Mooli - top tips
Monday, 26th November 2018 by Chen
carved daikon mooli

Mooli (it's Indian name) is also known as daikon or Chinese radish, and widely used in Asian cooking. It has a milder, fresher flavour than other radishes. Some types are small with pink-tinged skin or flesh; others are white and can grow up to 30cm long. It's very versatile and is good both raw and cooked. 

Raw

You can grate or slice it and add it raw to a salad or slaw.

Try it Bengali-style, mixed with fresh chilli, chopped coriander, lime juice and a pinch of salt, then (if you like) serve with steamed fish.

In Japan, it is often served as an accompaniment to rice or sushi. Pickle it by finely slicing and mixing with equal amounts of rice vinegar and sugar. Put aside for an hour or so before serving. It is also grated and mixed into ponzu, a dressing or dipping sauce made from soy sauce and citrus juice.

Cooked

It also adds a nice punch and crunch to stir-fries. 

Cut into chuncks and add it to a soup, where you might use turnip or carrot.

Add to curries, along with carrots, spinach and a masala sauce

Include it shredded in noodle soups

Carved

Or you could allow your creative side to shine and carve your mooli into a garnish or table decoration!