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White Radish Subji

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

Serves 4

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 stone 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. Doshic Notes Vata – Pitta + Kapha +


4 cups white radish, grated 2 Tbs safflower oil 1& 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds 1 & 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp turmeric 1 pinch hing 1 small green chili, chopped 1 tsp salt


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

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Vasant Lad BAM&S, MASc

Vasant Lad BAM&S, MASc

A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAM&S) degree from the University of Pune and a Master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) degree from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya. The author of numerous books, Vasant Lad is respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda.