Cabbage Croquettes

This is a variation of my zucchini pancake recipe.  You can use different types of vegetables for this dish (zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.). The consistency of the pancakes will vary depending on whether you shred or grate the veggies. I usually shred the vegetables with a box shredder. You can also use a food processor fitted with a blade that shreds. It’s simple to prepare and so delish!

Ingredients

2 cups shredded or grated cabbage
½ cup garbanzo (chickpea) flour
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Olive oil or your favorite cooking oil

Put shredded cabbage into a medium-size mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well with your hands until all the ingredients are well combined. As you knead the mixture, the water from the vegetables will be released and moisten the mixture. Heat a non-stick skillet (preferably ceramic) over medium heat. To the skillet add a little oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Form cabbage mixture into 3–4 inch patties. When oil is hot but not smoking, add patties. Slowly cook on one side for a few minutes over medium heat until golden brown. Do not cook too fast; otherwise, cabbage will not cook through. Turn over and cook on other side until golden brown. When done, remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Serve warm with Curry Mayo, Tomato Chutney, tamarind chutney or sour cream. Makes about 10 croquettes.

Health Benefits of Cabbage

  1. Ideal for weight loss!
    It has only 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage, is low in fat and high in fiber. It is definitely a smart carb.
  2. It is a brain food!
    It is full of vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration. These nutrients also prevent nerve damage, improving your defense against Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Red cabbage has the highest amount of these power nutrients.
  3. High in sulfur, the beautifying mineral.
    Cabbage helps dry up oily and acne skin. Internally sulfur is essential for keratin, a protein substance necessary for healthy hair, nails, and skin. Check out this Homemade Cabbage Face Mask
  4. Helps detoxify the body.
    The high content of vitamin C and sulphur in cabbage removes toxins (free radicals and uric acid). These are the main causes of arthritis, skin diseases, rheumatism and gout.
  5. Has well-known cancer preventative compounds lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane.
    They stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancer tumors. A Study on women showed a reduction in breast cancer when cruciferous vegetables like cabbage were added to their diet.
  6. Helps keep blood pressure from getting high.
    The high potassium content helps by opening up blood vessels, easing the flow of blood.
  7. Cabbage for headaches
    A warm compress made with cabbage leaves can help relieve the pain of a headache. Crush cabbage leaves, place in a cloth, and apply on the forehead. Also, drink raw cabbage juice 1-2 oz. (25-50ml) daily for chronic headaches.
  8. Hangovers from heavy drinking were reduced by using cabbage, since Roman times.
  9. Anti-inflammatory and Blood Sugar Regulator.
    The natural red pigments of red cabbage (betalains) is said to lower blood sugar levels and boost insulin production. Of course it has no white sugars and very few simple sugars. Betalains have powerful anti-inflammatory properties just like beets.
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