Radish and Ramps Koshimbir

Radish and Ramps Koshimbir

Ramps are a species of wild onions which hit the farmers market around mid April and early may.   They have flatter leaves than scallions and have a pungent flavor to the leaves reminding one of garlic. Because of this strong flavor on the leaves they become perfect for salads to add the spice without presence of onion or garlic.

Above is a bunch of ramps – one of the best snaps we have seen of ramps. Credit to Sujhey of http://www.fivesensespalate.com/ for the snap and thanks to her for letting us use it. In this recipe we only use the green leaves. We use the stalks for a chutney with cilantro, chilies and peanuts ground together with the stalks.

In india it is common to have a raw vegetable salad which is dressed sometimes with yogurt and also sometimes with spiced oils. These are called koshimbirs. 

We decided to craft a koshimbir out of white radish and ramps. We shaved the radish on a mandolin slicer and then used the knife to make matchsticks. With the leaves of the ramp we bunched them into a roll and made as thin shavings as we could by chopping with the knife. 

We added some yogurt thinned with water and stirred with a spoon to mix it to a creamy flowing consistency. We added it to the side. We then heated some oil and added some black mustard seeds and green chilies till they sizzle in the oil, flavoring it. We poured this over the salad and squeezed some lime juice on top. 

This should be mixed just a few minutes before serving. The acid in yogurt and lime juice starts softening the radishes. They actually taste really nice after the matchstick radishes are softened just a bit. 

This salad is great on its own with garlicky notes from the ramps. We also serve it as one of the sides in a thali meal and this goes great with chapati.


  1. Uday Potdar - May 10, 2017 reply

    Hi .
    Tha salad and the meal look very inviting . The freshness , the crunch , the tempering and the thin curd add all in synch and an amazing balance of the flavours involved .
    In Goa – they make a Radish salad in which they cut radish two ways – thin sliced 2mm roundels which are quaretered / pieced 1/8th depending on the size of the radish ( for the bite ) and grated for the juice release . This is mixed with some pre soaked chana dal , the thinly slivered radish greens – tossed in a pan with minimal oil on a high flame for a few seconds with a mustard seed tadka . Seasoned with sea salt and a pinch of sugar before tossing . After the tadka toss – as it is still warm it is mixed with fresh scraped ( not grated ) coconut – quick stirred and served with dal rice , fish fry – as a meal accompaniment in a veg / nonveg thali .
    The differing cuts of the radish meant for the bite texture and flavour release , the dal for texture , the fresh scraped coconut to balance the tartness of the radish and the staged sequenced add makes it a perfect salad .

    • That would be a delightful salad uday. I always seem to go to radishes whenever there any chana kind of daal cooking! I would love this salad you describe just by itself! And also as a dollop on a plate of dahi poha will work, we made kalachana and radish salad with dahi poha once and it was great! I wish i had the radish greens by the way the grocery stores here act too smart thinking they are saving us prep but we are losing out on ingredients!

    • Uday by the way i updated the post with a beautiful picture of ramps from our friend Sujhey 🙂

  2. Looks beautiful and sounds delicious. Happy to collaborate 🙂

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