Mullangi and Spring Onion Recipe – Stir fried Radish (mullangi)

radish and spring onion stir fry
radish and spring onion stir fry

Radish is called as mullangi in south India and mulli in North India often used to make salads, stir fries, kootu, curry and Mullangi sambhar. During my trip to India, my mom had prepared this stir fried radish (mullangi with spring onions), the aroma and taste of this dry curry surprised me. Most people avert this veggie due to its strong flavor. But certain preparations definitely remove the strong smell and can win anyone’s heart. Just like adding a few drops of vinegar or lemon juice to radish salad (mullangi kosambari)can take away the strong smell, today’s recipe needs spring onions to mask the same. It as well adds taste to the curry. White sesame seeds or peanut powder are used to give an additional nutty flavor. I have tried only with White Sesame seeds and it has become one of my kids’ favorite veg curry now. If you do not like the taste of sesame seeds, use peanut powder or pappu podi. 

If interested do check out my other mullangi (radish) recipes on this blog:
Mullangi chutney (radish chutney)
Serves 2 to 3
Time taken 20 mins (including preparation)
1 cup of Radish pieces Chopped to small
1 cup spring onions chopped (separate white and greens)
1/8 tsp. red chili powder (optional, tastes good when prepared with only green chilies)
1 to 1 ½ tbsp. White sesame seeds (chose best quality) (can replace with peanut podi)
One small part of the star anise (optional, but adds flavor. Adding too much can leave bitterness)
1 to 2 green chilies slit (adjust to suit your taste)
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tsp. channa dal / senaga pappu
1 tsp. urad dal / minapappu
Pinch of mustard
Generous pinch of cumin
Pinch of hing
2 to 3 tsps. Oil
How to make Stir Fried Radish with Spring Onions
1.   Heat oil in a wide pan, add cumin, mustard, dals, green chilies and curry leaves.
2.   When the dals turn slightly golden, add hing, white parts of the spring onion and radish. Sprinkle salt and turmeric
3.   Fry till the radish is almost cooked
4.   Meanwhile powder finely sesame seeds and star anise
5.   Once radish is cooked well, add the ground powder, chili powder if using and green parts of spring onions and fry on a medium high for 2 mins.
Serve with rice or rasam rice or roti


  1. says

    Radish is the best remedy for diabetics. I cook it very often, sambar, stir fries and into Chines soup, mainly for my other half to bring down his sugar level.<br /><br />Will try this combo because I am already going mad what to cook with radish, you know so often and there&#39;s no more ideas. Interesting flavors and yes, with our rice.