Thursday, July 7, 2011

Radish Leaves Paruppu Usili

We all are so used to the regular veggies for our paruppu usili. This is a different one. I was talking to my mom about these fresh leaves from my garden. She then said that even the leaves of radish are edible which I never knew. Later she gave me an idea of making paruppu usili with these leaves rather than the usual keerai sambar. So I tried this today and it came out really well. I just had handful of leaves so I got just the cup above full of paruppu usili. What ever said and done, it is always special when it is grown in your own garden. We really relished this for our lunch. It was so great to eat our home grown veggies. I used these radishes for my salad along with some cherry tomatoes ( home grown ). 

Nutritional Benefits:

Channa dal and toor dal are rich in protein. 
Radish leaves are said to be rich in Vit C content, calcium and protein. 


Radish Leaves - Handful (basically its leaves of a bunch of small red radishes)
Channa dhal - 2 tbsp (Soaked for about 4 hrs)
Toor Dhal - 2 tbsp (Soaked for about 4 hrs)
Red Chilii - 2
Oil - 1 tbsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt - to taste
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Turmeric - a pinch


Grind soaked toor dhal along with channa dhal, red chili, asafoetida, turmeric, salt into a paste. Add just sufficient water to make it to a paste. 
Heat a pan and add oil. When hot enough add mustard seeds. When splutters, add urad dhal and asafoetida. When it turns golden brown, add the groung paste and let it cook. Sprinke water when necessary to let it cook. Cover it with lid for about couple of mins till it cooks well. 

Add the chopped radish leaves and start to saute the mixture untill the dhal mixture becomes crumbly and does not stick to the pan. By then these leaves will also be cooked. Add salt if necessary. 
The dish is ready. Serve it with sambar rice or just mix with hot rice and relish. 


  1. nice way to use the radish leaves...

  2. New for me and looks delish ...nice pics have a nice space

  3. Nice idea to use these greens in this way..looks yumm

  4. Delicious recipe.Looks so yummy and nice preparation.

  5. Omg they luks so tempting,very healthy recipe...

  6. Nice healthy dish !! love to have with chapati's !!

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  7. usili looks wonderful deliciously done

  8. very healthy n delicious dish..looks great dear..thanx a lot for sending it to my event..

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  9. Growing your own ingredient takes a dish to a whole different level ~ doesn't it! Love the simplicity of the dish.
    Never cooked with radish radish greens, have to give a go :)
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  10. New to me but it looks fabulous. Love your clicks and new look of your blog...

  11. did not know that radish leaves can be used for cooking- pramadhama irruku! kalakareengo!


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