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kohlrabi – What it is and what to do with it!

Kohlrabi is a turnip/cabbage hybrid, crisp & crunchy, tastes a bit like brocolli. It can be eaten cooked or raw. Here’s some syn free/low syn recipe ideas for you to try:


Absolutely perfect made into a coleslaw – shred it with an equal amount of shredded carrot, half the amount of sliced radish & spring onions, mix with fat free from frais, mustard powder or horseradish, lemon juice & seasoning. Add some sliced apple for sweetness.

Kholrabi Salad with a Lime & Coriander Dressing

Peel, thinly slice and make a lime & corinder dressing. Equal amounts of lime juice, rice or white wine vinegar, juice & zest of half an orange, 1/2 cup of chopped fresh coriander & seasoning and mix together.

Kohlrabi Mash

You can also boil & mash it and eat like mashed potato. Try mixing it half & half with other veg such as carrot, swede or brocolli for extra flavour & sweetness.  Great to use as a topping for cottage pie etc.

Baked Kohlrabi

Beautiful when baked, just peel & slice it up, arrange in an ovenproof dish, spray with fry light, season and bake for 30 mins.  It brings out the sweetness and gets a little caramelised for added flavour.

Kohlrabi Chips/Fries

Chip them or cut into scallops and bake like SW chips to serve as a side.

Kohlrabi Gratin

Peel, cut into chunks, parboil, throw in artichokes or chunks of ham (if a meat eater) and mix with a low syn creamy sauce, top with herby breadcrumbs (synned) & bake for 30 mins until golden.

Leek & Kohlrabi Soup 

Make a creamy soup. Use the recipe on the Slimming World website for leek & potato soup (as this one is great & synfree) Just substitute the potato for the kohlrabi.

Kohlrabi Hash Browns

Equal amounts of grated kohlrabi & carrot, spring onion, season and mix with a beaten egg (if vegan use flax egg), shape into patties/fritters, spray with fry light & cook on a griddle or dry fry pan on a low heat until golden.

Kohlrabi Tagine/Curry

It’s sweetness makes it a great choice for tagines or curries – just substitute or add in addition to potato in any recipe.  The ‘Sweet Potato and Carrot Tagine’ recipe on the Slimming World website is amazing, as is the ‘South Indian Vegetable Curry’ & ‘Root Vegetable Biryani’  All worth trying using this wonderful vegetable!



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