Sambharo – Stir fry Carrots, Cabbage, Bramley apples and chillies

I bet my cotton socks that you’ll never eat plain salad after trying this dish!!

I was once told by a Gujarati chef that sambharo is served as a side dish in a lot of Indian thalis. The sambharo has to be hot and spicy with a hint of sweet and sour. I was told that it’s got to be the dish everyone remembers and talks about!! “Sambharo in Gujarati means remember”. Once you have eaten a properly made sambharo – you will remember it always.  Gathia and sambharo are a combination too.

The basic ingredients of any sambharo are  hot green chillies added to carrots and white cabbage.  During the mango season, a lot of people like to add thin slices raw mangoes to the sambharo. You can also add small slices of raw papaya to give it an exotic taste and look . My favourite is to make a sambharo with as many of the ingredients as possible.  This week , I didn’t have have any raw mangoes or papayas so I substituted the raw mangoes for Bramley apples.  The sharp cooking apples were a perfect balance with my hot Kenyan chillies, white cabbage and locally grown carrots.  The sambharo tasted really great with my hot puris.

Ingredients for 4-6 servings as a side dish

  • 2 cups of finely chopped white cabbage
  • 2 medium carrots – grated
  • 12-14 hot sliced chillies (Remove the stem and slice the chillies into 2. Wash and remove the seeds.) Note: you can use less if you wish to make this milder
  • 1 large bramley apple – grated
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2-3 tbls sunflower oil


1. Heat the pan and add the oil. Once the oil heats, add the mustard seeds and cover the dish. Once the seeds stop popping, add the grated and chopped cabbage, carrots, apples and green chillies.

P11704942. Add the salt and turmeric and stir the vegetables.


3. Allow to cook for 5-6 minutes like you would a stir fry but with no addition of any more sauces or liquids.  You need to keep the vegetables al dente to enjoy the flavours.

P11704964. Serve this hot as a condiment or side dish with any Indian meal.  I served it with puris.


Have you any recipes that leave you a lasting memory like my sambharo?

  • What a beautiful recipe
    Your food photography is stunning

  • Nayna Kanabar

    I love sambhrao and we love it with raw mango and raw papaya and you can add amra (gooseberries) as well.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Nayna- Thanks. I do love adding amra to sambharo but don’t often get there here.

  • yum! MY husband would love this!

  • Emily Shepperson

    Such a great recipe.

  • Victoria MyLittleLBlog

    never heard of this before, if i make it i know it wont taste as nice as im sure yours does

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    This sounds delicious! And very cheap to make.

  • You Baby Me Mummy

    I am not really a fan of sweet and savoury together, but I really want to try this as it looks yummy x

  • Katie Albury

    Sounds delish! I might have to send this over to my Dad he’d love to give this a whirl! x

  • I would limit the chillies but it sounds delicious.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Jenny – it’s fine to hold back the chilies

  • Thank you we need more vegetables in our diet and on curry night we are seriously lacking. Have pinned this.

  • Ordinary Cycling Girl

    Looks yummy. Can’t wait to give this one a try!

  • Foz

    Oh this looks nice and simple to make..and sounds tasty too!

  • Jen Walshaw

    I was looking at this earlier when one of the children came past and saw it and they have insisted that I Cook it nest week!

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Jen let me know how it turned out.

  • Oh yum this sounds delicious – love how simple it sounds as well. x

  • Agata Pokutycka

    I think that mango might be a really nice addition to it

  • Indian flavours are a fantastic addition to any gourmet experience so I’d give this a whirl…

  • Oh my yes! I love cabbage cooked in apple juice and think the two tastes go so well together. I love Indian food, especially the vegetable dishes, and would defo want to tuck into this 🙂

  • San King

    Hungry now!!! yuuuummmm!!!!

  • Helen

    This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  • Kara

    Love how simple this sounds. I adore indian food to need to give it a go

  • ok these look amazing! need to try them! x

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