Apple Sabzi (Apple Cooked in Mild Spices With Coconut) Recipe

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Prasanna Sankhe

This is a dish that took me by surprise. It was served at a South Indian restaurant, where one expects the usual assortment of delicious vegetable sides to go with white rice and fluffy puris, the circular deep fried bread.

But the first bite left me totally amazed. Here I was thinking this is a vegetable, when it was actually the sweetest apple I had ever tasted, coated with a generous amount of coconut, mild spices, and a delicious coconut oil flavor. It was a treat. An unexpected range of flavors that worked so well together.

And if you're not a big apple fan, this is a wonderful, unusual way to try and change your mind.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 1 1/2 tablespoons 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 chiles (such as Thai bird chiles) slit lengthwise

  • 1 teaspoon ground red chile

  • 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. 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. 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.

Special equipment

Heavy bottomed lidded pan

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
466 Calories
22g Fat
64g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 466
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 237mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 16g 56%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 19mg 93%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 938mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)