Southern Cuisine aka Soul Food, by way of my Granny, gave me my first lessons in the kitchen. One of the dishes I learned to make was a condiment called “Cha Cha” or known as “Chow Chow” in some areas on the U.S. I know what you’re thinking, what is this “Cha Cha” this lady speaks of? Hold tight. I’ve got a story.
Cha Cha is magic. It’s hybrid of a relish/condiment/slaw. It’s a combination of hearty vegetables like cabbage, tomatoes, onions, spices and vinegar, and are blended together to make a tangy topping for your chicken, greens, cornbread, etc. In my eyes, its a slaw, relish, salad, side dish, all of the above. This little slaw type mixture can go really far. Growing up, my Granny made Cha Cha by the ton, it’s truly a standing tradition in my family. My uncle has taken over where my Granny left off, and I know she would be proud. Cha Cha is such a unique flavor. Spicy, Tangy, Sweet. I just love the components of Cha Cha, and one day I thought, “Why not pull this together somehow and create this in a side dish form.?” Insert my twist on Cha Cha. This is a dish that pairs perfect with rice, pasta, pork or chicken. It versatile. For my twist on this classic, recipe I used a red purple cabbage, and turned this into a dish that screams “comfort meal.” Thanks Granny, for inspiring this one. Oh, it Vegan Friendly. 🙂
Grab the recipe below.
- 1 Large Red Cabbage, halved, and chopped slaw style
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 1 small green bell pepper, diced
- 1 Tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
- 1/2-3/4 cup Water
- 3/4 cup Apple Cider Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/4 cup White Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Heavy pinch of Black Pepper
- In a heavy bottomed pot, heat grapeseed oil.
- To the pot on medium heat, add cabbage, vegetables, and fennel seeds, stir to combine.
- Add Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Water and stir until well combined and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, and cover with lid and cook for 1 hour until tender.
- In the last 20 minutes of cooking add Apple Cider Vinegar and stir well to combine.
- Serve and Enjoy!
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