White Radish Subji
© 1994, Excerpted with permission from Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing
by Usha and Dr. Vasant Lad

The Qualities of Daikon Radishes

Radish is pungent and heating with a pungent vipak. It is digestive and relieves gas.

Medicinal Uses:A good food for constipation, hemorrhoids, and heart conditions. Radish has a diuretic action and is useful for kidney stones.

Doshic Notes
Vata -
Pitta +
Kapha +




While not used much in American dishes, white radish is used throughout Asia in cooking as well as in raw dishes and as a pickled condiment. At the change of seasons from winter to spring, it can be helpful to get kapha moving without increasing pitta too much.


Wash the radish and grate medium-fine. Rinse the grated radish twice.

Heat a frying pan on medium and add the oil, then the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing, turmeric, chili, and salt.

Stir until the seeds pop. Add the radish and mix well.

Cover and cook on medium-low heat until tender, about 12 minutes. Excellent for digestion!


Ingredients, Serves 4

4 cups
white radish, grated
2 Tbs

safflower oil

1& 1/2 tsp
black mustard seeds
1 & 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds
1 tsp
1 pinch
small green chili, chopped
1 tsp


Daikon image © Elena Schweitzer, egal@istockphoto.com


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