Mooli Ka Paratha recipe | Daikon Radish Recipes
Some foods give us comfort. They need not necessarily be rich and gourmet, but what makes them special is the memory attached to it - of our growing up years or anything that means a lot to us.  These Mooli Parathas (Daikon radish stuffed flatbreads) come under that category for me. Nostalgic with warm and cozy memories - of hot parathas just off the stove top with a light smearing of ghee on top on cold winter mornings. The term "Cold" is relative to the country and its inmates, but ask any Indian and this paratha will typically  remind him/her of winter in India.  Oh yes, we do have winters dint u know that ;)?
Mooli Ka Paratha recipe | Daikon Radish Recipes
I still remember how overjoyed I was, when I first came to the US. Not for reasons like - better lifestyle, less pollution, new surroundings( and other yada yada that people usually tell) but for the climate.  I did not sweat even under the scorching sun and that to me spoke volumes. Coming from a place with the hottest and humid'est(!) climate, I didn't really know of winter (in its truest form) but as I said, I have fondest memories of my mother making these for me during the "winter holidays" in Delhi. So, when I spotted these fresh Daikon radishes at my Farmer's market the other day, I could not help buying some with a smile.
I tend to go a bit (OK, a lot!) overboard with the greens in this flatbread, but I am biased towards any greens. But keep in mind that these are peppery -  both the radish and the greens. If you have tasted fresh radishes, you will now what I mean. I insist on the word "fresh" 'cos until then I didn't think them as peppery or sharp. So, tread in gently before being as generous with the radish greens as my recipe states since both together can be quite a bit for some (Refer tip 3).These are warming and spicy with a peppery bite to them which are softened by the covering and some butter. Perfect for winters as a Breakfast/brunch (traditionally) or enjoy any time you wish.
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  • Serves: 4 people
  • Yields: Around 12-15 parathas depending upon the size and thickness
    For the Dough
  • 2 cups Atta (Chapathi/Wheat flour)
  • 1 tsp Onion seed (Kalonji)
  • 1/4 cup fat free Greek Yogurt, see Tips
  • 1 tsp Ghee, see Tips
  • Salt to taste
    For the Filling
  • 2 cups grated Daikon Radish, tightly packed
  • 1 cup Radish Greens, tightly packed, see Tips
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1-2 Green Chilies, thinly sliced (optional), see Tips
  • Salt to taste

1. Greek Yogurt: I tend to use fat free Greek yogurt for not only adding softness to the paratha, but mainly for adding some protein. You can use regular yogurt or instead just use water to make it vegan.

2. Ghee : I add this for enhancing the flavor, but you can simply use Oil (for a vegan option) or simply skip it if counting calories.

3. Radish Greens:Adding radish greens tends to give an even further peppery taste to the paratha along with grated radish. I love the greens and flavor hence tend to add 1 cup which might not be favorable to many since the parathas will have a profound peppery bite to them. If not sure of how you will measure up to it, start with adding 1/4 cup greens and increase gradually.

4. Chilies: I haven't added anything to this recipe since we don't take the heat. If you don't have the chilies, you can also use 1-2 tsp of chili powder.

1. Add 1 generous tsp of salt to the grated radish, mix and set aside to marinate for about 30 minutes. DISCLAIMER: The house SMELLS! Make sure to wrap it up with a plastic wrap if you are "sensitive" ;).
2. Using a cheesecloth (or  just plain hands)
3. squeeze out as much water as you can muster (and some). I retain this water to knead the dough.
4. You might be surprised at the amount of water that these radishes retain.
5. Add the flour and onion seed in a large bowl to make the dough.
6. I usually taste the radish water to see if it has enough saltiness. If not, I tend to add a pinch of salt to the flour before kneading the dough.  Add the ghee and yogurt. Then add the radish water (as required).
7. Knead it well along with Ghee and yogurt (if using). Add more water if needed until
8. it becomes a pliable dough.
9. Cover with a plastic wrap and set aside for about 10-15 minutes.
10. While that's resting, lets finish with the filling. Dry toast the grated radish in a skillet for few minutes. I do this since along with radish greens, using them without sauteing would make it too sharp. Cooking mellows down the bite. But you can use them right away without cooking if you prefer that way (and esp. if you are not using the greens)
11. Add the turmeric and saute some more. Its optional to use the spice, but I am a turmeric junkie:). Set aside.
12. In the same skillet, add the radish greens (Make sure to read the tip 3 before adding the greens)
13. and saute until wilted - about 2-3 minutes.
14. Mix these along with grated radish in a bowl. You can do a quick taste test to see if it needs a wee bit salt.
15. Pinch a piece of dough and roll it out into a small circle. Place a little bit of the filling inside.
16. Bring the ends together and pinch it on top.
17. Press it lightly with your palm
18. and roll it out gently with a rolling pin. The size and thickness depends upon your preference.  Its OK if a little filling peeks out - it adds to the flavor when cooking in the skillet.
19. Heat a skillet on med-high flame (I re-use the same pan. I am lazy!) and add the flatbread to it. Drizzle some oil around the paratha and cook for 2-3 minutes or until browned in the bottom.
20. Turn the other side and cook. You don't need to add additional oil again, but hey I sure am not going to stop you if you want to ;). Repeat for rest of the dough.
Brush the flatbread with some ghee/butter before serving. Its optional, of course but needless to say (yet have to) - the flavor with some butter on them is simply irresistible. A side of pickle and some raita is usually more than enough. Mooli Ka Paratha recipe | Daikon Radish Recipes

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3 Member Reviews

By Milind on Feb 9, 2013

By Bharathi on Jan 31, 2013

This recipe came out very well. Added some cumin and coriander powder and used red chilli pwder. Did not have much radish greens, so added some cilantro and dill. Will definitely make this again.Thanks much for the recipe.

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By medha kelkar on Jul 5, 2015

I like your idea of adding fat free Greek yogurt to Parathas. I will try it as I am vegetarian and always in need of proteins. Thanks.

By Kaleigh on Dec 24, 2014

I am not a radish fan but I love veggies so I tried this out. This is one of my favorite things to make now. Sometimes I do different veggies: whatever I may have on hand like grated carrot and lightly sautéed fresh spinach! It's fun with toppings or with soup or salad. Thanks for sharing!

By traditionallymodernfood on May 21, 2014

Lovely pics!!

By Anagha on Mar 23, 2014

Lovely pics, Yummy paratha, I normally add a pinch of garam masala to the filling to add more flavour!! :)

By Rabeya Ahmed Soma on Jan 18, 2014


By pd on Aug 13, 2013

8) i had try it .its really woderfull to have in lunch. thanks a lot . dear friends try at you home and gift this your mouth as well as it is good for your health . thanls

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By sal on Jan 29, 2013

would love a reply back thanks

By sal on Jan 29, 2013

Hey :0 great site, amazing pictures and recipes job well done, love it....had a quick question about the atta flour/wheat flour....most likely has gluten, do you think or have you tried to substitue the flour with gluten free flours like quoinoa or buckwheat or corn? Im curious to know as I want to try this but want to avoid gluten, knowing the taste will be different...what would you say to that? thanks

I havent tried Quinoa yet, but I have tried making flatbreads with Buckwheat (Kuttu Ki Poori), Corn(Makki Ki Roti), White Millet, Black Millet etc. I will post the rest soon enough. You can this radish combo with Jowar (white millet). --DK

By Manikodi on Jan 27, 2013

Hi, I am planning to try this out.But I have red radish bunches at home.Can I use that kinda radish and its green in the same way?

By Sab on Jan 9, 2013

:lol: Mostly some of pelope don't like Muli but it's very tasty in Parathas. And its bad smell hasn't been come out after cooking

By Shivam on Dec 27, 2012

I generally do not eat radies but surely i will try it

By Archana on Dec 23, 2012

O I make these but do not stuff the parathas. I mix all the ingredients together. Must try these. Thanks

By vanamala on Dec 13, 2012

wow amazing...lovely pics

By kiran singh on Dec 11, 2012

:) i dont like Mooli but its looking so yummy. i will try to make and eat

By Soan on Dec 11, 2012

I don't generally eat Mooli ka Parantha but certainly love the pictures you have taken. It is looking awesome in the pics. And yes, you are right, some food are really in your memory lane..i remember eating the Mooli with the chaat masala topping outside our school..that was awesome time :)

By malini on Dec 11, 2012

i will try this. because i have never tried this. the picture shows very well.

By Divya on Dec 10, 2012

I've never tried making the Radish version of stuffed parathas,but this is probably the first recipe which adds the greens along with the mooli.We hardly get radishes with leaves here,so I got to make do with the mooli-only version:)

By Priya on Dec 10, 2012

Wonderfully stuffed parathas,beautifully done.