Mooli ki saag – braised radish leaves

radish leaves saag
At the farmers market, I often observe people take off the radish leaves before getting the bunch of radishes. I have observed the same in India too where the sabjiwala asks if he shall take off the leaves. This week in my grocery I was buying the radish with the tops. The lady at the billing asked me if I kept rabbits!! I replied that we eat it as it was nutritious. She looked surprised but that saved me the reddish leaves that otherwise would have ended up in the bin! This was the revelation that many of them do not realise the benefits of this rabbit food. Well, if it is so good for those cute rabbits, why not for us!
I was so used to the wet markets in Penang and the open-air farmers market in India where they had so many recipes to share while you buy the products that I did not think that some may not be just used to the commercial way of life. I have taken it upon myself to update and educate them a little at a time as I go.
radish greens

Benefits of radish leaves

Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. sativus, is quite popular as a peppery root vegetable than the actual leaves. In fact, the leaves are as equally good as the roots.
  • May it be the daikon or the salad radishes the leaves have six times more Vit C than the root.
  • Being a green leafy vegetable it adds a lot of dietary fibre to your meals.
  • The diuretic properties of the radish leaves are well tested.
  • Radish leaves have been considered useful in the treatment of piles. Though the reasons are not explained clearly, the dietary fibres and anti-inflammatory benefits may be the reason.
  • Just like most leafy vegetables, they are useful for diabetics, the iron-deficient and detox needed ones.

What is saag?

Saag is a popular Indian word that summarises all sorts of green together. Any type of leafy vegetable, therefore, can be saag. Saag is also a soft-cooked curry made with greens especially mustard or other levels that need a slightly longer time to cook. The mashed greens with generous amounts of tempering and butter are often a part of the winter cuisine.  Served with roti and salad of onion, the saag is the flavour vehicle for the meal and more like a sauce that can be served either on its own or in combination. Saag curry is often named based on the leafy vegetable that you choose, for example, sarson ka saag (mustard greens), shalgam ka saag ( turnip greens) and Mooli ki saag( radish greens). Based on what else you add to the saag, you can have saag paneer ( addition of cottage cheese), alu saag ( adding boiled potatoes ) or saag kumbh ( with sauteed mushrooms). You could also add the sliced and sauteed pieces of the radish to this recipe to enhance the radish flavour.

Mooli ke saag

The often discarded radish leaves are really tasty when made in the Indian mooli ki saag curry. This braised earthy curry is best with roti and a salad. Ty the recipe today before you toss out the radish greens.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course sidedish, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Medicinal, Microwave, One pot, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people
Calories 72 kcal


the leafy part

  • 2 cups radish leaves cleaned, washed and chopped
  • 1 cup Spinach (optional)

to saute and grind

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped small
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger root grated
  • 1 medium green chill (optional)
  • 1 tsp cooking oil

masala powders

  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder


  • 1/4 cup full cream milk / plant based milks
  • butter to serve, avoid for a vegan treat


  • Clean and wash the radish leaves, peel and chop the onions tomatoes, ginger and green chillies.
  • Into a pan, add oil followed by onion, garlic green chillies and ginger to saute
  • As the onion turns golden add the tomatoes and saute well.
  • Cool and add to the blender with the chopped radish leaves, blend smooth.
  • Add the blend into the pan and bring back to a bubble.
  • Add the salt, garam masala and roasted cumin powder. Stir well.
  • Cook the greens for about 5 minutes
  • Now as it gets the raw green smell off , add the milk and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in some butter for extra creaminess.
    radish leaves saag
  • Serve hot with Rotis or rice.
    radish leaves saag


Remove the saag as soon as it is cooked into a serving dish to retain the green brightness. Also, don't cover and cook.


Calories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 590mgPotassium: 396mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2g
Keyword recipes from vegetable discards, Winter warmers
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
radish leaves saag
Being a slightly tougher green when compared to spinach, radish greens are perfect for this recipe. If you do not have enough radish greens, you can use, mustard greens or English spinach to add volume to the leafy mix The mooli ki saag also holds the green colour better upon longer cooking than some which quickly lose colour. Enjoy the simple recipe of mooli ki saag and the green bits of every vegetable possible. Waste not!! want not !!!

Here are a few more curry recipes that use green leafy vegetables.

Hope you like and enjoy these recipes. Do let us know your known ways of getting greens on your plate.


Enjoy this week with unique recipes of saag from the group.
This recipe is also a part of the Cooking from a Cookbook Challenge as the base recipe for a saag is one I have learnt from the renowned Tarla Dalal. As years went by I have madly adapted the recipe to suit our needs and the available greens along our travels.
This recipe with radish leaves was the perfect pick for the theme #saagsaaga on Foodie Monday blog hop initiated by Kriti. So here it is.
See you later this week with something more. Meanwhile, if you make this recipe, tag us @mildlyindian or #mildlyindian. Keep us updated on what changed you would make to this recipe. Pin the recipe for a later time directly from the recipe card onto your boards. 
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5 years ago

Super healthy saag recipe . We make dry veggie with leaves and alps add it in our sarsoon ka saag.. loved the beautiful green dish packed with nutrients!!

The Girl Next Door
5 years ago

I love radish greens, but the only way I have ever cooked them is in a Gujarati-style dry curry that is a tad sweetish. Glad to see one more, very interesting recipe to work with one of my favourite greens! 🙂

Vidya Narayan
5 years ago

Radish is such a delight to consume and cook during winters, isn’t it? I add the radish leaves in a stir fry and while making the regular dal too during winters as I love the unique taste and flavour it lends. Healthy side dish for rotis Seema!

5 years ago

Delicious saag. I love the use of radish leaves here and quite hate it when people discard the leaves.

5 years ago

I think Radish Greens are ruling this theme this week   nice colour to the gravy ! perfect to go with Rotis..

Mayuri Patel
5 years ago

Such a healthy and unique saag with spinach and radish leaves. We usually use radish leaves with the radish to prepare a dry sabji or in theplas. I too get baffled when the vegetable vendors remove the greens.

Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

I cook a dry curry which uses both radish and its leaves. Now I have one more variation to try using the leaves. Great share for the theme Seema !

Sujata Roy
5 years ago

Saag looks super tempting. Loved the bright green colour. Perfect accompany with In flat bread. Lovely share.

Veena Krishnakumar
5 years ago

wow!!! This is very inviting. Love the green colour…Never cooked with mooli greens, I will surely try this out

5 years ago

Another interesting radish leaves curry. Loved your recipe. Awesome share for the theme.

Sujata Shukla
5 years ago

This saag looks beautiful, fresh and green. I like the idea of blending the greens and the onion tomato masala together, it gives a very nicely ‘done’ look to the finished dish. I should try making it this way some time soon.

5 years ago

OMG !!! what a vibrant color of the dish   Love the use of radish leaves here seema. Perfectly fit with phulka I think :0

4 years ago

Made this with wild radish greens. Delicious with roti and my husband liked it.

Uday Kumar
Uday Kumar
3 years ago

I have been using tender Radish Leaves in my salads, and they are great. Going to try this dish today itself!

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