mullangi curry

Mullangi Curry | Radish Stir Fry

Updated: December 20, 2023, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

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.

mullangi curry is Indian style radish stir fry

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.

Radish stir fry goes well, mixed with hot rice and Ghee or as a side with Rasam-rice & Sambar-rice. It also goes with roti, bhakri and chapatis.

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 cooking radish read my pro tips section below.

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How to Make Mullangi Curry (Stepwise photos)

1. Rinse 2 to 3 medium radish (about 250 grams) thoroughly under running water. If you prefer to use the leaves, open them up and rinse thoroughly. Peel the skin and rinse the radish well. If you are using organic vegetables then you may keep the skin on and just rinse them well.

2. Grate in a food processer or chop them finely. Shake off the water from the leaves and chop them. Keep them separately.

3. On a medium flame, heat 1 to 2 tablespoons oil in a fry pan. Add

  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal (optional). Let fry until the dal turns golden.

4. Add

  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 slit or chopped green chilli
  • 1 garlic clove crushed or half teaspoon grated ginger.

5. Next add

  • 1 pinch hing
  • 1 medium tomato chopped (optional)
  •  ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon turmeric. Sauté till the tomatoes turn pulpy and dry.

6. Stir in half teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder or red chili flakes (optional) and saute for a minute.

7. Next add the grated radish.

8. Saute on a high flame till it is cooked, half cooked or full cooked to suit your choice.

9. Add radish leaves or coriander leaves, Fry till they wilt, for about 3 minutes or longer.

10. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons roasted crushed peanuts or 2 tablespoons raw or desiccated coconut or 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds.

Serve mullangi curry with rice or roti.

mullangi curry radish stir fry

Pro Tips

  • 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.

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Recipe Card

Mullangi Curry - Radish Stir Fry

Mullangi Curry (Radish Stir Fry)

4.97 from 54 votes
This Indian style radish stir fry is healthy, delicious and simple to make. Serve it with hot rice and ghee or with roti, paratha or any flat breads.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 250 grams (2 to 3 medium) 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)
  • teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 green chilli slit
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder (optional or red chili flakes as needed)
  • 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 (raw or unsweetened desiccated)


Prepare radish

  • 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. Shake off excess water from the leaves and chop them. Keep them aside separately.
  • 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.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Mullangi Curry (Radish Stir Fry)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 500mg14%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 680IU14%
Vitamin C 49.7mg60%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Tried this recipe and it tastes amazing. Thanks for the recipe

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Thank You. Tastes delicious with coconut. This was my first time being able to make radish so well.

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Thank You. Tastes delicious with coconut.

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Outstanding recipe with the a very nice balance between crunchiness, tanginess, spicy and herbal flavoring – and its healthy ! I did not have Hing at home but it turned out well without it …..I did amp up the heat a bit more !

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Hi, how long should the dal be soaked for prior to frying? Thanks

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My husband initially only wanted a tablespoon of subji, but after one bite he completely devoured the entire bowl. I used roasted peanuts. It was delicious. I did not know that Mullangi can be so tasty. Thank you

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Hi Swasthi

The recipes are simple and easy to cook for a beginner like me.
I have never cooked before but wanted to learn cooking. I have followed your instructions and have managed to cook panner makhani, panner Butter masala, palak panner, butter kulcha, bitter gourd palya and raddish palya. To my surprise everything that cooked had come out well. Big thanks to your recipes.
The picture description makes it even more easier to cook.

Lets me know if there is an app that can be downloaded.

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Hi swasti..the recipe looks interesting..can you please tell me if the raddish water can be used or do we need to squeeze it out before adding to the pan?

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Hi Swasthi, I really likes your receipies which is very much connected to my taste buds. thanks a lot. please upload more and more taste full receipies. good luck

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I have tried many of your recipes. They have all come out very well. Thank you. Was wondering if you have an app. I definitely would download it.

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I am a beginner and you know how much helpful you are to me ? thank you. Please keep on posting

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Great recipe 🙂 thank u… Do try mooli Wada once

Wow just cool

Mulanggi is my all time favourite, its so nutritious and tasty

never tried til with radish.. til will make it more delicious..

Hi Sawsthi, interesting recipe. Look very appetizing. <br />Best regards.

healthy stir fry.

Looks like carrot stir fry, nice color 🙂 Good click too!! Havent tried raddish this way looks delicious!!

I don&#39;t like radish but your version of making radish makes me love it….:-)

delicious radish curry.

Mooli is my favorite…love ur version