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Feb 23, 2008

Radish Leaves Dal

The radish leaves are rich in Vitamin A. The leafy vegetables, particularly, supply a wide variety of nutrients.


  • 1 cup Toor Dal
  • 2 bunches of Radish Leaves
  • 1 small Onion
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 5 Baby Carrots
  • ½ piece of Green Bell Pepper
  • 4 small Green Chilies (or According to taste)
  • Some Cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Paste
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ¼ tsp Asafetida

For Seasoning:

  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Oil


Wash the toor dal well and pressure-cook it until done. Mean while, wash the radish leaves well and chop into small pieces. Chop the onion, tomatoes, baby carrots, green bell pepper and the green chilies into medium pieces.

In a bowl, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the cumin seeds too and fry for 1 minute. Then add all the chopped veggies along with the radish leaves, fry for some time. Later pour some water on the veggies and let them cook for a while by putting a lid on top. When they are half way done, add the turmeric powder along with the asafetida and the tamarind paste. The tamarind can be substituted with lemon juice.

When the veggies were cooked add the cooked dal, mix well and add salt. Pour some more water if required. The consistency of this dal should be neither too thin nor too thick, but medium. Finally add the cilantro leaves and let the dal stand on the medium flame for a little while. Be careful not to burn the dal.

Serve with hot rice with some deep-fried yogurt chilies (majjiga mirapakayalu) or papads. This dal goes well with chapathis too.

This is my entry to Srivalli’s “MEC: Greens” theme.


Kalai said... [Reply]

I've used these leaves as a side dish or in sambar. This looks like a nice, versatile dish. Great entry, Uma! :)

Cham said... [Reply]

Seems little different with veg - The curry is colorful :)

Mythreyee said... [Reply]

Radish leaves are rich in megnesium. Looks wonderful.

Lavanya Raj said... [Reply]

Nice entry Uma. the dish looks so comforting.

Daily Meals said... [Reply]

That looks healthy and yummy Uma! Nice entry...

FH said... [Reply]

Color is just awesome girl, very pretty and delcious. I love baby Radishes and I always use the leaves too!:))

Archana Doshi said... [Reply]

The pics look great. I see you have not added sambar powder, so its not actually a sambar, but a dal with veggies and leaves. Very nice. Will give this a try, The grocer I go to in india, does not stock the raddish with the leaves, not even beetroot with their leaves. I have asked him, he told me there is no demand. Looks like I might have to go to the wholesale market.

Jaya M said... [Reply]

it looks so yum ,nice combo of adding veggies with toor Dal ..
hugs and smiles

Sig said... [Reply]

I've never tasted radish leaves... This sounds like a nice wholesome recipe, pictures look great too...

Dhivya said... [Reply]

wow!looks delicious uma..never tasted radish leaves....thanks for the unique recipe

Rosie said... [Reply]

This is certainly a wow factor in beautiful colour and this really sounds healthy and tasty Ulm! :D

Rosie x

Finla said... [Reply]

Wow i've never knew we could use the raddish leaves for dal and i often buy these raddishes to eat them with boursain cheese. Next time i will keep the leaves for dal curry.

Laavanya said... [Reply]

How healthy and nutritious!

Lakshmi said... [Reply]

My mom used to make raddish leaves vegetable. Your dal looks good!

AnuSriram said... [Reply]

Looks delicious... never tried these leaves before... Have book marked to try this as early as possible.. so tempting...

Jayashree said... [Reply]

Looks good... I haven't used radish leaves before....Nice entry.

Srivalli said... [Reply]

All the pictures look very attractive...I have used radish leaves in paratha..never as a gravy...thanks for the nice entry!

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