Kohlrabi Sambhar — Take Three

coneflowers

coneflowers in the perennial bed

I always get a kick out of revisiting old posts – especially when I’ve been away from the blog awhile. Such have been my recent evenings, lazily going back in time and rediscovering lots of fun and food. It’s quite relaxing until it makes me hungry and I find myself rummaging in the kitchen — in search of something quick to whip up to quell that late-night craving!

We’re finally beginning to pick a few things from the garden — most everything is a month behind this year due to a chilly spring. Tonight I snapped up the three kohlrabi plants that had actually formed a bulb — most were stolen by slugs until I learned the cornmeal trick, but that’s for another day. I salvaged a few nice looking leaves and peeled the baby bulbs, thinking I’d cook them with the greens for something simple at work tomorrow. If you’ve never tried them, the aroma of fresh kohlrabi greens simmering is one of the greatest culinary delights! I learned this long ago from Anita, and I have made her delicious monjji haak countless times since.

This concoction was merrily bubbling away tonight when suddenly I wanted more. I wanted sambhar. I remembered its two previous incarnations here and here, but I wasn’t so ambitious. Then I remembered the sweet and sour khichiri I made last week when G had an upset stomach. Oh, such a happy revelation for my lazy self! All I had to do was toss that into the simmering pot, add the cubed kohlrabi, some sambhar powder and just a splash of tamarind water and voila! Instant, if somewhat uninspired, kohlrabi sambhar, my very favorite, appeared before my eyes, complete with built-in rice 🙂

instant kohlrabi sambhar

instant kohlrabi sambhar

garlic and baby kohlrabi

baby kohlrabi on the right, on the left is garlic!

baby kohlrabi

the baby kohlrabi forming a bulb

Happy Monday!

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1 Comment »

  1. Shammi said

    What’s the cornmeal trick, Linda? I hate losing plants to slugs. I don’t sweat blood and shed tears over the teeny weeny garden I have, just to grow things for slugs and snails to eat :-{

    Oh, I hear you Shammi — and we are ‘no kill’ around here (don’t ask me about the part of the yard reserved for tomato horn worms last year…). But I don’t grow for the bugs either! Cornmeal is the best organic way I’ve found to catch the critters. Just take a jar with about 3-4 TB cornmeal in it. Lay it on its side near the plants your slugs love. They LOVE cornmeal. I forget what about it kills them but it does help cut down the population. Just be sure they can slide on in (ewww).

    Good luck!!! 🙂

    PS what are you growing??

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