As a part of my our final series of exploring Recipes from Karnataka this month, I would like to share a simple and healthy Navalkol Palya. This is a simple stir fry that goes well with Phulkas , rotis and Rice. This is a simple recipe that can be easily made by an newbie who wants to learn cooking or even for bachelors.I am sure your family will be impressed. Simple recipes are always the best.
The taste and texture of kohlrabi are similar to those of a broccoli stem or cabbage heart, but milder and sweeter, with a higher ratio of flesh to skin. The young stem in particular can be as crisp and juicy as an apple, although much less sweet .
The bulbous kohlrabi stem is frequently used raw in salad or slaws. It has a texture similar to that of a broccoli stem, but with a flavor that is sweeter and less vegetal.It is also known as Navila Kosu in Karnataka.
Kohlrabi leaves are edible and can be used interchangeably with collard greens and kale. Source:Internet
Recipe for Navalkol Palya:
4 Medium Sized Navalkol / Kohlrabi
1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
3 Red Dry Chillies roughly torn
Salt to Taste
1 Tsp Coconut cream
1/2 Cup grated fresh coconut
1/2 Tsp Urad dal / uddina bele
1/2 Tsp Channa dal / kadale bele
10 Curry leaves
1/2 Tsp Oil
Wash Navalkol and peel the skin. Finely chop them and keep it aside. Take a wide bottom pan. Add oil. Now add channa dal and urad dal .Ensure you do not burn .Once they turn slightly brown add mustard seeds and asafoetida.
Once the mustard seeds splutter add red chillies and mix well. Later add the chopped navalkol and mix well. Add salt , 1/2 cup water and keep it on medium flame. Cover the lid and allow it to cook for about 15-20 mins.Once the vegetable is cooked add coconut cream and grated coconut and mix well. Mix well and let it cook for about 1-2 minutes.
Once done garnish with curry leaves and serve with Rotis /Phulkas /Hot Rice.