• 1 head Chinese or Napa cabbage, about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds, outer leaves removed, cut into 2-inch squares
    • 1/2 cup kosher or sea salt
    • 6 scallions, finely chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • One 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
    • 6 tablespoons Korean chili flakes, or crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1 whole habanero chili
    • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds, toasted and slightly crushed


    1. Toss cabbage and salt together in a large glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 4 hours.
    2. Place cabbage—which should now be soft—in a colander. Rinse out the bowl and then, to remove excess salt, rinse the cabbage very well with water, squeeze out excess water and return to bowl.
    3. Add in remaining ingredients and stir together with a wooden spoon. Place into a large, clean glass jar and tamp down to remove any air bubbles. Cover with a lid and let set in a cool, dark place for 2 or 3 days. Open once a day, just to let some air out.
    4. Transfer to a new container and store refrigerated for up to two weeks.

    Read More:
    Low Calorie Recipes: Healthy Cabbage Salad
    Menominee Fennel Braised Cabbage With Wild Rice

    Nirmala Narine is the host of Nirmala's Spice World, a culinary adventure that takes the viewer into a world of exotic spices from around the globe. Nirmala was born in Guyana, South America to parents of Indian descent. Nirmala’s grandfather, an Arya Samaj Hindu Pandit, began teaching her yoga when she was just two years old and entrusted to her ancient Ayurvedic spice recipes, techniques, and treatments to heal the body from within. These simple lifestyle practices were further enriched by her endless discoveries on her many extensive travels around the globe. Nirmala has visited more than 137 countries and counting. At the age of 6, she began to cook in a tiny kitchen with no running water or electricity. When she was 11, her family immigrated to New York City. Today, Nirmala is a sought-after speaker, author, consultant and expert on global food, culture, flavor, fragrance and lifestyle trends. Nirmala has been featured in the NY Times, on CNN, and as the Country Living “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year,” and she is also a frequent guest on The Martha Stewart Show, the CBS Early Show, and the Today Show. When she is not working, she shares her love of Vastu Shastra, farming, and ancient civilization at the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian, and several public schools and orphanages in both hemispheres.