Sunday, May 08, 2011

Kohlrabi Dhal Curry

Spring is in full bloom here!!! The days are sunny, yet a slight bit cold... Flowers smiling with different colours in every corner... The first time I landed in Germany was in April 2008 (three years back!!). It was a beautiful Spring and I immediately fell in love with the place. Those initial days are sweet memories. My husband used to take me around to places nearby. I enjoyed every bit of it. With nothing to do(I mean, with no job), relaxing my days at home, trying my hands on cooking and experimenting with my husband... :D Just Nostalgia!!

I've been out of Bloggers world for more than a month now. I had a little setback in health. So I had to take rest and hence the break. I'm fine now. I felt really happy when I saw some comments from my blogger friends who took notice of my absence. Thank you very much dears. It is touching to know that I have been missed :-) To be honest, I really missed blogging and the pleasure of it. My dashboard is full of new exciting recipes, which I'm yet to check out one by one.

Now, I would like to share with you, something I tried out this weekend. It is a simple Daal curry, yet with a vegetable, which is quite new for me - Kohlrabi. I never knew it until I saw this veggie in Germany. Usually, I'm not yet brave enough to give a try to an unknown vegetable. So, Kohlrabi had never been in my shopping list. Once when we visited Umm Mymoonah's home, she introduced me to this vegetable. So, I tried this simple Dhal curry and it came out really well.

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Serves: 4
Mysore Dhal - 1/2 cup
Moong Dhal - 1/2 cup
Kohlrabi - 1 or 2
Onion - 1
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Sambar Powder - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 2
Garlic - 3-4 pods
Hing - a pinch
Flat Parsley leaves - a handful, finely chopped
To saute:
Red chillies - 2
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Wash the dhals and take them in a small pressure cooker. Cut onion into slightly big pieces. Remove the stalks, leaves and skin of the Kohlrabi and then cut it into one inch cubes. Add the spice powders, green chillies, garlic, hing and parsley leaves along with the cut onions and Kohlrabi into the cooker. Add required amount of water. Close the cooker and let them cook for about 2-3 whistles.

Heat oil in a small sauté pan. Add mustard seeds and when they splutter, add the other items and sauté. When the steam has been released, open the cooker lid, add the sautéd items and give a sitr. Enjoy this Dal with hot steamed white rice or chapathis.

  • Depending upon the type of Dhal you use and the size of the Kohlrabi you have taken, the amount of water needs to be adjusted.
  • If you do not have parsley leaves, you can add curry leaves while sautéing too.


  1. Really happy to hear you are feeling better ~ take care , hugs n welcome back! Really enjoyed your write up . I have never cooked with kohlrabi so thanks for introducing me to a new recipe n a new ingredient :)
    US Masala

  2. Wow thats a fabulous looking dal curry with kohlrabi, i do the same way too..Love with papads and rice..

  3. Es freut mich(ich hoffe dass ich das richtige Wort geschrieben habe) wieder dein Kommentar und Post zu sehen. Bitte verzeihe mir wenn ich grammatische Fehler gemacht habe. This recipe seems similar to sambar without the vegetables and ich habe bemerkt that there is no tamrind. Mixed dal preparations gefaellt mir sehr.

  4. yup u have been missed...great come back with this dal prep..always welcome in my household

  5. Good to see you back...the daal looks very delightful.

  6. Glad u r back & doin fine!!! This is a healthy & tasty dish..A perfect come back !!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. hope u r o.k nw.........this is a new veggie to me........nd i dont think ill get it here.....but ur dish looks awesome........

  8. Glad to see you back posting! The Kohlrabi Dhal Curry looks simple & delicious.

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  10. glad to see you back :) The dal looks very inviting! to answer your q, kokum is easily googlable - they are black dried things like tamarind - I have a few recipes on my blog with kokum --- do check out...

  11. First time here....
    dal curry looks healthy and delicious...
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  12. O yea you've been missed! Great come back with a new ingredient - I've never come across, let alone cooked with kohlrabi. Knowing Ayeesha, I'm not surprised that she introduced you to this veggie :) Anyways, good to have you back and take care of your health. I've been struggling with a real bad case of flu for more than two weeks now--bummer!

  13. welcome back dear :-) good to hear that you are charged up now. this dal looks fabulous

    Hamaree Rasoi

  14. always loved the look of kohlrabi but never tried it...if it can be "daaled" i wouldn mind making it for roti!!

  15. Oh! Yumm, those days are really memorable for me. Take good care of your health. BTW thank you for mentioning about me :)

  16. Hey not to worry much about those missing comments....I had the same issue. Per blogger they are working on reinstating the comments soon. Let's see :)

    Thanks much for being such a sweetheart and for all your lovely notes!

  17. Glad to know you're feeling better and back! Great use of the kohlrabi!

  18. glad to know u r doing well now and yup did miss ur posts - sending across cheers n wishes, kohlrabi is nook-khol right? nice curry with lentils ! pic looks comforting & hearty !

  19. Wonderful bowl of creamy comfort food!! Yum

  20. Ich bitte dich Verzeihung um, weil immerwenn man ein falches Wort schreibt oder grammatische Fehler macht, es gibt Gelegenheit für Mißverständnis. If I am not imposing on you,bitte erklärst du,was bedeutet 'du kriegst die nur nach ein Paar Tagen wieder zurück' Bedeutet es "you will get it back after a few days'?

  21. Looks wonderful and sure would have tasted good.

  22. Thanks for trying out the dum aloo.. Yes I used the thin skinned baby potatoes.. that tasted good... Very glad you liked it...
    Event: Serve It-Chilled

  23. That is a totally delicious looking bowl of dal! YUM!

  24. Dal is such a comfort food to me and this looks perfect and yummy..just need a bowl of white rice to finish this..mmm..delish!

  25. dal is one of my absolute favs..can have it any time any day continuously

  26. Dear friends, thank you each and every one of you for all your wishes and kind words... :-)

  27. Anytime comfort food with rice can have it anytime of the day...

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  29. that looks truly delicious...I ma following u dear...

  30. Hai dear..Thanks for dropping in

    Yes the eggs can be replaced by tofu or paneer

  31. I haven't added kohlrabi before looks delicious