Spicy Knol Khol Rice

Kohlrabi is known as Knol Khol in Tamil. This belongs to the family of vegetables which has sulphur, like cabbage, cauliflower, radish, broccoli etc. It’s very rich in fibre, minerals and vitamins, specially vitamin C and B vitamins. It has lot of water too. It’s mildly sweet and has a crisp texture. It aids weight loss. 
Few days back I made a spicy rice with Knol Khol and moong dal as I wanted to make a quick and a healthy one pot meal. It’s my own recipe and very happy to say that it came out really well. It’s very simple to make. Every one at home liked it, especially my son who said that it was extraordinary:)



Cooked rice – 4 cups

Chopped knol kohl – 2 cups

Moong dal – 1/2 cup

Ghee – 2 tsps

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Lemon juice – 2 tsps

For the Masala


Grated coconut – 1 cup

Cumin seeds ( jeera) – 2 tsps

Green chillies – 5-6

Almond flakes – 1 tbsp

For the tempering 


Ghee – 3 tsps

Mustard – 1 tsp

Split urad dal ( black gram/ ullundhu)- 1 tsp

Chana dal ( Bengal gram/ kadalaparuppu)- 1 tsp

Cashew nuts – 2 tbsps

Roasted peanuts – 2 tbsps

Curry leaves – 2-3 sprigs

Hing ( asafoetida/ perungayam)- 1/4th tsp



Grind the ingredients mentioned for the masala to a coarse paste without adding water. Keep it aside.

Wash and soak moong dal for 15-20 mins. Drain well and keep it aside.

Heat 2 tsps of ghee in a pan. Add the chopped Knol Khol, moong dal, turmeric powder, salt to taste and 1/2 cup of water. Mix well. Check for the seasonings. Reduce the flame, close the pan with a lid and cook till the vegetable and dal becomes soft and dry. 

Add the cooked rice and the ground masala to the pan and mix well. Sauté for a min.

Heat 3 tsps of ghee in a pan. Add mustard. When it starts spluttering, add split urad dal, chana dal, cashew nuts, peanuts, curry leaves and hing. Sauté till the cashew and peanuts turn golden. Add the tempering to the rice and mix well. Add the lemon juice and mix well again. 

Serve the rice hot with raita of your choice and papad or chips:)

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