Stir Fried Radish Salad with Walnuts / Mooli Salad

For its health benefits and the array of dishes it can blend into, radishes have always caught my attention. Since it is low in calories and high in nutrients, radish forms a good salad component. This is a crisp and spicy cooked salad which goes amazingly with daal & rice or rotis. The unusual combination in this salad turned out to be the ground walnut toppings which added the nice crunch to the whole dish. This recipe is definitely featuring on my repeat list.
Recipe for Stir Fried Radish Salad with Walnuts / Mooli Salad

Serves : 2-3
Ingredients :

Radish, chilli and ginger at prep time

Radish, chilli and ginger at prep time

  • 2 cups grated radish
  • 4-5 chopped green chillies
  • 2 tsp of freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tsp crushed walnuts
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp of freshly chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice (optional)

Stir fried radish with walnuts

Stir fried radish with walnuts


Method:

  • Peel the radish and grate it with a thick grater (as shown in pic)
  • Heat oil in pan and add asafoetida and cumin seeds. I used olive oil for preparing this dish.
  • When the cumin seeds splutter, add freshly chopped green chillies and grated radish.
  • Stir fry these ingredients for 3 mins on a high flame.
  • The radish by nature will release moisture as it cooks. Keep stirring till all the moisture is removed. At this stage, add salt and grated ginger. Stir fry for another 3 mins.
  • Move the cooked radish into a bowl and let it cool down slightly.
  • Add chopped coriander, crushed walnuts and lemon juice (optional) at the end. This can be served hot or cold.

Tips :

  • Keep continuously stirring the radish in the initial stage.
  • If you do not prefer higher spice levels or the radish has an inherent strong spicy taste, then reduce the chillies and/or ginger
  • Make sure your walnuts have not expired since most of the times they would have just been lying around for ages.
  • The easiest way to make crushed walnuts is to pulse them (2 – 3 times) in a mixer

Radish Channa Sabzi

Radish, as a vegetable, is used extensively in salads, paratha stuffing and sambhar. I got bored cooking radish in those styles and tried a gravy side dish to go with rotis. The outcome of channa (chickpeas) and radish together turned out to be an interesting and tasty protein combination. Radish is an excellent source of Vitamin C and is a healthy vegetable to include in your diet.
Recipe for Radish Channa Sabzi

Serves : 2-3
Ingredients :

  • 1 cup chickpeas, soaked overnight / minimum 8 hours [can use canned chickpeas also]
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 long white radish, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste [optional]
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander to garnish [optional]

Radish channa sabzi

Radish channa sabzi


Method:

  • Drain the water from the soaked chickpeas. Pressure cook the chickpeas with 2.5 cups water for 3 whistles on medium flame. If you want them softer, cool a little longer.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.
  • When they splutter, add the onions and cook till they are soft and transparent.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste along with salt, turmeric, coriander powder and garam masala and mix well.
  • Add the radish pieces and stir well so that spices coat the radish. Cover the pan and let it cook for 4-5 minutes on a low flame.
  • Add the tomatoes and cooked chickpeas at this stage. Taste and add salt if required. Stir the vegetables to combine.
  • Cover the pan and cook until tomatoes are soft and mushy.
  • Finally add 1.5 – 2 cups of water, cover the mixture with a lid and let it cook for 5 mins. Make the final adjustments for salt and gravy consistency at this stage.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve hot.

Tips :

  • If you do not like the texture of chickpeas to be mushy, then add the chickpeas at the end.
  • Monitor the water levels in the gravy while cooking. Add water and manage the heat to get the consistency of your choice.