Dia’s Upside Down Spicy Radish & Bean Pie (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Posted by ♦***Admin--Dia***♦ on June 16th, 2012. Filed under: Casein Free, Dairy Free and Vegan, Macrobiotic, Sugar Free, Vegetarian, What's New, Wheat and Gluten Free.


Summer is now upon us… The Olympics are coming, the radishes have finished growing and Dallas is back on television! Oh and yes, tomorrow is Father’s Day. And this year it has a whole new meaning for me! But I will digress.

Upside down spicy radish and bean pie? Am I off my rocker? Probably so, but I have spent at least a week trying to work out something completely original to do with radishes! Most people just assume you can’t cook them, but they’re wrong! Sauteed, grilled or baked, radishes taste great. They still have that nice spicy bite to them raw or cooked, so thought this would be an easy and fun recipe for you to try.

Dia’s Upside Down Spicy Radish & Bean Pie

Dia’s Upside Down Spicy Radish & Bean Pie


4 small round red radishes

2 jalapeno peppers

1 red onion

1 400g can of chickpeas

1 400g can of haricot beans

2 heaping tablespoons of maize flour

1 teaspoon of mustard powder

1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

2 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons of olive oil


Preheat oven to 356 degrees F (180 degrees C)

Take out a traditionally sized pie dish.

Brush the inside of pie dish with olive oil,

Slice the radishes, but not too thin.

Line the bottom of the pie dish with the sliced radishes.

In a food processor place the chickpeas, beans, peeled onion, peppers, olive oil, flour, black pepper, garlic and mustard powder.

Process for a few minutes or until everything looks well combined.

Spoon mixture out on top of the sliced radishes.

Use the back of a spatula to evenly spread everything out.

Place in the oven for 40 minutes.

When it's finished baking set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes.

Once it has cooled gently flip over onto a cake stand.

The sliced radishes should look nicely embedded into the pie.

Slice and serve while still warm.

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10 Responses to Dia’s Upside Down Spicy Radish & Bean Pie (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  1. Jen Jen

    This looks so pretty! I love radishes, always have them raw in salads. I will definitely be making this!

  2. Bob Smarks

    looks really healthy and good!

  3. Michael

    Looking good! Very beautiful photography once again of course! This seems like the perfect warm comfort food on any day or night.

  4. Dave

    Can’t wait to try this, I’ve got two rows of radishes in the garden almost ready for pulling.

  5. narf7

    I have to say that combining beans and radishes instantly takes my culinary mind to somewhere in middle Africa where times are tough! I must admit you managed to combine these two humble ingredients (and more…) to make something that I would at least take a slice of and taste at a dinner party but I can’t say that I would waste the delicious raw peppery crunch of a perfect pulled radish on making a radish tartin with beans lol. Well done on the creative genius by the way!

  6. Veganmamasally

    Narf7, we could say the same about apples, tomatoes, carrots…well A LOT of fruit and veggies, but as you pointed out that radishes aren’t hard to come by, why not try something new with them?

    Dia, I too think it’s creative and I eat beans all the time and would imagine they are a staple in any vegetarian or vegan’s diet, and this is something I am going to try! Humble ingredients go a long way, and it’s hard times for a lot of us. Thanks for posting affordable recipes. :D

  7. ♦***Admin--Dia***♦

    Veganmama, I think most people correlate the foods you mention as being great tasting cooked or raw, but not many have ever cooked a radish, where I’m from anyway. I wanted to put something together that showcased a cooked version of the radish. I felt they would go great raw or cooked with chickpeas or any white bean, so did this. Although before baking it, ate some of the mix raw and it was just as delicious. I love raw jalapeno peppers.

    You are right Narf7, they are humble ingredients, and beans do make up a very high percentage of my diet because they are cheap. If you ever have a few radishes lying around and some white beans you don’t know what to do with, give it a go. :)

  8. GingerCarrot

    Personally I feel it’s a waste to only ever use a radish in a cold salad as it is to only use a tomato in a sauce or a chocolate chip in a cookie. Thinking out of the box is key when you’re cooking! let me know when you are at a posh vegan restaurant that doesn’t have beans on the menu. lol I love the idea behind this dish and know it would taste great, hardly any waste there if I would eat it all up!

  9. christine

    I almost prefer radishes cooked! I enjoy them in stir-fries, curries, drop scones, roasted with other vegetables and so on – do try them in other ways – I shall be making this recipe:)

  10. Louise

    What an ingenious use of Radishes Dia! I too prefer them cooked so I will be saving this for sure!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

    P.S. The letter S is yours!!! Dod someone say Strawberry Tart:)

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