August 27, 2012

Mulor tarkari (Radish with Bengali five-spice)

Mulor Tarkari (Radish with Bengali 5-spice)

The Farmer's Market in Ann Arbor is in full swing. All kinds of vegetables, flowers, plants, fruits are available now. If you go to the market Saturday morning, it is packed with people and kids. Little kids on feet, in strollers, babies with their eyes wide open in wonderment looking at the crowd and the colorful display.

Lil A loves going to the market as well. He refuses to sit in his stroller nowadays and walks around looking at each vendor. His favorite is the blueberries stall which has several small ducks perched on top of the blueberries. And nothing beats the apple cider either! At one time, I think, he had a few samples of the cider, before we bought him a pack.

This past weekend we picked up a couple of bags full of vegetables. In it was a big bunch of red radish. One bite into the succulent radish and I ate a few more with just salt and pepper. The rest I made into a simple stir fry with panch phoron (Bengali five-spice).  Keeping it mild and simple really let the  flavors of the radish shine.

Big bunch of red radish (1 1/2 lbs
2-3 tbspoon olive oil
3/4 tspoon panch phoron
2 green chillies
1/4 tspoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 tspoon turmeric powder
1/4 tspoon cumin powder
salt to taste

Wash and quarter the radishes. Set it aside. In a pan heat oil and then add the panch phoron and the green chillies. Once they sizzle add in the grated ginger, and tumeric powder. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add in salt and cumin powder and maybe a little bit water and let it cook for another 4-5 minutes (closed lid on medium heat) till the radish is soft.

Mulor Tarkari (Radish with Bengali 5-spice)
Take it off the heat and serve with rice or roti.


  1. delicious. Like you, I normally eat radish as snack with a bit of butter and salt/pepper... But stir-frying it with spices like this will be so good with rice..

  2. Irresistible and fingerlicking dish.

  3. Dear mandira
    darun recipe...That panch PhoDon , cumin powder and Ada combination is very new for me , Must try immediately

  4. I have never had radish like this looks so good. We love going to the farmers market too.

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  6. looks yummy. i have never cooked with radish. need to try it out sometime.


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