I love finding recipes for often discarded food items that other people don't realize are edible and healthy. I make recipes with cauliflower leaves, have cooked banana peels into chutney, turn watermelon rinds into side dishes, and make delicious dishes from fish scraps and chicken skins.
So when I was in the farmer's market, and saw a huge, beautiful bundle of radishes being sold with their greens attached, for not very expensive, I knew I could get twice my money's worth- because in addition to getting the radishes, I knew I'd be able to cook the radish leaves into some delicious dish.
Radish leaves I knew were edible, because radishes are in the mustard family, and everything in the mustard family is edible- the entire plant, top to bottom- the leaves could be cooked the same way as any mustard greens, or like broccoli rabe.
Of course I bought them, and I really enjoyed this Indian spiced radish green dish that I made, served over rice. It was a drop on the bitter end- if you prefer less bitter, I've included instructions for making it less bitter.
If you don't have wild radishes, try making this dish with any mustard greens, from broccoli raab to wild black or white mustard leaves or turnip greens. You can also make this with spinach or most greens, but the flavors will be more different, so adjust the spices to taste.
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon nigella (also known as black sesame seeds, but another plant entirely)
1/4 hot pepper
2 large bunches radish greens
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)
1. If you want to make it less bitter, boil water, then blanch greens in water for 2-3 minutes, then squeeze out the liquid, and set aside the greens. If you want to retain as many nutrients as
2. Chop up the greens small.
3. Heat the oil, and add the nigella, hot pepper, and turmeric, and cook for about a minute or two.
4. Add the greens and cook until all wilted, then added the rest of the ingredients and mix together.
5. I like to serve over rice cooked with turmeric.
Did you know radish greens were edible? Did you ever cook with them or eat them? What did you make with them? What is your favorite radish green recipe? Does this look like a recipe you'd try? What foods have to made or tried from foods that are commonly thrown away?