Radish With Spicy coconut. (Raabu Mallum)

Radish is a common vegetable found in Sri Lanka. It grows in both hilly side and coastal areas too. I have seen several varieties. I like the long radish as the flavour is mild and when cooked it tastes much better. Radish leaves can be cooked too. I will do one when I go back to Sri Lanka as the leaves are not available here and even if you grow they look really rough here.

This can be served with plain rice. I have clearly written all the steps for a beginner to understand well.

When you buy Radish make sure to buy very fresh and tender ones. If you go for bigger ones always Its woody inside. Always buy very fresh young ones.


Using a peeler or a knife peel the radish. If green on top cut that part completely or do not buy the ones with green tops.


Grate or cut thin matchsticks.







This Recipe is for 500g Radish. So I used 1/4 Teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1/4 Tsp pepper, Enough salt, and 1/2 Tsp curry powder.

In the second picture  are the other ingredients. Several sprigs of curry leaves, one medium onion, 3 cloves of garlic, and several green chillies.

Use 1/2 cup Fresh coconut or 1/2 cup desiccated coconut. If you are using desiccated coconut add 3 table spoon of water and microwave it. Then it comes like normal coconut.

  1. So add all the spices in to Motar (Wangediya).
  2. Use the pestle to crush finely.
  3. After it will and should look like this.


  1. Into the prepared or crushed spices add the coconut.
  2. Crush the coconut really well to mix with all the spices.
  3. The mixture of coconut and the spices will finally look like this.


  1.  Cut 1/4 of an onion, several garlic with some curry leaves.
  2. Add about 2 tablespoon of oil in to a pan. The oil should come to very high heat.
  3. Add a table spoon of mustard seeds in to it to splutter withe curry leaves.


  1. After add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent. (Make sure not to burn the mustard when you cook them)
  2. Then add the grated radish.
  3. Mix well until it get coat with the oil and mustard. Add a bit of salt and cook about two minutes on high heat.


  1. This is the ground coconut. Keep it next to you.
  2. Add the coconut on to the half cooked radish.
  3. Cook another 2 minutes and take it out. If you like, add some lime juice and it tastes really nice with plain rice.

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