Monji Haakh – Kohlrabi

Immersed in summer mountain vegetables is happiness. Kashmir is a place that gives me that.IMG_0064

Traveling through this tormented paradise brings out some bittersweet emotions. The consistent source of joy besides the rocking landscape is the produce that feeds the souls. The streets are of full of apples, peaches, and pears freshly picked from the nearby trees and accompanied by so many vegetables that you cannot stop filling up your bags to take home.

Kohlrabi is an important part of the Kashmiri diet and prepared with its leaves and served with a light gravy and eaten with rice. Monji Haakh is a simple dish and packs flavor and nutrition. .The key difference in taste I find comes from the use of Mustard oil. You can always substitute with regular vegetable oil. I used a pressure cooking but you don’t have to, it cooks just fine in a regular pot.







Monji Haakh @foodforthesoul






Monji Haakh @foodforthesoul

Monji Haakh: Kohlrabi made Kashmiri Style

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A Kashmiri vegetarian delight



  • Kohlrabi ( 4 large)
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 green chilies
  • Garlic cloves – 5
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 pinch asafetida
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp ground ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and peel the Kohlrabi and cut into slices. Remove the stems from the greens.
  • Chop 4-5 cloves of garlic, 1 onion, and  1 round plump tomato.
  • In a pan use a tablespoon of mustard oil and heat until sizzling.
  • Add garlic, 2 green chilies,  onion and 1 tsp of cumin seeds.
  • Fry for about 30 secs and add a pinch of hing ( asafetida)
  • Add the Kohlrabi pieces and fry for about 3 mins or so, add tomatoes,  cayenne, turmeric,  ground coriander,  ground ginger, and salt to taste.
  • Fry the spices for a couple of mins and then add the greens. Add baking soda and a cup of water. I use a pressure cooker to cook everything at this point for about 4-5 whistles. If using a regular pot, let it cook on medium heat until the vegetable is tender
  • Note: If using a pressure cooker, open the lid of the cooker immediately to retain green color of the greens.
  • Serve hot with rice and enjoy.

Sharing at Fiesta Friday where co-hosts this week areJhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and Diann @ Of Goats and Greens


16 Comments Add yours

  1. What a beautiful and fragrant dish Zeba! Enjoy your vacation. It looks beautiful.


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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment Johanne ❤️

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  2. Jhuls says:

    I could almost smell this dish from here! I frel hungry now! 😢 Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party! Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thanks you Jhuls. It is such a simple dish with so much flavor. Hope you try it out 😘

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  3. Thank you for this, I see kohlrabi at my local market every week but have never been sure what to do with it! How does it taste?

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    1. Hi Elaine, The bulb peeled and sliced raw tastes delicious on a salad or just a snack. Tastes like a mild turnip raw or in the curry sauce.

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  4. Sandhya says:

    Next time I see tender kohlrabi in the market, I know what I am making:) Of course the taste of those freshly picked veggies and fruit you describe is beyond compare! Great share Zeba.

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  5. It sounds great, Zeba! I never know what to do with kohlrabi except eating it raw or adding it in salad. I used to grow it, too, the gigantic Kossak variety. And we all looked at the huge balls with amazement and didn’t know what to do 😄 Btw, when you’re done traveling, would you be willing to cohost?


    1. Thanks Angie. Kohlrabi is such and underused vegetable and so delicious. I am back now and happy to cohost. Let me know when you need someone

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      1. How about September 14? Is that a good week for you?


      2. Great! Thanks! 😘


  6. Eartha says:

    Hi Zeba! I’ve always been curious about kohlbari and how to cook it. I see it a lot in Canadian grocery stores. Glad I came across this recipe – will save it. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Eartha. The bulb is pretty good eaten raw to but I know you will enjoy cooking it in these flavorful spices!

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