Mooli ka Paratha / Stuffed Flatbreads with Spiced Radish Mix

Mooli Paratha or Stuffed Flatbreads with Spiced Radish mix are popular Indian Breakfast special made with Whole Wheat Flour, a spicy radish filling and cooked over a hot pan with spoonfulls of ghee.

Mooli ka Paratha / Stuffed Flatbreads with Spiced Radish Mix

Mooli ka Paratha / Stuffed Flatbreads with Spiced Radish Mix

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Mooli ke Parathe or Whole Wheat Flatbreads that are stuffed with a spicy mix of grated Radish (white) and basic Indian spices with chopped cilantro or Coriander and green chillies for that spice kick, marks the onset of winters for me.

Mooli Ka paratha

While Mumbai is still facing the sweltering October heat and humidity, I am already visualizing myself in the month of December, when it would be time to dig into these hot and piping mooli ka paratha with some achar or pickle, green chillies on the side (if you are a spicy food lover like me) and some raita or plain curd would do the trick too. Life is sorted!

Stuffed parathas are usually planned for weekends as we are both at home.  A good filling paratha doesn’t need any fancy side dish and can be just rolled and eaten as it is. For the weekdays, I opt for simple versions of parathas which are low in oil and ghee, more protein based with some pulses added etc that can double up as a breakfast or lunch packed for husband or a travel snack when travelling long distance. You might want to check out the Ajwain Mixed Dal Parathas, White Peas or Safed Matar Ka Paratha or the Methi Theplas, which is yet another Winter specialty.

Of all the parathas, Mooli or Radish is one of my favourites. Even though it is time consuming, I honestly feel it is worth it. Thankfully, in Mumbai access to Mooli or Radish is not that difficult. However, I also believe the best ones usually arrive a little after Navratri and during Diwali, just before there is a slight nip in the air in the mornings. They are tender, fresh and super juicy,  less pungent too than what we get during the rest of the year. There is a reason for encouraging consumption of seasonal produce as with climate change, our body needs to fight and keep our immunity levels in check. Food plays a very important role and the seasonal variety of fruits and vegetables should be encouraged and cooked at home.

Mooli ka Paratha

Mooli or White Radish is a root vegetable and has umpteen health benefits. When I have digestive distress, I simply resort to home remedies. One of which is consuming raw radish as part of my salad which helps ease flatulence and constipation too.Growing up, Mulangi Sambar or Radish Sambar was a weekly affair for detox at home.

Mooli ka Paratha

Now, I end up making Mooli parathas when festivities are over and we are looking for a good detox after the festive binging. Radish helps you detox in a great way, the skin glows for days together and you feel much lighter as it eases the bloating and water retention.

For the Mooli ka Paratha, I have used Organic Wheat Flour to knead the dough. I have refrained from adding garam masala and used only basic red chilli powder and some green chillies with generous amounts of finely chopped coriander leaves.

Like I mentioned earlier, it does take a while to get everything together to make this Mooli Ka Paratha. So, I usually make the filling the previous night and then make the parathas the next morning for breakfast. Saves time and effort, not to mention one can avoid the morning rush when things are prepped and packed in fridge.

If you are looking for Options to pair this delicious stuffed paratha, try the Mixed vegetable Raita, some Carrot, Mango Ginger and Green chilli pickle on the side or the Apple Thokku, the Instant Apple Pickle in South Indian Style. Paratha minus aachar is not a life worth living!

The step by steps pictures below will give you an idea on how to get the perfect filling which doesn’t break or sticks (there would be some amount of sticking due to the moisture released from the radish while being shaped into a paratha). Also, don’t shy away from eating this fully loaded Radish Paratha with ghee or clarified butter. If you want to make it more healthy, opt for the white butter on top instead. Sheer Bliss! Winters are the best time to indulge in such healthy treats, home made is always better even with that extra dollop of ghee or butter, one can always ensure the ingredients and method of cooking is safe.

The theme for the #167FoodieMondayBlogHop is #RootingforRoots and my contribution for the blog hop is the Mooli ka Parathe / Stuffed Flatbreads with Spiced Radish Mix

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Recipe for Mooli ka Paratha / Stuffed Flatbreads with Spiced Radish Mix with Step by Step pics 

Makes 7 to 8 stuffed parathas of medium size

Ingredients

For the Wheat Flour dough

  1. 2 cups of Organic Wheat Flour
  2. 1 tsp of oil
  3. ½ tsp Salt
  4. Warm water as required to knead the dough

For the Filling

  1. 4 packed cups of grated radish / mooli
  2. ½ tsp of Red chilli powder
  3. 1 tsp of salt
  4. Chopped coriander leaves as required
  5. Finely chopped green chillies as required

Method

  1. Using ingredients under “Wheat Flour Dough”, make a tight and medium soft dough and keep aside for 20 minutes.
  2. Wash and peel the skin of the radish and grate it.
  3. Add the 1 tsp of salt and mix well. Cover the radish and keep aside for atleast 20 minutes.
  4. After 20 minutes, the radish would have left out a lot of water. Now we need to squeeze the excess moisture, salt etc (with the help of kitchen cloth or muslin cloth as shown below) so that we get a dry filling for the paratha which is easily pliable.
  5. The quantity of the radish will reduce to half and now you may add the finely chopped coriander leaves, red chilli powder and green chillies to this mixture and gently mix everything. Don’t apply excess pressure. 
  6. Make equal balls of the dough. The balls should be slightly bigger than a lemon to hold the radish mixture which would leave a bit of moisture while rolling.
  7. Fill the mixture (as per your preference). We prefer a loaded paratha so add a lot of mixture. Carefully fold and roll out the parathas by dusting with flour on both sides.
  8. Heat a non-stick pan and cook the parathas over medium heat on both sides by generously applying ghee.
  9. Eat it piping hot with accompaniments of your choice or as advised above.

Recipe Notes –

  • If you observe from the recipe, I have not added any extra salt to the filling mixture once the water is squeezed out. I always add a lot of salt when the radish is grated to reduce the pungency and the sharpness of the radish. Once the water is squeezed out, the salt will still remain enough to season the mixture. Also, the wheat flour dough has salt which when combined together will work well.
  • Ensure you have a tight and medium soft dough. If the dough is too soft, when the filling is added, it might break and tear. Warm water and 1 tsp of oil definitely helps in achieving the dough consistency.
  • You can skip or reduce the quantities of both the red and green chillies used in the recipe according to your taste and preference.
  • Tender and fresh leaves of the radish can be chopped and added to the mixture too along with coriander. However, ensure there are no stems which may break the parathas while rolling. PS – Use only the tender leaves of the radish. The mature greens have thorns in them and are not suitable for consumption.
  • The best way to clean the radish is to soak it in water / kitchen sink for sometime and then cleaning it thoroughly to get rid of the mud and dirt. Always peel the first layer of the skin before grating or serving as a salad.

Vidya Narayan

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 26 Comments

    1. Same here Bhavna. thanks so much

  1. Mooli ka paratha is a loved affair at my place , especially during winters. Your parathas are making me hungry..loved the way you have presented it Vidhya .

    1. Thanks so much. Wish I could feed you some hot ones.

    1. Thank you so much

  2. I don’t like radish much but love this paratha 🙂

    1. I adore Radish in any form and esp in raw salads during winters. Thanks, glad you liked the paratha.

  3. Mooli ka paratha is an all-time favourite at home!   Yours look absolutely delicious and just perfect.

    1. Thank you!

  4. Delicious paratha 😍
    I loved the idea of mixed veg raita.😋

    1. Thank you so much Jyoti. Adding lot of vegetables on the side, definitely helps.

  5. I am a big fan of any stuffed paratha and love mooli ka paratha too… love the step by step pics

    1. Thank you so much Amrita.

  6. Yummy mooli ke parathe. I love them, and that’s a regular treat from my sister in law’s kitchen whenever we are in Mumbai. I tried making them once at home and didn’t really work out too well. Going through your recipe, realize my mistakes.. the grate has to be fine, remove the water etc. Hopefully next time I make them, they will turn out perfect. Till now was taking the easy way out, adding the grated mooli and leaves to the dough.

    1. Happy to know you will try attempting this at home and hoping that you love the results. By the way, the easy way idea sounds really good adding the grated mooli and leaves to the dough and making rotis. I in turn should be trying that sometime soon.

  7. love mulli paratha. This looks so delicious

    1. Thanks so much and same here.

  8. To put it simply, Wow!!! Paratha, pickle and yogurt combo should be just classified made in foodie wonderland. I loved to read your post and the little tips on salad for the tummy upsets.

    1. Thank you so much dear Seema.

  9. Mooli ka paratha! Yum and a lovely post as well as tempting images. And, Vidya, such useful tips on how to make a really good Mooli paratha.

    1. Thank you so much.

  10. Your mooli paratha looks absolutely delicious. Loved your presentation. Feeling hungry after dinner. Thanks for the suggestion of squeezing mooli with the help of kitchen towel. Hope my mooli paratha will be perfect next time like you. Superb share.

    1. It will be perfect, you are a fantastic cook yourself! Thank you so much for your lovely words!

  11. Muah Vidya , parathas r all time favorite for me n Vehaan . This time again as usual followed ur Receipe n the results are super soft ,super yummy mooli ke parathe. I have been making all different types of parathas . This is the best way to make ur kids eat all veggies who always make faces when told to eat them. Vehaan still thinks it’s onion paratha 😀Thank you once again for a healthy as well as a yummy recipe

    1. This is so good to hear and read Geeta. I am truly thankful for hopping on to the site and letting me know Vehaan loved the parathas. Give him my love. Hugs to you!

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