Moongre ki Subzi (Radish Pods)


I was very surprised to find a packet containing long thin beans like vegetable at my regular supermarket. It was labeled as Mugri. Googling did not help but I picked up the packet and hoped my Guruji (Aniruddh Banerjee) will help me out. He identified them over WhatsApp as Mugri / Mogri  / Moongre. These are radish seed pods. This particular variety is the ‘rat-tailed radish’ seed pods. They are pungent with a flavor like radish.

These long stems need something to hold on to when cooking. A popular recipe is to cook them with potatoes. But I had sweet potatoes and used them.

You Need:

  • About 200 grams of Moongre. Snip the ends and then roughly cut them up.
  • 300 grams of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into rings.
  • Red Chilly Powder as per taste.
  • Cumin about a teaspoon.
  • Turmeric Powder about a quarter teaspoon.

Heat oil. Saute the cumin and add the chilly powder and turmeric. Mix and as soon as possible add the sweet potatoes. Delay may cause the chilly to burn. Mix well. Cook covered for about 5-6 mins on low heat. Open and mix in the moongre. Sprinkle some salt. Cook uncovered on low to medium heat till the sweet potatoes are fully cooked.

Serve with Rotis.

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