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Radish stir fry with Moong Dal ~ Mulangi Palya

One of childhood’s earliest memories was of Amma (mom) or Paati (grandmom) making sambhar with Raddish and we used to play with the thick roundels of steamed raddish in the broth by slowly peeling off the skin of the roundel and wrapping it around our thin fingers like it was the greatest accomplishment on earth . I remember that me n sis used to even compete on how many such rings we could each peel off without breaking ! Golden days 🙂 Now, why am I speaking about raddish sambhar when the post clearly says its Raddish Stir fry ? Coz till very recently (read about a decade), we had no idea what else could be made from raddish, apart from Mooli Paratha and Sambhar. And then one day, mom discovered that raw grated raddish made for very good Kosambari (South Indian Salad) and was great for the heart too. Despite the rather pungent smell that raw / cooked raddish gives off, its heartening to read that raddish is very good for liver related ailments, weight loss, cardiac 

ailments. And then also realised that steamed raddish can also be made into a stir fry. 


So, today’s dish is a simple stir fry that you can put together. It tastes great with hot rice and any sambhar (gravy) or even curd rice and pickle. Do check out similar dry curries here.

Sending this to Suma’s MLLA,  event by Susan and also to Anyone Can Cook by Umm.

Prep time ; 10 mins, Cooking time : 15 mins. Serves : 2


  • Radish – 1 large (or 2 medium)
  • Moong Dal / Split green gram – 2 handfuls (1/5 cup approx) 
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Tempering : Mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chiiles (2), asafoetida (a pinch)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric – a dash (opt.)
  • Grated coconut and coriander leaves for garnish.


1) in a bowl of hot water, wash and soak moong dal for 10 mins. Meanwhile, wash, peel and cut raddish to bite sized bits.

2) Steam cook the dal and the radish for 1 or 2 whistles with minimum water. Drain.

3) In a skillet, heat oil and add the tempering. Once the mustard stops spluttering, add the turmeric and boiled radish-dal combo (ensure both of them are not over cooked, but just al dente). Stir once

4) Add salt, adjust seasonings and grated coconut / coriander for garnish. Voila ! perfectly cooked radish stir fry ready in minutes 🙂 



  1. Daisy Roshan

    i like the combination of dal and radish….

  2. I love radish and with dal sounds very interesting…

  3. Radish with dal is interesting combo !! love to have with rotis !!

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  4. Looks yummy Kalyani. Dal adds a nice flavor to radish.

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  5. Santosh Bangar

    ilike this stire very much adding moong dal is new to me looking tempting

  6. Hari Chandana P

    Perfect palya.. looks tempting 🙂
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  7. wow, that looks great !!!

  8. i luv the peppery flavor of the radish. this palya looks simple to cook and delicious as well.

  9. KrithisKitchen

    We too make radish rings in childhood days 🙂
    This is a good to know recipe…
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  10. Suma Gandlur

    Neat idea. Never tried adding moong to radish though I do for other veggies.

  11. nice simple dish..

  12. MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!.

    Wonderful Raddish Stir-fry and deliciously clicked.Luv it.

  13. Radish Stir fry is simple superb and looks comfort.

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  14. Sensible Vegetarian

    Nice one Kalyani, I love this combo and find that moong dal adds little bit of sweetness to veggies like this.

  15. Another recipe from you!:-) As you said 'Voila ! perfectly cooked radish stir fry ready in minutes.' Not only quick and easy since it requires few ingredients,this is one healthy recipe too!

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