Episode 339. What can we do with Kohlrabi

Join me in today's podcast where I shall be brainstorming a few recipes of what we can do with kohlrabi. An unusual vegetable. I have also split my day working on the plots.

Episode 339 Transcript

Hello and welcome to episode 339 of the veg grower podcast. My names Richard and I am on a mission to grow as much food as I can in my allotment and modern victory garden.

Coming up a little later on I shall be talking about how we can use kohlrabi in the kitchen but first what have I been up to today.

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Well after the migraine I had yesterday it feels great to be able to work in the garden today although today has been the hottest day of the year so far here in the UK. What I have to admit worked rather well was getting to the allotment early and doing a bit of work until it got to hot of which I then returned home. Then in the evening I worked in the garden once it had cooled back down again. Really worked well for me.

While I was on the allotment this morning I did notice that my kohlrabi is growing well and the bottom is starting to swell up nicely which is the first time I have successfully grown this vegetable. But I often hear a question about kohlrabi and how we can use it in the kitchen which is a good question because its not exactly a common vegetable we hear about and so I thought today I would discuss a few ideas of how to use kohlrabi in the kitchen.

Now virtually everything on a kohlrabi plant is edible although the outer skin can be rather fibrous so it might be worth peeling the outer skin. The bulbous bottom is what ill mostly concentrate on today but the leaves and stems are also edible and actually used in a stir fry they taste pretty good.

Something I have found pretty tasty to use kohlrabi in is salads. Simply grate 1 kohlrabi and 1 apple into a bowl. Scatter over some mint leaves and mix well. Drizzle over about 2 teaspoons of lime juice and a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of chilli flakes its a pretty damn good salad.

NExt on my list is kohlrabi soup a pretty easy meal in it self. What we do is gently fry 2 spring onions in a bit of olive oil with 1 chopped garlic clove and about half a chilli also chopped. After about 2 minutes we add a diced kohlrabi and cook until soft.

Then add a splash of soy sauce, a splash of sesame oil, a tablespoon of chopped ginger and 200ml of stock. Chicken or vegetable stock works well. Bring to the boil and simmer for 8 minutes. Then I like to liquidize everything to make a soup that is really tasty.

Kohlrabi is often used in Indian recipes so I thought it was only right that I find a kohlrabi curry to talk about. I have yet to try this recipe but as soon as my plants are ready I will be trying this.

First we going to peel and dice 3 medium kohlrabi and then boil in water until soft. Drain and set to one side.

Then this recipe says to heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and and half a teaspoon of mustard seeds and half a teaspoon of cumin seeds until they pop. Then add 1 diced medium onion and 1 minced clove of garlic. Saute until translucent. Then add 2 chopped medium tomatoes and 2 chopped green chillies and cook until tender.

Now we going to add our boiled kohlrabi, a teaspoon of red chilli powder, a pinch of salt and half a cup of water. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes till nice and thick. Then we serve with rice. It sounds absolutely delicious.

For my final recipe idea today is simply roasted kohlrabi. Very simply trim and peel the kohlrabi. Cut the kohlrabi into evenly sized pieces. Place these chunks on a roasting pan drizzle over olive oil and sprinkle over salt. Cook in a hot oven until tender and the edges brown then serve.

Well there you go 4 recipes for kohlrabi if you happen to be growing it but if you have any recipes you would like to share for this vegetable then please get in touch.

Email me richard@theveggrowerpodcast.co.uk. Visit the website and leave a comment at www.theveggrowerpodcast.co.uk or you can find me on social media just search for the veg grower podacst. Thank you so much for listening please take care and ill speak to you again next time.

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