Spicy Vegan Tomato-Turmeric Cabbage Stew Recipe

Vegetarian Cabbage Stew with Tomato

This is as hearty as stew with meat, and as delicious as can be! Cooking with fresh turmeric is the key, and it's packed with tender vegetables in a rich blend of spices and tomatoes -- you will devour every last bite!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Indian
Keyword comfort food recipes for fall and winter, vegetarian comfort foods
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 162 kcal
Author Valentina K. Wein


  • 1 1/4 cup yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated turmeric (click here for How to Use Fresh Turmeric)
  • 1 tablespoon chile paste (less if you prefer less heat)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli, washed and dried, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower, washed and dried, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups green cabbage, washed and dried, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup coconut water or vegetable stock
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Coat the bottom of a large deep pot with olive oil and place it over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until they're soft and becoming golden, about 10 minutes
  3. Add the turmeric, chili paste, cumin, cinnamon and cardamom. Mix and let it cook until it's very aromatic, about 30 seconds. (Here's How to Use Fresh Turmeric.)

  4. Add the carrots, stir and cook for a few minutes. Then add the broccoli and cauliflower and cook for another few minutes.
  5. Now add the cabbage, stir, turn the heat to low and cover the pot to let the cabbage wilt, about 4 minutes.
  6. Mix well once the cabbage has wilted and add the tomatoes and coconut water (or vegetable stock). Bring to a boil and then turn the heat to the lowest setting, cover, and let it cook until the carrots and all of the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
  7. Uncover, add the peas, sugar, and season to taste with salt and pepper. (Here's How to Season to Taste.)
  8. Serve!

Recipe Notes

*If you can't get fresh turmeric, you can replace it with 2 teaspoons of dry, powdered turmeric.