Cabbage Dumplings in Gravy (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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

As a novice vegetarian, I found it challenging to fit in during Holiday gatherings. When it comes to food, old practices were set aside in favor of new and unfamiliar ones. Soon, I realized there are also many great meat-free ways to celebrate the holiday.

Cabbage Dumplings/Balls is one of the first dishes I explored that can quickly transform an ordinary holiday table into something festive and unforgettable. These Cabbage Dumplings/Balls may require some extra time and effort, but in the end, they’re worth it to make the holidays feel incredibly special!

This recipe is so amazing it takes cabbage to another level. 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 a meatball or vegetable ball served with spicy curry/gravy.

These crispy, vegan, gluten-free cabbage balls dipped in creamy, spicy, nutty, and flavourful gravy are perfect for the Thanksgiving menu. Cabbage dumplings/balls are also delicious without gravy. These balls are a very gratifying snack for both kids and adults. These Crunchy Cabbage Dumplings/Balls go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee.

You can also prepare Vegan Lentil Meatballs and Vegan Tofu Meatballs 

Recipe Credit: Healthier Steps


  • Energy 215 kcal / 899 kJ
  • Fat 17 g
  • Protein 4 g
  • Carbs 14 g


  • 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.
  • 5.
  • 6.To Prepare The Gravy
  • 7.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.
  • 8.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.
  • 9.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.

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Cabbage Dumplings/Balls

  • 4 cups green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour, or gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water, (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For The Gravy

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup cashews plus 1/2 cup water, or chickpea flour if nut-free
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish