Radish curry(Mulangi ambat)

This is a traditional recipe from North Kanara. I never used to like it when I was kid. Aayi used to prepare it well, but i never used to touch it. Now when I have grown up & learnt cooking, just for the sake of trying, I tried it and liked it very much. It may be because, I have come to US and I have a limited choice of vegetables here. Because whenever I go to market here, there will be only 5-6 types of vegetables that I recognize from the whole lot they have. Same case with fruits also. Thanks to dessicated coconut we bought from Indian grocery shop, I am somehow managing with my Aayi’s cooking.

2 cups radish(chopped)
½ cup toor dal
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup fresh/frozen coconut
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract
4-5 red chillies
A pinch asafoetida(optional)
A pinch turmeric
1 tea spn coriander seeds

Heat oil and fry coriander seeds. Grind together coconut, red chillies, asafoetida, tamarind to a smooth paste.
Cook dal, 1/4 cup onion(finely chopped) and radish with a pinch of turmeric in pressure cooker.
Heat oil and fry remaining finely chopped onions till onions turn slightly brownish. Add cooked dal, radish and ground paste. Add salt and cook till paste is done(almost takes 5-10min to cook). Serve hot with rice or chapathi.

Serves : 5
Preparation time : 30min

17 thoughts on “Radish curry(Mulangi ambat)”

  1. I like to make sambar with radish. Besides that I do not use it for anything else. This is a new recipe to me and I will try it soon. BTW, tried your konkani sambar and it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Hello,

    How are ya? I would like to know what kind of cuisine is this? Is it Goan or marathi?
    B’coz all your recipes are so different very new to me. I am from TN.
    I tried this ambat and it is very good.
    Plz do reply me.

    Thank you

  3. Priya, this is Konkani cuisine. There is a Konkan belt just on the border of Karnataka and Goa. Most of the people who stay here speak Konkani. I am also from this place. I am very happy to know you liked this dish.

  4. Hey Shilpa,

    I’ll definitely try this dish, very different from what i prepare normally. and i know what you mean about certain foods we don’t eat when we are lil’ and later grow a fascination for them…..

  5. I made the Moolangi Ambat and it came out very well. Thank you for the reciple indeed.
    Here is a recipe for Moolangi Raita which we make almost once a week. Goes to say we like it a lot. Enjoy!

    1 Moolangi(Daikon Raddish) grated
    3-4 green chillies chopped
    4-5 curry leaves
    1 teaspoon Urad Daal
    1/2 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
    2-3 red chillies
    1 cup yogurt
    1 cup sour cream
    1/2 spoon oil for seasoning
    salt to taste

    Mix Yogurt, sour cream and salt in a bowl and beat till smooth.
    Add grated Moolangi and mix.
    In a pan, heat the oil, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chillies, urad daal and when the mustard seeds start to split, add green chillies and fry till urad daal becomes brown. Add this seasoning to the Moolangi yogurt mixture.

    The raita is ready to accompany any daal, sambhar, rasam or sabzi.

  6. hi,

    I m going to try ur above receipe now..can u pls tell me if i can use dessicated coconut and how much should be the quantity.

    awaiting feedback
    ashu singh

    Shilpa: Ashu, you can use same amount of dessicated coconut. There will be a difference in taste & texture though.

  7. Hey Shilpa,

    I tried sime-badnekayi (kannada, konkani word for a vegetable whose English name I timely forget) instead of raddish and turned out great !


  8. HI Shilpa,

    I am always looking for radish recipes as i only make sambar of it usually, this recipe caught my attention & i tried it….it came out very well. thnx for sharing.

  9. Hi,

    I feel that you might want to concentrate more on categorisation and grouping to make it more easier to search for items, but for which this is one of the websites that I trust for getting real recepies…


    Shilpa: Girija, I am working on it. It is taking a long time due to huge number of recipes on the site 🙁 and also due to workload at office

  10. hi,
    when ever i am bored of cooking the usual dishes and wanted to try something new, i visit ur site. And today morning thesame thing happened and when i was surfing, i came across this recipie. And i tried for the lunch.

    It turned out very well. I found it simple and yummy. First of all, thanks for this one.

    i tried the sweet corn soup last night and found it ok. Do you have any other recipie for this.

    Thank you

  11. hi shilpa,
    i tried out this radish curry recipe last night and it came out awesome. We usually use radish as a dry veg dish or in sambaar…but mu hubby and I loved this curry a lot. Thanks for this ambat. Btw, your recipes are great and simple..

  12. excellent recipe….i tried n came out very well….thanks a lot.one request—–if u ever have an idea of making ur blog private, please send in an invitation to my id too…:))))))))

  13. Till now I have tried radish pickle and with sambar . This receipe is going to add more to my fetish for radish. SLURP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  14. This is the 1st time I’ve cooked radish and my husband and I loved it! I did modify the recipe though, using mung dahl as that’s what I had, and also having no fresh coconut and I don’t think we have frozen coconut in Australia. I added fresh tumeric to the pressure cooker as well as the salt and a tspn of ground coriander and garam marsala. As I was being lazy, I didn’t fry the coriander seeds, instead adding ground ones into the pressure cooker. I then fried the onions and added the chillies, tamarind and dessicated coconut and a can of coconut milk which I cooked down a little until adding the dahl and radish mix. It really tastes great, although I’m not sure if mine tastes more coconutty than the original.

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