Mullangi Curry! You will love this Indian style Radish Stir fry recipe! Radish also known as mullangi in South Indian languages and mooli in Hindi is a root vegetable well known for its health benefits. Not only the root vegetable but also its leaves are used to make various dishes. While the veggie is used to make dishes like Sambar, curry, kootu, chutney, stir fry and parathas, the leaves are simply stir fried to make a side dish. This Mullangi curry /stir fry is the way my Mom would make and we love it for the simplicity and the delicious taste.
This dish is kids’ friendly and my kids have eaten this for many years, believing it to be potato. Yes you won’t know it is mullangi! I am sure you can get even the pickiest kids to enjoy this dish.
Mullangi is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. So it is recommended to use them regularly in our diet. Radish can be eaten raw in salads and raita but should be avoided by people having thyroid problems. They are best stir fried, roasted or steamed before consumption.
This recipe is made the simplest way with the use of tempering spices like cumin and mustard. A small amount of tomato is sauteed to impart a tangy taste and flavor to the dish. Later grated mullangi is stir fried and then spiced.
Coconut, sesame seeds, coarsely crushed roasted peanuts can be sprinkled towards the end if they fit into your diet. If you are new to radish here are few tips that may help you.
- Always choose young radish. The mature ones sometimes lend a bitter taste once they are cooked.
- If you do not like the flavor of this veggie, simply add some salt to the grated or fine chopped veggie. Toss and set the bowl aside. After 30 mins, squeeze and extract the juice. Discard this and use the rest to cook. This is not a healthy way but makes it taste better. I do not follow this step.
- You can also make this with some soaked moong dal. Temper the soaked moong dal and cook in just little water until soft. The dal should not be mushy and hold shape with no moisture in the pan. At this stage, add the radish and stir fry. Spice up with green chillies.
How to Make Mullangi Curry (Stepwise photos)
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- 250 grams radish (mullangi)
- 1 medium tomato chopped (optional)
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds / jeera
- 1 pinch hing (optional)
- 1 teaspoon chana dal (optional)
- 1 teaspoon urad dal (optional)
- ⅛ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 green chilli slit
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
- 1 garlic clove or ½ tsp ginger crushed
- 2 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped finely
- 1 to 2 tablespoon oil (adjust to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Optional (use any one)
- 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts skinned & crushed
- 1 teaspoon Sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons Coconut
- Rinse radish thoroughly under running water, If using the leaves, open up the leaves and wash thoroughly.
- Peel the skin and rinse the radish well.
- Grate or chop radish finely. Set aside the chopped leaves.
- Heat oil in a fry pan. Add cumin, mustard and dal. Fry until the dal turn golden.
- Add curry leaves, green chilli, garlic and ginger fry till you get a nice aroma.
How to Make Mullangi Curry
- Next add hing, tomatoes (optional), salt and turmeric. Fry till the tomatoes turn pulpy and dry.
- Add red chili powder (optional) and fry for a minute.
- Next add the grated radish and fry on a high flame till it is cooked, half cooked or full cooked to suit your choice.
- Add radish leaves or coriander leaves, Fry till they wilt.
- Sprinkle crushed peanuts or coconut or sesame seeds.
- Serve mullangi curry with rice or roti.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
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