Kohlrabi / Knolkol / Navilkosu Upkari

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Navilkosu / Kohlrabi / Knolkol Upkari

How long it takes: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 4-5

Kohlrabi/German Turnip in English is Navilkosu in Kannada and Knolkol / Noolkol in Hindi.  It belongs to Brassica family of cabbage, cauliflower, and the like. Though the taste resembles that of cabbage it is not as popular as it does not cook and combine easily with the other veggies like cabbage, cauliflower or potatoes.  We have been in the habit of having this curry since childhood and I have modified the usual course of cooking it a bit for convenience and flavour. I think it is really easy to prepare and is good for beginners and amateurs. Here it is.

What you need to have:

1. Fresh tender turnip chopped – 3 cups

2. Green chilly – 3-4

3. Green Peas – 1/3 cup

4. Potato – 1 (Medium)

5. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

6. Blackgram dal – 1 Teaspoon

7. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

8. Asafoetida powder – 1 Teaspoon

9. Cumin seeds – 3/4 Teaspoon

10. Fresh grated coconut – A handful

11. Salt -to taste

12. Cooking oil – 2-3 Teaspoons

Fresh Kohlrabi (courtesy: Wikipedia)

                                                                                                                        Peeled Kohlrabi / Knolkol

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and peel turnip and also chop it fine and keep it aside. Wash and peel potato and chop it  too. Wash and slit green chilly, grate coconut and keep aside as shown in Image-2.                                                                                                                                                                                    Ingredients of Knolkol/Navilkosu Upkari

2. Place a cooker with 3-4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on low flame. When hot, add mustard seeds to it. Add blackgram dal when it starts spluttering. When fried add slit green chilly, cumin seeds, asafoetida powder, turmeric powder in a row. Add green peas and fry for a while in the seasoning.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seasoning in progress

                                                                                                              Green peas being fried in the seasoning

3. Finally add chopped knolkol, chopped potatoes, salt and also fresh grated coconut and very little water to cook. Place the pressure whistle and cook for about 15-20 minutes.                                                                                                                                                                                             Chopped veggies, salt being added to the seasoning

4. When pressure is released, it is ready to be served with rice and rasam.  It also tastes great with curd rice.

                                                                                                        Ready to serve Knolkol / Navilkosu Upkari

How long it takes: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 4-5

Good to remember:

1. The veggie should be tender for this dish. To know whether it is tender or not just prick with your nails and it should prick in / indent easily.

2. Using potatoes makes for a good combination for the dish. However it does not cook too well together; so one has to pressure cook and expect that they will taste and feel separate in texture. Green peas has been added to enhance the visual appeal of the dish and also for flavour.

3. This curry is a good side dish with curd rice too.


3 thoughts on “Kohlrabi / Knolkol / Navilkosu Upkari

    Savitha said:
    July 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm


    I will try this and let you know, looks very good. I think we can use this as side dish with chapathi too.


    Savitha said:
    July 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Hi aunty,

    I prepared this upkari tonight for chapathi. Awesome taste.

    Thanks for this recipe too.


      prathibalrao responded:
      July 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      Hi Savitha,

      Thanx a lot for ur feed back.

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