Naval Kol Bhaji / Kohlrabi Stir-fry

Navalkol Bhaji
Green Kohlrabi called as Navalkol in Marathi and Navilkosu in Kannada, belongs to the cabbage family.  My Mom used to make this stir fry very often.  Just like cabbage, this vegetable in available in two colors - green and purple.  I was quite hesitant about the purple one, as I haven't seen that back in India.  Anyway, I picked the green bulbs and Navalkohl Bhaji with Chana Dal was part of our healthy vegetarian meal today.

Green Kohlrabi Bulbs/Naval kol - 3 medium
Green Kohlrabi/Naval kol leaves - about 8 (tender)
Chana Dal/Split Bengal gram/Split chickpeas - 1/4 cup
Cilantro/Coriander leaves - few sprigs
Onion - 1 medium (optional)
Garlic - 4 big cloves
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cayenne pepper/Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala or any spice mix - 1/8 tsp

How to cook Green Kohlrabi:
  • Soak chana dal in water for 20 - 30 minutes.  If time permits, soak dal longer to reduce the cooking time.  You can use any other dal like Mung Dal, Toor Dal as well.   
  • Medium chop the onions.  Crush the garlic cloves.  Finely chop kohlrabi and cilantro leaves.  Peel the skin of kohlrabi bulbs and cut them into bite size pieces.  Place the diced kohlrabi in a bowl of water.
  • Heat a pan/skillet and add 1 - 2 tbsp oil.  Add mustard seeds and crushed garlic.  When mustard seeds pop, add diced onions and saute till onions turn soft.  Add washed chana dal and 1 cup water.  Cook it covered until chana dal turns soft.
navalkol or navilkosu or kohlrabi
  • Add diced kohlrabi bulbs, chopped kohlrabi leaves.  Add about 1/2 cup water and cook it covered till kohlrabi pieces turn soft.  Cooking time depends on the tenderness of the bulbs.  Add more water if required.
  • After both kohlrabi pieces and chana dal are cooked, add salt, garam masala, chopped cilantro, cayenne pepper.  Cook it covered for 3 - 5 minutes or till water is lost. 
Serve hot Nool kol Bhaaji with chapati/phulka/roti.


  1. hi uma,
    i always used to c this vegetable in the market often but always wondering what to cook with it ,i never came across anybody who made the dish with this veggie...thanks for sharing this uma looks delicious with the roti i too can prepare :)

  2. This is something new to me. I am seeing this veggie for the first time too.. Looks good.

  3. curry looks really good, excellent with chapati

  4. I rarely get this kohlrabi with leaves, curry looks wholesome and yummy..

  5. bhaji looks yummy..adding chana dal was a nice idea..

  6. very nice & healthy curry..i have not eaten this before but would love to taste

  7. I always wondered what kinda vege this grocery section...I will try now ..thanks!

  8. Looks to me..greens with channa dal must have surely tasted great..will try this,thanks for sharing.

  9. really deliicous and healthy choice.i always experimenting with new veggies.. nice try and yummy one.. addition of channa make it more tasty and healthy

  10. Looks delicious...after long time i saw this veggie..

  11. loved this Maharashtrian curry!

  12. never used or had this veggie before..looks yummie!


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