Mooli Huli/ Radish Sambar

Mooli Huli

Mooli Huli/ Radish Sambar

A mildly spiced south Indian flavored lentil stew with fresh white radish, coconut and some simple but aromatic Indian spices. Paired with hot steaming rice, it is an ultimate comfort food.


¼ cup toor/tuvar dal or split pigeon peas/yellow lentils
2 medium sized white radish; peeled and sliced
For the sambar/huli masala paste:
¼ tsp methi seeds/fenugreek seeds
1 tbsp chana dal (split bengal gram)
1 tsp urad dal (split black lentils)
1 tbsp coriander seeds
¼ tsp hing/asafetida powder
7 to 8 dry red chilies
Few curry leaves
¼ cup grated coconut (fresh or frozen)
Small marble-sized tamarind/1/2 tsp tamarind paste
1 tsp coconut oil (or any cooking oil)
Other ingredients needed:
¼ tsp turmeric powder (optional)
2 to 3 tbsp gur/jaggery (unrefined cane sugar)
Salt to taste
For the tempering/tadka:
2 tbsp ghee/clarified butter
1 tsp mustard seeds
Few curry leaves
¼ tsp hing/asafetida powder

Full recipe: Mooli Huli/ Radish Sambar

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