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Mooli - What is it? Mooli and its Health Benefits

Updated on January 28, 2013

What Is a Mooli?

A Mooli is the Korean word for a type of giant root vegetable from the Radish family.

It is sometimes called the Daikon radish and is from East Asia.

The Mooli is more formally known as Raphanus sativus.

The Mooli is white in colour, it is milder than other Radishes and looks like a giant carrot.

The Mooli can reach up to 18 inches long and weigh 1-2 pounds.

Mooli ~ The History

The first ever Radishes were black! There is a Spanish radish that is still black today. After the black radish, came the 'Mooli' radish and much later in the 1700's the more commonly recognised small red radish appeared. The radish was one of the first recorded cultivated vegetable. There are records of the Chinese cultivating them as early as 700BC. The Chinese gave the radish to the Japanese as a mark of goodwill and it became so popular that it is used in many of their dishes still in the present day. The name radish comes from the Latin 'Radix' meaning a root. The history books tell of radishes being used by the ancient Pharoahs to feed the Egyptians building the Pyramids!

What Can You Do With a Mooli?

The Mooli radish is such a versatile vegetable. It can be prepared and eaten in many different ways.

It can be:




Eaten Raw





Used as a Salad vegetable

And probally many more!!

The Oil you get from the seeds can also be used.

You can also eat:

The Leaves

The Flowers

The Pods

The Seeds

Tools For Growing Your Own

There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own. My children bought me my first gardening tools and i still have them to this day.....although i have another set for 'actual' gardening! I have bought mini tools for them too so that they can help me and learn the joys of Growing your own.

Let my words, like vegetables, be tender and sweet,

for tomorrow I may have to eat them.

~ Author Unknown

Mooli Cuisine

Mooli can be used in a great variety of dishes. Its often included in soups and stir frys and in stews and curries. It can be grated and used as a garnish or like the Chinese who carve them into elaborate centrepieces! Mooli is commonly used in Indian dishes and quite often as a filling for vegetarian stuffed breads. Mooli is also served pickled in many Asian nations. The Moolis mild flavour makes it perfect for serving to children as part of a salad or as a snack in their lunchboxes.

Mooli Recipes

Mooli Subzi

1 Mooli diced

½ tsp of turmeric powder

½ tsp of cumin seeds

1/4 tsp of asafetida

1 tbsp of Ginger and Green Chilli paste

1 tsp red chilli powder

2 tsp corriander powder

3 tbsp of oil

Salt to taste

Boil the Mooli for about 8 minutes with the tumeric.

Drain it and put to one side.

Heat the oil in a pan.

Add the cumin, asafetida, ginger-chilli paste and cook for a few minutes.

Add the cooked Mooli, tumeric powder, chilli powder, corriander powder and salt.

Let it cook for 8-10 minutes.


Mooli Parathas

1 Medium Mooli washed and Grated

3 Cups Whole wheat flour

1 tsp Celery seeds

1 tsp Onion seeds

1 tbsp Finely chopped fresh coriander

3 Green chillies, deseeded and chopped fine

Ginger, grate a 1 inch piece

Salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients together

Knead well without adding any water in the beginning.

The moisture in the radish will be enough to bind the dough but if it is inadequate add as required.

Roll out into parathas immediately or the dough will start becoming loose with the radish salt combination secreting moisture.

Dry roast on both sides.

Serve hot with a yogurt salad.

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

~ Doug Larson

Mooli Lachha

1 Mooli Grated

1 piece of Ginger thinly sliced

1 Tomato finely chopped

2 tsp Lime Juice

1 Green Chilli finely chopped

Corriander Leaves chopped

Salt to taste

Add salt to the Mooli stand for 5 minutes.

Squeeze to remove water.

Add ginger, green chilli and tomato, corriander leaves and lime juice.

Mix well and serve.

Mooli - Many Health Benefits

The Mooli has many, many Health and Cosmetic Benefits.

These below are a few main ones to show you how beneficial to health eating Mooli is!


The Mooli is a great detoxifier and is good for the liver and stomach. It has been described as having 'miraculous' properties when dealing with Jaundice as it helps to remove Bilirubin. It also helps the red blood cells by increasing the supply of oxygen in the blood. The leaves are also used for the treatment of Jaundice.

Constipation and Urinary Tract Infections

People with a history of constipation can benefit from eating Mooli due to the presence of carbohydrates that are easily digested.

To help Urinary Tract Infections they also increase the production of urine. The juice of the Mooli also cures inflammation and burning feeling during urinating. It also cleans the kidneys and inhibits infections in kidneys and urinary system.


The Mooli is rich in roughage. This aids digestion, retains water, cures constipation and gives relief to pile sufferers. Because it's a very good detoxifier, it helps heal up piles fast. Its juice also soothes the digestive and excretory system and this also relieves piles.

Weight Management

Moolis are very filling, they fill you up and satisfy your hunger easily without giving you many calories, as they are low in digestible carbohydrates, high in roughage and contain a lot of water. They also have diuretic properties so if you are on a diet, it will help get rid of excess fluid and detoxify your liver at the same time.

It is a very good dietary option for those determined to lose weight.


Being a very good detoxifier and rich in vitamin-C, folic and anthocyanins, the Mooli helps many types of cancer, particularly those of colon, kidney, intestines, stomach and oral cancer.

The Egyptians made oil from the seeds of the Mooli and it has been found that they contain a high percentage of glucoraphenin, an anticancer agent. Glucoraphosatin is also found in the roots.

Skin Disorders

The Mooli contains Vitamin-C, phosphorus, zinc and some members of vitamin-B complex, which are good for skin. The water in it helps maintaining the moisture of the skin. Mashed Mooli is a very good cleanser and serves as a great face pack. Due to its disinfectant properties, it also helps cure skin disorders, such as drying up, rashes, and cracks and also refreshes it.

Bronchitis, Asthma and Chest Complaints

The Mooli can relieve congestion of respiratory system including nose, throat, wind-pipe and lungs, due to cold, infection, allergies and other causes. It is a good disinfectant and also rich in vitamins, which protect respiratory system from infections.

Other Tasty Varieties of Radish

Some i have tried..... and some i haven't!

Other Health Benefits of The Mooli

The Mooli can also be used as:

Mouth and Breath Freshener


Great for Headaches


Gall Bladder Stones

Reduces Inflammation in Insect Bites/Stings

Grow Them at Home

The Mooli does grow better in warmer climates but there is nothing to stop you growing this at home.

It only doesn't grow well if temperatures fall below 10°C but if you leave sowing till late spring there should be no problem.

Find a well drained and sunny spot in your garden in early spring to late spring.

You can plant Mooli seeds as soon as you can work with the soil.

As they grow you need to keep them watered but not too soggy.

You need to really thin out the young plants in order for them to thrive.

Be careful that they are not exposed to too much light as they are growing or they will become bitter.

Use mulch to cover the plants to avoid the roots getting direct sunlight.

Around 2 Months later you can harvest them!

See For Yourself

Better to eat vegetables and fear no creditors, than eat duck and hide from them.

~ The Talmud

Mooli - Friend or Foe

Have you ever eaten a Mooli??

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Have you ever heard of a Mooli? - Tell us your Mooli stories....

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    • TapIn2U profile image


      5 years ago

      I love pickled Mooli! I didn't know it can be used as a face mask. Good to know. Would love to try it. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      6 years ago

      Mooli vale Prota- my favorite. Nice Lens.

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      6 years ago

      I saw my first Mooli last week, on a stall at our nearest town market, they were very long and white.

      I decided to google them to find out what they were, I am surprised they are radishes, looked more like the carrot and neep family.

    • JohnTannahill profile image

      John Tannahill 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Yes, I even think I've seen it in Sansbury's. I often think about getting some but never do. I think my Mrs puts in soup. Have you tried samphire which is in season now?

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      We eat a lot of daikon here! I've saved one of these recipes to give it a go. Thanks for sharing!

    • IMKZRNU2 profile image


      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      What an informative lens. I had heard of Daikon radish and had no idea they were the same....thanks for all the great recipes!

    • justholidays profile image


      6 years ago

      I didn't know anything about mooli... Well, to say the truth, I don't like radish stuff but this one looks interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    • goo2eyes lm profile image

      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      yes and i think they use it for kimchi.

    • flicker lm profile image

      flicker lm 

      6 years ago

      Enjoyed reading about Mooli. I know it as Daikon radish, but have never tried growing it. Thanks for the useful info!

    • Sniff It Out profile image

      Sniff It Out 

      7 years ago

      I have seen Mooli in the supermarkets and Asian stores here but I haven't cooked with it yet. One more on the list to try :-)

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      7 years ago

      I hadn't actually heard of Mooli before ... love the name and also think I might have tried some of this as my ex had some really good friends who are Korean. And, they love to cook authentic Korean.

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      7 years ago

      I have never heard of moolis - I may have to try them now!

    • Formosangirl LM profile image

      Formosangirl LM 

      7 years ago

      I am the only one in the family who will eat the moolis or daikons that I grow because they can be bitter and spicy. I tell people how healthful they are but they just give me a blank look. Thanks for the lens.


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