Indian Spiced Cole Slaw

Recipes of South Africa

A wonderful side dish for luncheon or dinner, this exotic and delicious cole slaw has a distinctly Indian taste flavored with cumin, cilantro, coriander and mint.


8 cups shredded cabbage

1 cup shredded carrots

½ cup coarsely chopped red onion

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped

2 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon black/brown mustard seeds

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

½ cup lemon juice

2 tablespoon balsamic apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon salt

Pinch of granulated sugar

½ cup fresh cilantro/coriander leaf, chopped

¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped


For the Slaw:

Shred the cabbage and carrots in food processor or finely slice the cabbage with a mandolin or sharp knife. Pulse the jalapeno pepper and onion in the food processor. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the mustard and cumin seeds. Fry until mustard seeds turn grey and pop (about 1 minute). Scrape out and pour over the cabbage mixture.

For the Dressing:

Combine the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, salt, and sugar in a small bowl. Pour over the slaw. Garnish with fresh cilantro and mint leaves, if desired.