Monday, September 15, 2014

Mooli paratha (Radish paratha)


Mooli paratha
Mooli paratha

Mooli paratha (Radish paratha) is one of the popular dishes in most regions of northern India. This paratha recipe is a delicious healthy recipe, easy to prepare and it is the best alternative for a simple roti or chappathi. My choice for dinner is mostly roti. However, we will tend to get bored of eating roti very often, so wanted to make a spicy as well as a healthy version of roti. So I decided to make this mooli paratha.

As we are adding spices to the shredded radish and cooking it before stuffing, we don't need a special side dish to be served with this paratha. A simple chutney, tomato pachadi, curd or pickle goes well this paratha. This dish is a very comfort food for breakfast or dinner.

Radish has lot of health benefits. Listing few below:

  • very good for liver and stomach
  • powerful detoxifier (purifies the blood and eliminates toxins and waste)
  • useful in treating jaundice
  • satisfy your hunger without running up your calorie count
  • good source of anthocyanins which helps to reduce cardiovascular disease
  • very high in fiber
  • good source of potassium, so helps in reducing blood pressure

If you hate radish smell and don't want to incorporate in your food then this is the best way of adding radish to your healthy diet. Since we are cooking the shredded paratha and stuffing it inside the roti, the total flavor will be very good. So this paratha is a perfect breakfast recipe and a dinner recipe. Enjoy making this paratha recipe at your home and share your comments below (in the comments section)


Ingredients (makes around 6 paratha)


Wheat flour - 2 cups (1 cup size = 150 ml)
salt - as needed
oil - 3 tsp 
radish / mooli (shredded out of one medium size radish) - 1 cup
red chili powder - 1 tsp
coriander powder - 1.5 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
garam masala - 1/4 tsp
coriander leaves - few


Method:


  • shred the radish. If you are getting more juice from the shredded radish, squeeze the juice and use it while kneading the dough
  • In a vessel, mix wheat flour and salt (add lesser amount of salt than usual as we are adding some salt in the stuffing as well)
  • add water little by little and  make a soft dough. Cover it with a wet cloth for 30 minutes
     
  • heat oil in a vessel and add the shredded radish
  • saute it for a minute and then add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala
  • cook it for 4 - 5 mins till the raw smell is gone. Finally add some coriander leaves and switch off the flame. Let it cool down
  • make 6 small balls out of this radish mixture 
  • make 6 balls out of the soft dough
  • flatten out the edges of the dough ball using hands, keeping the center part thick
     
  • place the radish ball in the center
  • cover it with the dough
  • first flatten out the stuffed ball using hands to even thickness and then roll it to flat circle using rolling pin
     
  • heat a pan, drizzle some oil and cook the paratha on both sides till brown spots appear.
     
  • Serve hot with curd, pickle or any other side dish of your choice. 


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