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?

Other variations of sambharo are also listed in my blog:

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