Radish.. Yes. This is that one vegetable which we usually run away from and avoid eating, the main reason being the unpleasant smell. You might have realized that chopped radish kept in the refrigerator makes the whole refrigerator stink.
There are a very few recipes where we make use of radish. In most parts of North India, the radish intake is in the form of Mooli ke Parathe. Mooli in Hindi means radish. Radish is grated and mixed with a few spices and stuffed in wheat flour balls. They are then rolled into delicious Parathas and are usually eaten with curd and pickle.
Meanwhile in South India, radish is usually consumed by adding it in the Sambar. The Mullangi Sambar of Tamil Nadu is world famous and finger-licking good.
Though the radish is mostly hated, the humble root of family Brassica has many nutritive values. It is rich in Vitamin C and a lot of other minerals like potassium and copper. Radishes are a rich source of fiber and help prevent constipation. They have natural diuretic properties and helps patients with urinary infections and kidney malfunctions.
So here is a very simple recipe which will be ready on your table within a few minutes and does not have too many ingredients. This Radish Raita can be relished with Chapathis, Flavoured Rice like Pulao, Biriyani, Lemon Rice, Tomato Rice etc. It can also be consumed with spicy non-vegetarian gravies to balance the taste.
Curd- 1 cup
1 small grated radish
Grated coconut- 1 tbspn
Green chilly- 1 no.
Fresh coriander leaves (finely chopped)- 1 tbspn
Sugar- 1/2 tspn
Cumin powder- a pinch
Salt as required
Cooking oil- 1/2 tspn
Mustard seeds- 1 tspn
Grind the coconut and green chilly and keep aside. Now take the curd in a bowl .
Add all the ingredients mentioned above except coriander and mix well.
Finally, heat some oil and add the mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add this to the curd mixture and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Tadaaaaa! Your yummy raita is ready in minutes. Remember, the flavor of the mustard seeds is prominent in this dish. So use it liberally. Also, you can add a pinch of chaat masala and a few raisins to enhance the taste. So what are you waiting for? How about some hot rotis with this raita for dinner tonight?