Cabbage Dumplings in Gravy (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Cabbage Dumplings in Gravy (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

This Cabbage Dumplings in Gravy (Vegan, Gluten-Free) is easy to prepare and flavorful. Scrumptious shredded cabbage, seasoned with spicy aromatics, formed into balls and baked. Then served smothered in a spicy and flavorful tomato curry gravy.

Cabbage Dumplings in Gravy (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

How To Make Cabbage Dumplings in Gravy (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

This recipe is so amazing it takes cabbage to another level. Just like my Cabbage Curry and my Cabbage Soup recipe, so simple yet so delicious.

This recipe is my version of Cabbage Kofta that I had at an Indian restaurant years ago. You may be asking what is a kofta? A kofta is meatball or vegetable ball served with a spicy curry/gravy.

To make Cabbage Dumplings in Gravy (Vegan, Gluten-Free), I processed cabbage in a food processor. I then sauteed it with onion, garlic, cumin, and coriander. Added chickpea flour and form into a ball, bake in the oven.

Meanwhile, I prepared the curry gravy, I decided to update the recipe and use curry powder instead of the spices I had in the original recipe. I used coconut milk, cashew blended with water for a really creamy gravy.

Cabbage Dumplings in Gravy

Note: If you prefer nut-free gravy,  use chickpea flour instead. If you don't mind then leave the chickpea flour out of the gravy and blend cashews with water to add at the end to thicken.

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Cabbage Dumplings in Gravy (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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215 kcal / 899 kJ
17 g
4 g
14 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

15 min
30 min
Ready in:
45 min
6 servings


Cabbage Dumplings/Balls

For The Gravy


  1. Place cabbage in a food processor and pulse until finely shredded. Transfer shredded cabbage into a bowl and set aside. Preheat oven 400ºF/200ºC. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, add onion, garlic and cook until onion is soft. Stir in coriander, cumin and cook for another minute. Add shredded cabbage and cook, while stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.
  3. Season with salt to taste. Transfer cabbage to a bowl and allow to cool. Stir in chickpea flour and mix well to form a dough. You may need to add water if the dough isn't holding together.
  4. Shape cabbage dough into equal sized balls.Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 25- 30 minutes, turning after 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the gravy.

To Prepare The Gravy

  1. Heat oil or water in a large saucepan on medium heat, add onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and ginger, cook for about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add curry powder, paprika, ( add 1/4 cup chickpea flour only if nut-free) stirring constantly for about 1 minute. Stir in coconut milk, water, cayenne and salt to taste. Cover saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to simmer for about 10 minutes, meanwhile blend cashews with water. Add cashew mixture to curry gravy and stir. Cook until thicken. Turn off heat, add Cabbage Dumplings and stir. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
  4. Delicious served with rice or potatoes.


Update Notes: This post was originally published in 2016, but was republished with new photos March 2018


Cabbage Dumplings In Gravy

Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Luise Leis
    May 12, 2019

    Absolutely great! I swapped out normal cabbage for purple and used buckwheat flour for the dumplings but its still worked like a charm. Was really unsure when forming the dumplings because they’re super sticky, but have faith they bake amazingly! Thank you for this great recipe :)

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 12, 2019

      Luise, I’m so happy it turned out great with your adjustments. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  2. Melina
    February 23, 2019

    WOW!!! This was such an amazing dish!! I had to add quite a bit more flour to the cabbage dumplings and I really wasn’t sure they would cook but they did! And that gravy is more like a Thai curry, it was delicious and amazing. I ate half the entire thing for my lunch and I’m just dreaming of dinner when I get to eat the rest. Seriously amazing.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 23, 2019

      Melina, I’m so happy it turned out great for you with your adjustment and you love it. Thank you for sharing your feedback including adjustment.

  3. Rochelle
    February 22, 2019

    I made this dish tonight and it turned out phenomenal! It was a little difficult for me to form the cabbage rolls, but other than that, everything was delicious. This was my first time making an Indian inspired dish and I loved the flavors! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful recipes!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 22, 2019

      You are welcome Rochelle, I’m so happy you enjoyed it and that you took the time to share your feedback. I’m sorry the rolls were a little difficult.

  4. Francesca Marks
    February 18, 2019

    I have tried so so many recipes for vegan Indian inspired food and ALL of them have fallen short of the intense flavor until now. Finally! It tastes as good, if not better, than it smells. I am so excited about this recipe I want to scream it from the rooftops. THANK YOU!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 18, 2019

      Francesca, your comment inspires me and keeps me wanting to get in the kitchen as soon as possible. Thank you!

  5. Jojo
    January 15, 2019

    I made this for dinner tonight and we just cleaned up after dinner! It was sooooo dang good. :) My mom was super skeptical but super impressed! YUM. I made double the amount of dumplings for the gravy… but next time I’ll quadruple the dumplings and double the sauce so we can have left overs <3 Thank you!

  6. L
    December 12, 2018

    I’ve made this a couple of times now. This is quite the tasty dish. Smells amazing as you’re cooking and it tastes hearty, too.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 13, 2018

      Thank you for your feedback, I’m happy you enjoy it.