Cabbage thoran is a side dish for rice .It is served for a humble home meal and for elaborate feast too.Cabbage goes well with meat dishes without over powering flavor and also with strict vegetarian Kerala sadhya . Adding garlic is optional ,but I would recommend adding it.
When you make meat dishes like nadan kozhi curry or beef ularthiyathu etc..need some vegetable to balance
hee..hhee....appearance wise too.. it acts as a filler side dish..
Ripe green chili imparts a sweet smell and the red stand out too.Ya..the same one u trash out thinking its ripe..
Try it u will feel the difference instantly.