Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Mulyachi koshimbir (Radish raita)

A bunch of red radishes
This one is a very ‘everyday’ Maharashtrian dish. Something that you would see on the table at my parents’ place every few days, but rarely when there would be guests coming around for lunch/dinner. Radish or Mula (in Marathi) or Mooli (in Hindi) is a vegetable which many people do not like or avoid. I guess it is because of the strong smell it emanates and also because of the bad breath that may stay with you for some hours. I have no problems with the former, and the latter is anyway something that others will have a problem with. Well, tough luck, guys! I will have my radish when I have to.

Now, Koshimbir or Raita is something that Nupur of One Hot Stove has already written about. So, I will proceed straight to the recipe.

Recipe for Mulyachi Koshimbir (Radish Raita)


A bunch of red radishes (mine had 24 of them)
½ cup yoghurt
salt to taste
some coriander leaves for flavour & colour

1 tsp oil
¼ tsp mustard seeds
2-3 green chillis


1. Clean, wash and grate the radishes. A food processor with a grater attachment (or an enthusiastic/obedient husband) will come in handy. My radishes yielded 1 1/2 cups gratings. You could take the same amount of white radish instead of the red variety.
2. Squeeze the gratings lightly in your palm and transfer them to the bowl in which you would like to serve the Koshimbir. (I know there will be loss of nutrients when you squeeze out the juice, but if this is not done, the Koshimbir will be totally watery and unenjoyable.)
3. Add the yoghurt to the radish gratings. Add salt and chopped coriander leaves.
4. Cut the chillis in pieces a centimetre long.

5. Heat oil in a pan/tadka ladle.
6. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds. Let them splutter.
7. Add green chillis and take the pan/ladle off heat. This way the chillis won’t discolour.
8. Let the pan cool down. This is VERY necessary as otherwise the hot oil can ruin the taste because it would make the yoghurt bitter.
9. Mix the Koshimbir well. Garnish with some more chopped coriander leaves, if you like.
10. Serve as a side dish with rice and dal or chapatis at room temperature . Or chilled in summer (What’s that? We don’t get it here in Germany).

If chilling/storing in the fridge, make sure that it is tightly covered, otherwise it will transfer its strong smell onto other food stuff.

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Luv2cook said...


I have never made a raita with mooli before. Arjuna of Krishna Arjuna had made it earlier and now you did too. Something tells me that I should try it now. :-)

BTW, the picture of the radish is really good :)

Puspha said...

Nice. I'm gonna try this out.

Vaishali said...

luv2cook, I didn't know that radish raita has already been blogged about. I'll check it out. Thanks for the compliment.

Pushpa, let me know once you do.

Meeta said...

Vaishali sweetie,

As I promised here is that recipe that I am sure you will love: Tart Ratatouille. by the way where were you last night when I made this? You also missed a wicked Mousse au Chocolat

sailu said...

Healthy and simple recipe with radish.Looks so good and inviting..:).

Saffron said...

I love radishes too!! I don't make it often because I am the only one in my family that likes it :(

Your recipe is tempting me to try again.

fantastic picture of the radish!

Ashwini said...

Glad you jumped on the bandwagon! And you have already cooked up a storm :-) The radish raita looks delish. I dont eat the veggie as often as I shud, thanks for reminding me!

Kitchenmate said...

Vaishali: You got a great blog going. This raita looks yummy and delicious.
Will try it sometime and let you know how it turned out!!!

Lakshmi said...

i am going to try this.nice one.

BDSN said...


Wish i had red radishes now..Very colorful and very pretty...
Hey thanks a tonne dropping by my blog..

Vineela said...

Hey Vaishali,
CHEERS to u.
Yday i made coriander rice,radish raita.U r raita looks"YUMMY" but in my "Raita" i didnt add "Rai".Nice picture.

Vineela said...

Hey Vaishali,
CHEERS to u.
Yday i made coriander rice,radish raita.U r raita looks"YUMMY" but in my "Raita" i didnt add "Rai".Nice picture.

Vaishali said...

Meeta, I checked out your Tart Ratatouille and have posted a comment there. I think it's fabulous.

Imagine that the dish is actually inviting you, Sailu. Just come over!

Don't embarrass me, Saffron Hut. My pictures are nothing compared to yours. Anyway, let me know if you try out this raita.

Welcome to my blog, Ashwini and kitchenmate. Let me know if you try out this radish preparation.

Thanks for dropping by, Lakshmi and BDSN. Let me know in case you prepare this dish.

Thanks for the compliment, Vineela. And thanks for giving it twice! Coriander rice? How did you make it?

Anonymous said...

The raita looks very yummy... did not know something so nice could come out of radish!! Great pictures!!

Santhi said...

yummy looking raita and yummier looking pics...
will have to try this

spicehut said...

Lovely koshimbir. Thanks for adding me. Will add you too.

Vaishali said...

Thanks, Anon.

Santhi and SpiceHut, thanks. Thanks again for dropping by.

Ashwini said...

Tagged you Vaishali. details on my blog!

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Hey Ashwini, I tagged Vaishali too :)

Vaishali I tagged you for this you've got 2 invites. Check my blog.


Vaishali said...

Hi Ashwini and Sonali, thanks for double-tagging me for my first ever meme.

Kitchenmate said...

Vaishali: These days when ever i making raita.. it is always with these radish since it tastes very yummy!fabulous.. no longer onion raita:( there is no left out anytime since i eat as it is:)
Just wanted to share with you, am using the sqeezed juice to dilute thick yogurt, so we are retaining those nutrients (got this idea from Saffron's Mooli paratha post). No funky smell, nothing at all. Taste is equally good. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.
I wanted to leave this comment for very long time, "better late than never";)

Vaishali said...

Thanks Kitchenmate, for trying out the Raita. It is quite addictive, I know. Thanks for the tip regarding the squeezed out juice as well. I will keep it in mind now.

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Anita said...

You sure have been busy while you were away!
This is where Kashmiri and Maharashtrain twains meet! A staple at all formal meals, it is relished by all. There is no tadka though. Using red radishes adds a delicious colour too.

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Hi I'm Indian Kashmiri and we make walnut and mooli raita: exactly the same as yours but with walnut added also..I must say this is an addictive recipe for me!!!

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This is really a new recipe for me...It seems healthy and delicious.I will certainly try this out.

Rupali said...

Wonderful. I tried it and it was delicious. My mom used to make it but we never observed, but this post was such a great help. Pics were icing on the cake :) Thanks vaishali.

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