Apple Sabzi (Apple Cooked in Mild Spices With Coconut)

Beyond Curry

Inspired Indian home cooking.

Apple Sabzi (Apple Cooked in Mild Spices With Coconut)
  • Yield:Serves 2
  • Active time:10 minutes
  • Total time:30 minutes
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Beyond Curry: Apple Sabzi

[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

About the author: Denise Dsilva Sankhe is a writer & creative director by profession. But that's only when she isn't eating her way across India. She recreates this delicious cuisine in her Mumbai home, which she shares with her newly-married husband, who has long since given up his determination to have salads for dinner.

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  • 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon whole black mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons split black gram
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 large red onion finely diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup scraped coconut flesh
  • 2 small green chills (such as Thai bird chilis) slit lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon ground red chilli
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 medium red apples cores removed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. 1.

    Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the black mustard seeds and the split black gram. Stir until they pop, about 1 minute. Add the curry leaves and step aside as they splutter. Stir until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned about 4 minutes. Add the coconut, green chills, chill powder, turmeric and coriander. Stir to coat the coconut with the spices and oil.

  2. 2.

    Add the apples, salt and water. Stir to combine. Cover with lid and allow to cook until the apple is tender, about 15 minutes. Serve as a side to an indian vegetarian meal.

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