An easy red cabbage soup that tastes as amazing as it looks. This creamy soup with red cabbage and potato does not use cream, yet it is hard to believe it even after you mop up the whole bowl of the delicious soup!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This purple cabbage soup is yet another of my long list of no-cream creamy recipes like roasted tomato garlic soup, healthy “cream” of cabbage soup, creamy mushroom zucchini pasta and easy vegetable pasta with vegan garlic sauce.)
The easy purple-colored soup is made with red cabbage and potatoes, topped with simple yogurt-based cream and crunchy toasted seeds.
Spices? Nothing but salt and pepper is enough to season this flavorful soup. Vegetables, nuts, and seeds provide a lot of flavor to this soup with red cabbage.
Red cabbage is great to include in your diet as it will improve your calorie intake and help you to lose weight. It is because cabbage is low in calories and high in dietary fiber. Fiber makes you feel fuller and prevents you from overeating.
We’ll talk more about the health benefits of purple cabbage later. Now I’m more excited to share the recipe!
(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this page.)
- Red cabbage or purple cabbage: Choose red cabbage that is densely packed and heavy in weight with firm outer leaves.
- Butter and olive oil: Here we use a combination of both oil and butter. This helps control calories and saturated fat without compromising taste.
- Sunflower seeds can be replaced with other nuts/seeds.
- Nigella seeds are also called black cumin or kalonji. They have a slightly bitter, pungent flavor that balances the sweetness of cooked red cabbage. You can substitute them with sesame seeds.
- Stock: Use vegetable stock or chicken stock. You can also use bouillon cubes dissolved in hot water.
How To Make Red Cabbage Soup
- Heat oil in a deep pot. Roughly chop onions and garlic and add. Sauté until the onions turn translucent.
- Add almonds, diced potatoes and celery. Sauté for about 5 minutes.
- Shred red cabbage and add to the pot. Stir for a couple of minutes.
- Add stock.
- Cook covered until the vegetables are soft.
Use an immersion blender and blend the veggies until smooth.
Or cool the cooked vegetables and blend them using a regular blender.
- Transfer the blended soup back to the pot.
- Add salt, pepper, and water as required.
- Bring the soup to a boil.
- Simmer for a couple of minutes and remove from heat.
Toast The Seeds
Heat a small pan and toast sunflower seeds until slightly browned and crisp. Keep the flame low.
Remove sunflower seeds and add nigella seeds. Turn off the flame immediately. Toast the seeds in the hot pan for a few minutes and remove.
Garnish and Serve
- Pour the soup into individual bowls.
- Squeeze lemon juice and stir it with yogurt. (This is the same topping I used for spicy cauliflower soup recipe.)
- Drizzle the lemon-flavored yogurt on the soup.
- Sprinkle toasted sunflower and nigella seeds.
- Garnish with green onions.
- Use blanched almonds for a more “creamy” soup.
- For more citrus flavor, you can add lemon zest to the yogurt along with lemon juice.
- DO NOT TOAST the seeds on high flame. They can easily get burned.
- Once you add nigella seeds to the pan, turn off the flame. The residual heat in the pan is enough to toast them.
Common Questions About Red Cabbage
Can red cabbage be substituted for green cabbage in soup?
Red cabbage is more colorful and nutritious. Red cabbage needs a couple of minutes more to be cooked soft when compared with green cabbage, but they can definitely be used interchangeably.
Red cabbage also contains more vitamins, cancer-fighting flavonoids, and a winning amount of antioxidants which improve eye, teeth, bone, & immune health.
What is the healthiest way to eat red cabbage?
Red cabbage is rich in antioxidants some of which may be lost when boiled. So eating it raw (like in a salad or coleslaw) is the most beneficial.
However, their high fiber content can also make them hard to digest. It will be easier on your stomach if you cook them (boiling/steaming is healthier than sauteing or frying) instead of eating them raw.
Does red cabbage taste good when boiled?
It has a peppery flavor when raw and a mild and sweeter taste when cooked. It complements the taste of other vegetables when added to the soup. You can complement the sweetness of red cabbage with an acid like lemon juice which works perfectly for this soup. And the creamy yogurt adds to the richness of the soup.
Health Benefits Of Red Cabbage
- Cabbage is a very powerful brain food. The presence of vitamin K and anthocyanins within cabbage can boost brain power and concentration.
- It is a low-calorie vegetable rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Cabbage contains powerful antioxidants that help reduce inflammation.
- It is rich in vitamin C which boosts immunity. Red cabbage has 30% more vitamin C.
- Cabbage, especially the purple variety has a high content of glucosinolates which have been associated with anticancer properties.
- It contains insoluble fiber which helps improve digestion.
- The vibrant red cabbage contains anthocyanins that reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Cabbage, especially red cabbage is rich in potassium which helps regulate blood pressure.
- It is a great source of sulfur that helps fight infections and speed up healing.
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