9 Best Radish Recipes

 , NDTV  |  Updated: June 27, 2017 16:09 IST

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9 Best Radish Recipes
Crunchy and loaded with health benefits, radishes are a lot of fun to cook with. A common winter vegetable in most Asian countries, radishes are also available round the year. Known as mooli in India, every region boasts of many radish recipes. This long tap root vegetable with sweet and acerbic flavours is commonly used used in salads, ground into dips and chutneys, and are mixed in dough to create those steaming hot Mooli Parathas.

The many varieties of the vegetable come in different shapes, sizes and colours ranging from pale white, yellow to pink, deep red and purple. Summer or spring varieties are mostly popular in the European countries and include the ones like Gala and Roodbol of Netherlands, Sicily Giant from Sicily, Bunny Tail of Italy, Plum Purple and the much appealing, cherry hued, Cherry Belle. Winter variants are commonly found in Asia and include cultivars like Daikon (primarily grown for oil), Masato red and Masato green, China Rose, China White as well as the popular Oriental radish, Mooli.
 
daikon radish
Daikon Radish

Cooking with Radish

Bright red, purple and pink radishes are not only widely included in cooking for their exquisite flavours and health benefits, but also to add drama to the preparations. From its root to its fruits and leaves, the entire plant is edible and can be used to create a range of delicacies. The vegetable is commonly used in salads, dips and accompaniments, soups, curries and a lot more. People in Netherlands prefer cutting a thin slice of their indigenous varieties, adding them atop buttered bread; it is served as a popular breakfast option in the country.
 

types of radishes

Types of Radishes

Health benefits



Regular radish consumption promises health benefits manifold! Most of us would remember reluctantly drinking raw radish juice to cure jaundice. The vegetable acts as a cleanser and disinfectant of harmful toxins present in the liver, thereby facilitating treatment of jaundice. Not only this, radish comes packed with antioxidants and many essential nutrients that may treat and help manage many ailments. They are enriched with Vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and have anti-cancer and anti-carcinogenic properties. They are rich in fiber, hence aid in digestion, easing conditions like constipation. Radish consumption has also proved beneficial in relieving from cough, cold and flu due to its anti-congestive properties.
 

sliced radish


Sipping on raw radish juice along with rock salt and a dash of black pepper is considered beneficial in treating conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney and liver related issues, and skin disorders. Packed with Vitamin C, radish helps in maintaining healthy metabolism and strong immunity.



How to Buy and Store



Always opt for the ones that have smooth body without any discolouration, insect infestation, cracks or bruises. The vegetable should be cleaned properly before storing and consumption. Entire vegetable can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator. You can also separate its leaves from the body and store them separately. Leaves should be cooked and consumed as soon as possible because when removed from the body they experience nutrient loss.
 

black radish

Black Radish

Rest of the vegetable can be wrapped in a plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.We admit cooking with radish can be a little tricky; the sweet ones are much appreciated by the Indian palate vis-a-vis the acerbic ones. Many feel reluctant to experiment with this wonderful veggie and lose out on an opportunity to savour a sea of sensational delicacies. Just in case you have resolved to take up the challenge and surprise your loved ones with something beyond mooli raita and paratha, join us! We have got recipes from our best chefs that will not only wow your taste buds but also make you fall in love with this underrated veggie.



1. Radish Soup with Tofu Miso Cream



Recipe by Chef Vicky ratnani



Chef Vicky ratnani brings to you a heartwarming, soul soothing soup made of radish, celery, vegetable stock along with tofu cream, orange juice and honey.
 

radish


2. Thechwani



Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal



A local specialty from the Garhwal region including crushed potatoes and indigenous radish root (pahadi mula) curried to perfection.



3. Mooli Wala Meat



Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal



Aditya sets up his kitchen overlooking the hills of Sanasar and tosses up a finger licking Kashmiri curry. This mutton curry has masalas in abundance and goes best with some steamed rice.
 

mooli wala meat

4. Melon Balls with Rocket and Radish



Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani



A quick and easy way to satisfy those gnawing hunger pangs without consuming any calories. Little balls are scooped out of melons and served along with delicate radish ribbons, mint leaves, and rocket leaves.



5. Mooli Ka Paratha



Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta



Straight from the kitchen of Chef Niru Gupta comes our all-time favourite mooli parathas. Finely grated radish, mixed in dough, spiced up, rolled out and cooked to perfection.
 

mooli paratha

6. Mooli ki Bhurji



Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta



Here's a simple, fuss-free curry recipe teaming radish with basic spices. A speedy fix for your unplanned weekday lunch.



7. Mooli ki Chutney 



Recipe by Nishtha Asrani



10 minutes and you will be done preparing this radish chutney. Team it with those piping hot tea-time snacks and relish the extraordinary.
 

mooli chutney


8. Pineapple and Mooli Kachumbar



Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani



A speedy, fuss-free salad made with fresh pineapples, radish, onions, cucumber, and coriander leaves. Add a little drizzling of salt, pepper, chaat masala, lemon juice and extra virgin oil and you're done.



9. Cucumber, Radish & Ivy Gourd Carpaccio



Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani



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Cucumbers, ivy gourd and radish are marinated in a luscious mixture and served with red pepper pesto.



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