Friday, February 21, 2014

Noolkol Kootu | Kohlrabi with dhal

Few days back , I got fresh noolkol aka kohlrabi with greens keeping this kootu in mind.
This  kootu is very very simple to make with few ingredients but trust me the result will amaze you.

Generally this is counted as a sidedish for rice along with any kuzhambu or rasam in TamilNadu. But, as an alternate, make a spicy vegetable and make this kootu as a main dish too .Choice is yours...

In another post , I will show you how to use the Kohlrabi greens too.


Noolkol | Kohlrabi                       2 cups( Peeled and chopped)
Moong Dhal                                1/2 cup
Turmeric powder                         3/4 tsp
Coconut shredded                       1/4 cup
Dry red chilli                                2
Cumin seeds                                1/2 tsp

Asafoetida                                   1/4 tsp
Salt                                              to taste


Coconut oil                                    1 1/2 tsp ** see note
Mustard seeds                               1 tsp
Urad Dhal                                      1 tsp
Curry leaves                                  1 sprig


  • In a small pressure cooker , add moong dal first and top it up with noolkol and add turmeric.
  • Add enough water so that there is 2 inches of water above the vegetable.
  • Pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • Meanwhile grind coconut,red chillies and cumin seeds to a smooth paste.
  • Add this ground paste to the vegetables along with salt and asafoetida.
  • Allow it to boil for 5 minutes and turn off the heat.
  • Heat a small pan with add coconut oil and add the ingredients given for tempering.
  • Once mustard crackles and urad turns golden add curry leaves and pour this tempering over the vegetable.

Enjoy this kootu with steaming rice.


Coconut oil brings a wonderful aroma to this kootu.Replace with vegetable oil,if you cannot find coconut oil.

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