Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mullangi Keerai (Radish Greens) Poriyal / Thoran











Radishes in the plant bed




The fully grown root veggie pops up the ground and is ready to be pulled out!




I wet the soil well and Yay!  I harvested my own radish (radishes, but pictured only one) in the kitchen garden!
I never knew the greens are edible and badly wanted to make good use of the healthy organic greens. I decided to make poriyal / thoran, which is gonna be my first attempt!


Here we go..




 So, to start with, slice away the radishes underneath and wash the greens well in running water.




Remove the hard stem (if you feel rough while chopping.The stems here were tender) and chop the greens. Mine were a little spiny and I noticed them getting soft while getting cooked!




Top it with green chillies, onions, turmeric powder, salt and coconut.




and mix gently with your fingers well to combine.




Heat oil in a kadai, splutter the mustard seeds, brown the urad dal and dump the green mixture.




Sprinkle some water, say, a tbsp and close with a lid once it starts steaming. Open the lid once every 3-4 mins now and then sprinkling a tbsp of water to keep it hydrated and not letting it turn too dry.




Radish greens need a longer time to get cooked; for about 15-20 minutes.




 They do wilt and change colour as any greens while getting cooked but still stay a bit crunchy!
 Yummy and healthy as well :)




Serve warm with steamed rice or Indian breads.
The leaves taste a li'l bitter, but flavorful!


Now, for the recipe all in one place..


You need:

A  bunch of radish greens (3 large cups +/- ,  loosely filled)
Green chillies- 3-4, slit  lengthwise and halved (you can susbstitute red chillies, which go better)
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Shallots- 10-15, sliced ( I used 1/2 big onion)
Salt- to taste
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup

To Season,

Oil-  a tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
Urad dal- 1/2 tsp

Method:

Slice away the radishes and wash the greens well in running water.
Remove the hard stem (if you feel it rough while chopping.The stems here were tender) and chop the greens.Mine were a little spiny and I noticed them getting soft while getting cooked!
Top it with green chillies, onions, turmeric powder, salt and coconut and mix gently with your fingers well to combine.
Heat oil in a kadai, splutter the mustard seeds, brown the urad dal and dump the green mixture.

Sprinkle some water, say, a tbsp and close with a lid once it starts steaming.
Open the lid once every 3-4 mins now and then sprinkling a tbsp of water to keep it hydrated and not letting it turn too dry.

Radish greens need a longer time to get cooked; for about 15-20 minutes. They do wilt and change colour as any greens while getting cooked but still stay a bit crunchy!





16 comments:

  1. Thats such a healthy and delicious thoran.

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  2. WOW!! Cant imagine the surprise you would have got after ur own radishes at home. lovely curry and clicks

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  3. Never tried this combo as a stir fry. Unusual but at the same time healthy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Radish is one of my fav veggies, so i got to try it some time.

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  4. Simply healthy and yummy looking preparation.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  5. I usually add the greens (that tag along while buying red small radhish) in sambhar's.Thoran is a nice idea :) Will try it out next time

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  6. First of all good job in planting veggies in your garden and harvesting it. I love the whole post. I can believe that this keerai must have tasted delicious. I have never seen radish leaves so fresh. I sometime come across beets with leaves and I make keerai with it, but this one is awesome. Makes me so happy.

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  7. I can remember the ones you showed me...homegrown is always special. Poriyal looks flavourful , apt combination with rice

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  8. How I wish I could grow my own vegetables!! Poriyal looks yum!

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  9. Love the way u chopped the keerai so evenly.Love home grown veggies. My mom always grow lots of veggies at home

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  10. Very healthy .......anytime with fresh roti.

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  11. omg! that looks amazing! never knew these were edible either.

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  12. Wow.....it must have been so satisfying to grow your own veggies.

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  13. So healthy!!!!

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  14. nutritious, healthy and tasty thoran

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  15. we get radishes with the stems here in farmers market and I always throw the green away, next time I am so try this

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  16. Those are absolutely gorgeous looking radish and greens. Thoran looks great too,

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