Kohlrabi Curry

Kohlrabi Curry

This kohlrabi and coconut milk curry is a must-try! It’s flavorful and easy to prepare, and it’ll undoubtedly take you to Asia’s warm streets. Kohlrabi Curry is full of flavors that further develop over time, making it even more delicious the next day. It’s delicious served with rice, quinoa, and naan bread.

Kohlrabi is one of those vegetables I recently found and fell in love with. It has a mild taste and a crunchy texture, and it can be eaten raw or cooked.

If you’ve never tried kohlrabi before, you should give this delicacy a try the next time you go to the market. This specific recipe is a delicious way to consume this vegetable, and I hope you (and your entire family!) appreciate it as much as I do.

You will also enjoy Turnip Curry and Chayote Curry

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What Is Kohlrabi?

Kohlrabi, or German turnip, is a type of cruciferous vegetable.

Despite its other name, kohlrabi is neither a root vegetable nor a member of the turnip family. Instead, it is a member of the Brassica genus, including cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.

It is characterized by long leafy stems and a circular bulb, typically purple, light green, or white. On the inside, it’s always white-yellow.

Kohlrabi’s unusual appearance, with many branches emerging from the bulb, has been described as alien-like.

If you’ve ever eaten broccoli stems or cabbage, you’ll recognize the taste and texture of kohlrabi, which is slightly sweeter.

Salads and soups are popular uses for the bulb, but they can also be grilled or sautéed. It has slightly crunchy leaves and stems and can be cooked the same way as collard greens.

Kohlrabi Health Benefits

Kohlrabi is high in nutrients and has a variety of health advantages.

High in Antioxidants

Vitamin C, isothiocyanates, anthocyanins, and glucosinolates are just a few of the antioxidants found in kohlrabi. These plant components protect your cells from free radical damage, which could otherwise put you at risk for disease.

Diabetic, metabolic, and early death risks are reduced by consuming antioxidant-rich foods like kohlrabi.

Promotes Gut Health 

Kohlrabi has a high soluble and insoluble fiber content.

The former is a water-soluble compound that aids in the maintenance of healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels. On the other hand, Insoluble fiber is not broken down in the colon and thus adds bulk to your stool and helps maintain regular bowel movements.

Support Immune System

Kohlrabi’s nutrients may help improve your immune system.

Kohlrabi is a good source of vitamin B6,   needed for red blood cell growth, protein metabolism, and immunological function.

 Vitamin B6 is required to create T-cells and white blood cells and maintain a healthy immune system. This nutritional deficiency has been related to a compromised immune system.

Improve Heart Health

Glucosinolates and isothiocyanates are strong plant chemicals found in cruciferous vegetables like kohlrabi.

Blood vessel widening and anti-inflammatory properties of glucosinolates lessen the risk of heart disease. Furthermore, isothiocyanates contain antioxidant characteristics that may help to keep plaque from forming in your arteries.

Study shows that the 1226 women 70 and older who consumed more than 10 grams of fiber daily from cruciferous vegetables were 13% less likely to die from heart disease.

How To Prepare Kohlrabi Curry?

It is very simple to prepare kohlrabi curry. You just need the following basic ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 large kohlrabi, about 2 pounds, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 green onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2- 3 cups vegetable broth or (1 vegan bouillon cube plus 2-3 cups water)
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Add onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic, green onion, thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add curry powder, cumin powder, and stir.
  3. Add kohlrabi and stir to coat. Add the coconut milk, vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes until kohlrabi is tender and the sauce is reduced to desired thickness. It shouldn’t be watery.
  5. Mash some of the kohlrabies to help thicken the sauce.
  6. Season with salt to taste.

Serving Suggestions

This kohlrabi curry is best served with hot, freshly cooked rice. Serve with flatbread or quinoa. For a complete evening, serve this curry alongside mashed potatoes, pita bread, chickpea pancakes, crackers, or roasted veggies.

Storage Tips

  • Because spices stain, store them in airtight glass containers. Keep refrigerated and eat within two days.
  • It is possible to freeze this kohlrabi curry, but the taste and texture will be affected by the use of coconut milk.
  • Remove it from the freezer and let it reach room temperature before reheating in the microwave or on the stovetop. Use a microwave cover to avoid splattering.

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure to thoroughly remove the tough outer layer of skin, cut it in half and chop it into thin, little cubes. It cooks faster if the pieces are thinner.
  • Using different curry powders, you can adjust the spice level of this dish to your preference. I like to use a mild curry powder since it complements the kohlrabi’s delicate flavor and crisp texture.
  • Extra seasoning/tadka enhances the flavor of the curry and makes it more appealing.
  • For added crunch and flavor, add chana dal to the tadka.
  • You can also use Fresh tamarind juice to make it tangy and more delicious.
  • I used coconut milk. However, you may substitute it with any other plant milk, such as cashew milk, soy milk, or oat milk.
  • You can also add kohlrabi leaves to your curry for an extra flavor boost.
  • Kohlrabi pairs perfectly with potato or spinach. For a change, try adding them the next time.

Other Curry Recipes To Prepare

  1. Coconut Curry Lentils
  2. Jamaican Potato Curry
  3. Black-Eyed Peas Curry
  4. Jamaican Style Chickpea Curry
  5. Curry Cabbage
  6. Butternut Squash Coconut Curry

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Kohlrabi Curry

This kohlrabi and coconut milk curry is a must-try! It’s flavorful and easy to prepare, and it’ll undoubtedly take you to Asia’s warm streets. Kohlrabi Curry is full of flavors that further develop over time, making it even more delicious the next day. It’s delicious served with rice, quinoa, and naan bread.
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: Kohlrabi Curry
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 165kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Add onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic, green onion, thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add curry powder, cumin powder, and stir.
  • Add kohlrabi and stir to coat. Add the coconut milk, vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes until kohlrabi is tender and the sauce is reduced to desired thickness. It shouldn’t be watery.

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 482mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 367IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Boniface
    December 16, 2021

    5 stars
    Thanks for teaching the health benefits of kohlrabi