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Easy-To-Make Healthy Food Recipes Part I - Radish Fry

Updated on January 21, 2013
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Radish fry

Knowing the health content in radish, I have always wondered how to make a quick and simple yet tasty dish with this vegetable.

I have never cooked this vegetable because I used to love it when it is mixed with whole wheat flour to prepare chapati the Indian bread. I grate radish and mix it with wheat flour and a little salt to make a smooth dough. Then roll it out just as you would for preparing tortillas and cook it on a girdle. This way you get the complete nutrition from the radish and even people who don't like its slightly pungent taste will never know that you have added radish to the chapati dough.

Recently I thought I would try frying the grated radish in a little oil and the outcome is the following recipe.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 nos. Radish
  • 1/2 tsp. Mustard
  • 2 Green chillies or 1/2 tsp. chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Asafoetida powder
  • a few sprigs Curry leaves finely chopped (optional)
  • a few Cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. Oil

Method

  1. Peel and grate the radish.
  2. Squeeze the grated radish lightly not removing the water content completely. If you don't remove a little of the water from the vegetable, the dish will become soggy.
  3. Heat 2 tsp. oil in a pan and add mustard. When it splutters, add turmeric powder,asafoetida powder, green chilli pieces and curry leaves and saute. If you don't like to add green chillies you can add chilli powder too. You can omit curry leaves if you don't like the taste. In this recipe, I have added chilli powder, hence the orange color.
  4. Add salt. Shallow fry the grated radish till it is cooked - about 2 minutes- and remove to a bowl. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves. Radish fry is ready to eat.
  5. This dish requires very little oil and has a lot of health benefits.
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Radish, turmeric and chilli powder, asafoetida and salt
Radish, turmeric and chilli powder, asafoetida and salt
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cilantro
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grated radish
End product garnished with finely chopped curry leaves (optional) and cilantro
End product garnished with finely chopped curry leaves (optional) and cilantro

Radish-Health Benefits

  • Very few calories
  • Rich in fiber and vitamins
  • You get 14% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C from half a cup of radish. The other vitamins present are Vitamin K, B6, folate, pantothenic acid and niacin.
  • Potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc and magnesium are the other minerals present though in little quantities.
  • The high water content and the carbohydrate content in radish helps in weight loss. You feel full by eating radish and this satisfies your hunger faster helping in weight loss.
  • The high Vitamin C content in radish eliminates toxins from the body thus helping in prevention of kidney and stomach cancer, common cold as well as diabetes and heart disease.
  • An effective natural decongestant that fights against the common cold and other allergies in the respiratory system.
  • Radish also helps cure urinary infection, jaundice and insect bites.

So, one cup of radish at least once or twice a week is a very healthy way to keep your body free from many diseases as well as to lose weight.

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    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks RodRoc for your visit and appreciation. Cheers, Rema.

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you Joseph for your kind visit and comment. Lemon, spinach and onions with radish seem to be a great combination. You have given me another interesting recipe.

      True what you said about different cultures' approach to life on the whole. Thanks to technology and HubPages, we are able to interact and share our views and knowledge with each other despite the differences in culture.

      Thanks again Joseph. Cheers, Rema.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      5 years ago from New York

      I never knew of these benefits from radish, but I used to eat them with lemon, spinach and onions, making a salad of my own. Now I've got to go back and get radish back on my diet. Amazing how different cultures approach life and food! Thanks for sharing!

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you Rajan. You will love it I am sure. I love radish parantha too. Cheers, Rema.

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      RodRoc 

      5 years ago from US

      This is a great hub, thanks

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Now this is interesting Rema. Though we normally have radish parantha, radish fry is new to me. Needs to be tried. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and sharing.

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you very much Michelle for your comment and the share. Cheers, Rema.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for sharing the great benefits of this vegetable. We boil it in soups over here in Singapore, and mix it with flour to fry as radish cake. Delicious veg. Thanks rema, for the recipe too! Sharing and pinning.

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Terrye for the appreciation and for sharing. Cheers, Rema.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Fantastic idea, Rema! Voted up and shared.

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Winston,

      Good to see you again. Thank you very much for your support and encouragement. Some more hubs of this healthy recipe series are due soon. Cheers, Rema.

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Dianna,

      This dish is so easy to prepare and so healthy that I don't see why this shouldn't feature on our menu more often. Thanks for the comment that is really encouraging. Cheers, Rema.

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Ruchira,

      Yes, raw grated radish or this mixture can be mixed with whole wheat flour and made into parathas. Though the first one has always been my routine, I never thought of making stuffed parathas with fried radish. Great idea Ruchira. Thank you.

      Very sweet of you to give my tomato recipe a thumbs up. Thanks again. Cheers, Rema.

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      mackyi 

      6 years ago

      Hey Rema, you have come up with yet another interesting recipe! I really like the idea of doing all these vegetable blends. I am really getting some great ideas from you. Voted up useful! Socially shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I am going to have to try this soon. I love the spices you included as I know they add a touch of health to the body. I have not had a radish in quite awhile, must put them on my weekly list. They have so much value to them. Thanks for the information and recipe.

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      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      And then this mixture can be stuffed in a dough and made a yummy roti :)

      good read, Rema.

      btw, I tried your tomato rice and it was yummy!

      shared across!

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Pooja,

      Oh yes, mooli paranthas- I love them -they are so delicious and healthy too. This is typical Indian food and I thought this will be useful for people from the other cultures to know about mainly because of its nutrient value.

      Thanks for the visit and for sharing your thoughts here.

      Cheers, Rema.

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      Dr Pooja 

      6 years ago

      Yummy mooli paranthas on a cold winter Sunday! Nothing can beat that feeling.A load of Indians cook radish and beet root like the way you explained.Thanks for details on benefits of radish .

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Michelle for the nice comment and the share. I am sure you would love this dish for its taste and for the many health benefits it offers. Cheers, Rema.

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Please do carol. I am sure you'll like it. Thanks for the visit. Cheers, Rema.

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Janine,

      Thanks for the comment here. I love this dish and just a cup of this grated vegetable (it is not really a fried item-I think I gave it a wrong title) makes you feel full and you have a good lunch item ready. I am going to try this with pepper powder also. I will post an update here if I do because that is even healthier than this recipe.

      Thanks again. Cheers, Rema.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the background and the wonderful recipe to try! Am definitely sharing and pinning!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      this sounds really great. Radishes ...gotta try it.

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Rema, thanks for sharing the background and the actual recipe here too for easy to make radish fry. Definitely want to try this recipe, it looks delicious and thank you for sharing it here!!

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