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Turnip (or Mooli) & Walnut Salad

Turnip & Walnut Salad

Clive Britcher

"Turnip is often labelled as one of the ‘boring’ root vegetables, not ever tried by many people. However, this humble vegetable is great for making all sorts of bhajies, casseroles, curries and of course salads. Grated turnips can also be used as stuffing in parathas. Try this simple salad, which I used to make with mooli radish originally. You can add other things like grated carrots, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, etc. Experiment with other dressings like different vinaigrettes or simply a mix of red chilli powder, salt and vinegar. Use freshly roasted and coarsely chopped peanuts (without skin) in place of walnuts. Add a few raisins. Serve it as it is or on top of crisp lettuce leaf cups or as a side dish to a main meal."

Serves 2-4

Note from Mamta:Clive Britcher is originally from Kent, UK, but lives in Caracas, Venezuela for the past 30 years! He is the proprietor and founder of "Masala", makers of chutneys, hot sauces and spicy foods.


  • 2-3 tender turnips (very large turnips are not as tasty

  • 1-2 tbsp. walnuts, dry roasted*

  • 1-2 chopped fresh chillies, green or red (to taste)

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 full tsp. ground/fine sugar

  • 1/2 tsp. dry roasted cumin seeds, coarsely ground

  • Juice of a lemon, to taste

  • Optional extras: grated carrots, deseeded and finely chopped tomatoes, 1-2 finely chopped spring onion whites, chopped red onions, chopped ‘sharp’ apple.

  • *Place walnuts in a microwave dish, microwave cook on high for 2 minutes, stir and cook on high for another 2 minutes. You can dry fry them in a pan.


  1. Peel and grate the turnip. You can cut fine juliennes if you prefer.

  2. Crush walnuts in a pestle and mortar until (fairly) small. You can chop them in an onion chopper quickly.

  3. Add to the turnips, along with chopped chillies, salt and sugar. Mix

  4. Add any optional extras you may be using. Mix.

  5. Add a good squeeze or three of lime/lemon and mix. Or use any other dressing of choice.

  6. Also see Salad Selection.

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