“Necessity is the Mother of Invention”.. This phrase perfectly summarizes my recipe story for Radish Chutney.. Radish is one veggie i don’t buy often unless i plan to make mooli parathas for a weekend dinner or a simple salad… But as i say this, i still don’t remember when i had bought them last.
The necessity of buying Radish emerged when a food group in fb (of which i am an active member and love being so!) had Radish for their theme… Since i badly wanted to post according to the theme, i started searching for good recipes with radish.. Finally after many hours of recipe hunting, i got this recipe for radish chutney.. I was so amazed as i had never heard of a chutney with radish… At my home, my mom makes sambar out of radish or kosambari (South Indian style salad) but never chutney.. So was instantly attracted to the recipe..
But as i read the ingredient list, i found it had around a cup of coconut… Now that was something i would like to avoid if i can.. So googled for radish chutney without coconut.. Voila! There was a recipe after all.. Read through it and found it really an interesting one.. It combined radish and lentils into a beautiful, healthy chutney..
So, I tried it yesterday and it came out really well.. My hubby gave compliments after compliments the whole day for the chutney and i was of course happy.. This dip is a wonderful way to use up radish without actually getting its nutty taste.. The flavors are a combination of spiciness with a little tang and a mild sweetness.. In a nutshell, a must try one for all…
Health Benefits of Radish: Rich in Folic Acid and Vitamin C making it a cancer fighting food, Effective in treating skin disorders, Low in calories, cholesterol and fat making it a good option while trying to lose weight, Because of its high roughage content, treats piles and constipation, Relieves congestion within respiratory system,Highly effective in treating Jaundice, Fights against urinary tract infections..
[Info Source- Natural News]
Adapted from: Sizzling Taste buds
1 Medium sized Radish/ Daikon/ Mooli [ Grated or Finely Chopped]
3 Tbsp Chana Dal/ Split Bengal Gram
1 Tbsp Toor Dal/ Yellow Pigeon Peas
A small lump of Tamarind/ Lemon Juice
3 Red Chillies/ 2 red + 1 green chilli
1 Tbsp Jaggery
2 tsp Oil
Salt to taste
1/2 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
A sprig of Curry leaves
1.Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and fry the radish till the raw smell goes away and it starts browning.. Keep it aside to cool..
2.After it cools down, transfer to the blender.. Keep it aside..
3.Heat the same pan with another tsp of oil and add chana dal and toor dal and fry till the dals are slightly browned..
4. Add the red chillies and tamarind (if using) and fry for few more seconds till the chillies change colour.. Keep it aside to cool..
5. Grind the above mixture with the radish, jaggery, salt and little water to a smooth paste.. Keep it aside..
Note: If adding lemon juice instead of tamarind, add now to the blender..
6. Prepare seasoning with oil, mustard seeds and curry leaves and pour over the chutney.. Mix well..
Serve with Rice, Rotis, Dosas or Idlis.