Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Mooli ki Subzi / A side made with radishes with their greens

How many of you discard the radish greens / leaves and use only the radishes ? Hate radishes for their pungent smell ? Well not anymore. Try this delicious side " Mooli ki Subzi " made with white radishes and the radish greens/ leaves. This is a very popular dish from North India especially in the winter season. This dish is little bit tart, little bit bitter and the greens balance out the tartness, radishes add a nice crunch.
Very healthy side and it tastes delicious and crunchy. And absolutely no pungent smell of radishes. I used white radish with leaves. You can use the red radishes along with the leaves.



  • 2 Cups Radishes cut lengthwise to about 1 inch pieces ( just like French fries)
  • 3 Cups finely chopped or julienned radish greens / radish leaves
  • a big pinch of baking soda
  • 2 Teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon carom Seeds (ajwain)
  • 1 Medium red onion chopped finely
  • 1 Green chilli chopped finely
  • 1 Teaspoon ginger paste or finely chopped ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red chilli powder / red chilli flakes / freshly ground black pepper
  • salt to taste


1. Wash radishes, remove the greens or leaves from the radishes and set aside. Peel remove the skin of radishes. Chop them in to thick long pieces just like you cut potatoes for French fries


2. Wash radish greens several times in a colander under the running tap water. Pat dry and chop them finely


3. In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to boil. Add 1/2 Teaspoon salt and a big pinch of baking soda to the boiling water


4. Add the radishes in the boiling water and cook them for 5 minutes until the radishes are cooked through. Finally add radish greens and cook for one or two minutes. Just to blanch the greens

5. Drain water completely


6. In a pan, heat vegetable oil
7. When the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, carom seeds. When they sizzle , add red onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt and fry until the onions are soft



8. Add green chillies and chopped ginger/ ginger paste and fry a minute


9. Add red chilli powder and give it a stir

10. Add boiled radishes along with the blanched greens and mix everything together gently


11. Simmer for 5 minutes or until all the water evaporates

12. Serve hot

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