Daikon radish is not a new radish to us. It is actually one of our favorites. It is a mild tasting radish, easy to snack on. The kids like it raw and pickled, or served in soups and salads, and with veggie dip. I think its a favorite because it is nice and crunchy, but not too spicy.
This time, I am trying a new daikon recipe. Garlic Roasted daikon radish with culantro cauli- rice.
While daikon is an old favorite, culantro is a new food for us. Culantro is a leafy green herb common to Latin American, Asia, and the West Indies. It is similar to cilantro in flavor and smell. The Latin name is Eryngium foetidum. It has many common names depending on what country you are in. They include recao, ngo gai, wide leaf cilantro, culantro de Pata, culantro coyote, alcanate, fitweed, coulante, bhandhania and others. It is primarily used as a seasoning in vegetable and meat dishes, soups and sauces, but also is used medicinally as an anti inflammatory and analgesic.
Garlic roasted daikon radish
We usually eat our daikon raw, but this time I decided to try daikon a different way. Roasted with garlic, the roasted daikon was a nice side dish with our dinner. And I think, the more garlic, the better. Roasted radishes don’t have a lot of flavor on their own.
Our first taste of culantro was in this culantro cauli-rice dish. The culantro does taste a bit like it’s sound-alike cousin cilantro. I think that if this was a little easier to find at markets near our home, we would make it a more frequent part of our diet. For now, it will have to remain a special treat, unless we can start growing it in our garden. The culantro cauli-rice was delicious. I will absolutely make this side dish again.
Garlic roasted daikon with culantro cauli-rice recipe
The garlic roasted daikon and culantro with cauli-rice are a delicious side dish to accompany any meal. We enjoyed ours with some turkey sausage and amaranth greens.
- 1 bundle culantro
- 1 bag riced cauliflower
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 large daikon radish sliced in circles
- olive oil extra virgin
- sea salt as desired
Place the sliced daikon in a medium sized baking dish. Sprinkle with sea salt as desired. Sprinkle minced garlic over daikon radishes in the dish and drizzles with olive oil.
Place baking dish in oven at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
While radishes are baking, empty bag of riced cauliflower into medium size sauce pan and steam lightly with a couple tablespoons of water.
Chop the culantro into 1/4 inch pieces and add to the riced cauliflower. Mix together well.
Once cauliflower and culantro are steamed, drain any excess water, add olive oil, garlic chives and salt to taste. Cook 1 more minute to heat blend flavors.
Serve garlic roasted daikon and culantro cauli-rice with main dish of your choice
Daikon is radish #2. Three more radishes coming soon!