Thursday, August 7, 2008

Peerkangai, nool kol kootu(Ridge guard & Kohl rabi)

Ridge guard(Peerkangai) is one of the most commonly available vegetables. Kohlrabi which is often called as German turnip(Nool kol in Tamil) has more nutritive values. Though it seems to be small it is rich in potassium and vitamins. Here is one of the recipes with the perfect combination of both. (Can be prepared with either one or both together in the same method.)


  • Ridge guard-1
  • Kohlrabi-1/2
  • Large Onion-1
  • Garlic-4
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 spoon
  • Masala/Sambar powder(or Chilli powder)-1/2 spoon
  • Asafoetida-1/4 spoon
  • Toor dhal-50 g
  • Coconut(grated)-2 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds(jeera)-1 spoon
  • Salt

For seasoning:
Mustard, Cumin seeds, Red chillies, Curry leaves


  • Wash the toor dhal and soak it in water for 10 minutes.
  • Peel off the skin of ridge guard and kohlrabi and make into pieces.
  • Cut kohl rabi into smaller pieces than that of ridge guard as it takes longer time to be cooked.
  • Grind the onion , coconut,and jeera into a paste.
  • Now add the soaked dhal, cut pieces of ridge guard, kohl rabi in required amount of water.
  • Add garlic,asafoetida,turmeric powder, masala/chilli powder, grinded paste to the it and cook in a pressure cooker.
  • Allow it for one or two whistles according to the cooker type.
  • Finally heat oil in a pan and add mustards. When it start to splutter, just add one red chilli (for flavour),cumin seeds and the curry leaves.
  • Mix it with the cooked kootu with required amount of salt.
  • Serve it with plain rice or chappathi.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your recipes are very good. Write more