rice dish in almost 8 weeks now and did not want to spoil the record because soon we are going for his routine check up and wanted to see the weight loss in optimum conditions. So giving up was out of question, yes even for his birthday!!! But payesh was must in our heads so, called up mum to get the recipe of her delicious cabbage payesh. I always keep purple cabbage in my fridge so had no other option but use it! Though skeptical at first,( coz I was using the ‘wrong’ colored cabbage) once it was ready it was super delicious, much less in its carb content and a unique beautiful light pink preparation. Looked like this!



  • 1 1/2 lt of whole milk
  • 2 cups of finely chopped purple cabbage core
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Sliced almonds
  • Raisins
  • Pinch of salt.


  1. Pour the milk in a heavy bottomed vessel and bring it to boil. Then on a medium flame keep cooking for 15 minutes or until it starts condensing slightly.
  2. Add the cabbages and cook for 30 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked. By this time even when the cabbage is cooked the milk would still be runny because of all the water that comes out off the cabbage. At this stage add the sugar, dry fruits and a pinch of salt.
  3. Cook for another 10 – 15 min or until the water evaporates. You will know the payesh is ready when your milk condenses into thick and sticky liquid with big bubbles near the sides of the vessel.
  4. Garnish with some whole almonds and your purple cabbage payesh is ready to serve.

Although its a simple and easy to make recipe but I think I must mention here that one can’t prepare this in a hurry. But on the brighter side, you can finish your other kitchen chores while this is being cooked on the stove. So happy cooking everyone!!

P.S. Just for my peace of mind I ran the recipe on the calorie counter site (http://caloriecount.about.com) and as expected the total carbohydrate content (sugar + Dietary fibre) of this preparation is 1/4th of the total carb content of Rice payesh which was at 450.6g ( sugar 299.9g dietary fiber 8.1g per serving. Was I happy? What do you think? 🙂

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size1 serving (1635.3 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories    1095                                                               Calories from Fat 453
                                                                                        % Daily Value*
Total Fat 50.3g                                                                            77%
Saturated Fat 22.6g                                                                     113%
Cholesterol 129mg                                                                        43%
Sodium 618mg                                                                              26%
Total Carbohydrates 108.5g                                                           36%
Dietary Fiber 8.0g                                                                         32%
Sugars 100.7g
Protein 56.6g
Vitamin A 13%

Vitamin C 72%

Calcium 73%

Iron 7%

* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Devashish Dey
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 23:58:08

    Very very tasty and healthy!!!…1st hand experience….



  2. Mo
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 07:02:07

    aww…you need no more comments! debu tops 🙂



    • bongcomb
      Jul 20, 2013 @ 11:17:35

      yes i loved what he wrote but no!!!!! I would like lots n lots of comments!!!And thanks for taking the time to comment! really appreciate the gesturexoxo



  3. Minu
    Jul 22, 2013 @ 08:40:31

    Very very innovative …. I loved the idea n the recipe ; will definitely try making this at home !!! Keep going 🙂



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