Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mooli ki Roti / Radish Roti (Indian flat bread with radish and spices)

For those of you who have seen the radishes that are available in India and the ones sold here in the US,you would know they are nowhere alike .The ones in India are large white ones that look rather rugged unlike the pretty and dainty pink ones I see in the grocery here.For some inexplicable reason I have never bought and used radishes since I came to the US.Every time I go past that section of the produce section I just seem to ignore this particular vegetable and keep moving on.

 Finally one day last week I actually SAW these radishes and bought it with the vague intent of making "something" with it.I have faint memories of my mother making a paratha using radishes as a filling and remember she used to labor over it quite a bit,squeezing out the excess water from the grated radish and storing it to be used in sambhar or in a curry.I decided to take the simpler route by adding the grated radish to the flour before kneading it into dough. The roti's turned out soft and tasty and I am pretty sure radishes are going to feature more regularly in my grocery list from here on.

Radish Roti resized

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Ingredients and method to make the Mooli ki roti/  radish roti
3/4 cup grated radish (Mooli/ Mullangi)
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (atta)+ a little extra wheat flour or rice flour for dusting
1/2 tsp coarsely ground coriander powder (dhania powder) (can be substituted with finely ground coriander powder, see notes)
1/2 tsp coarsely ground cumin seeds (Jeera/ jeeragam powder) (can be substituted with finely ground cumin powder, see notes)
1/2 tsp chilli powder (or to taste)
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp coriander powder
 handful cilantro (coriander leaves/ hara dhania/ kothamalli)  finely chopped
salt to taste
1/2 cup water (approximately)
Little oil to cook the roti's

 Mix together all the dry ingredients (items 2 through 6) and mix well Add the grated radish,chopped cilantro and salt to taste and mix well. Add water little by little and keep kneading into a dough. Knead well until dough is soft. (Remember the dough should be soft but not sticky)

Roll into large lemon sized balls and roll out into a slightly thin circle using a little wheat/rice flour for dusting. Place this on a hot pan/skillet/griddle/tawa and cook on both sides using a few drops of oil until each side has a few light brownish pink spots.

Serve hot with curry /dhal/ yogurt/pickle/raita of choice. Yields approximately 12 rotis

Notes: In case you plan to keep the balance of the dough in the refrigerator, the radish releases a little water and makes the dough a bit sticky after a while .In this case just before using add one tablespoon or two of wheat flour to the dough and knead again before proceeding with the next steps.

The point of using coarsely ground coriander seeds and cumin seeds was to taste the "bite" of the coriander seeds/cumin seeds, in case you prefer it without the bite you can use equivalent amount of finely ground coriander powder.






27 comments :

Julia said...

Thanks Usha!

And great recipe, I love Indian radish, the pink ones look prettier, but the ugly white ones taste better in my opinion.

Here in Australia you can get the white ones from Japanese grocery stores under the name "diakon"

sowmya said...

nice one..wil make it this weekend perhaps..have some radish in my kitchen

Rajani said...

thank you for thinking of me, 'appreciate the award!
i love stuffed paranthas, mooli/radish is my favorite in the winters!!

Sireesha said...

Muli ka paratha is my favorite.....Looks awesome.......Congrats on ur awards......

Priti said...

Muli paratha (I still call it paratha) looking so gud...you got some very nice colour out of it...and Congrats for your award. :)

Purva Desai said...

Muli ka paratha.....reminds me of my mom.....she used to make muli ka paratha for breakfast.....and now we live in world of Cornflakes :)
Parathas look really yummy....
and Congrats for receiving Brilliant award...:)

Aabharan said...

This is my fav. paratha... My mouth is watering! congratulations on your award! My first time here, you have an interesting site.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Do drop in when time permits.

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

i love muli paratha .. looks yummy usha .. radish is soo good for health

Divya said...

Usha, thanks for dropping by my blog! You have a wonderful blog yourself. It is so much easier to cook healthful meals here than in India just because of the options that are available and it kind of makes it enjoyable too, I am sure you will agree since you have a lot of "good for you" recipes here. Will keep checking your blog for updates.
Divya

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

I think this is a healthiest roti. Good for weight watchers. YUM! So cool...

Usha said...

Your welcome Julia and Thanks.I never knew that Japanese stores carried the white version of radish will check out to see if the local Japanese stores here carry them too :)

Usha said...

Thanks Sowmya,let me know if you make it :)

Usha said...

Your welcome Rajani,glad you dropped by :)

Usha said...

Thanks Sireesha :)

Usha said...

Thanks Priti,glad you got a chance to visit :)

Usha said...

Thanks Purva,yep nowadays parathas are more lunch/dinner items than breakfast.Breakfast is always cold cereal/hot oatmeal :)

Usha said...

Thanks for dropping by Aabharan :)

Usha said...

Thanks Vegetable Platter :)

Usha said...

Thanks for visiting Divya,I agree that having a variety of ingredients that we get here simplifies things a great deal :)

Usha said...

Thanks Sukanya :)

Vani said...

The mooli roti looks so good! Making rotis is such a nice idea & so much easier than parathas!

Lore said...

Usha, you are so kind! Thank you so much, I am honoured!

Usha said...

Thanks for dropping by Vani, I always prefer making rotis over parathas for the sheer convenience:)

Usha said...

Thanks for stopping by Lore and your welcome :)

Lovliebutterfly said...

Radish roti! That's a great idea! I always have plain rotis! Will make this next time I buy some radish!

- L said...

your roti is making me hungry.

I make something similar, though it's a bit more like a pancake as I use chickpea flour instead of atta (I don't handle wheat very well) and daikon instead of regular radish.

I'm happy to have stumbled across your blog! everything is so appetizing.

martin said...

Just made this and it was wonderful, my first ever Rotis, thanks!

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