Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mooli ka Paratha with Onion Chutney!

Mooli ka paratha dates back to a shot in the past. Those were the times, when we became too involved in experimenting all North Indian food in our Kitchen. It was the time during which Sanjeev Kapoor came to our living room and we had many new wonders shown to us, right there in our house. We were hooked to it. Come Friday and you could see us getting excited to welcome Sanjeev Kapoor and his many wonders. Amma will be ready with her book and I would be back from college by then and be sitting right next to Amma, to catch each and every word that's said without fail. I don't remember if Mooli Paranthas are from his show. But we were taken in by all, that comprises and tagged as North Indian.

Mooli Paratha is the best way to eat up a Radish. Atleast for those who don't like this. But for me, I can have radish in any form, though not as a salad. The ones we get here are very pungent. Amma has always made Mooli Parathas with this specialty Onion chutney of hers. I have been having a bunch of Radish in the rack for couple of days and I have been fantasizing of making these parathas for quite sometime now. Hubby dear got in bulk, thinking I would dish up everything as a stir fry, but I still had something left. I couldn't wait to get them hidden in a flour!. If it is a premonition or a sheer coincidence I am not sure, but the night before my birthday, I seem to be indulging in a stuffed paratha. While I was grating and kneading, I saw the kids playing in the living room. They try to scare me, by popping in and out of the kitchen and when Athamma brought Peddu to show him what I was doing, he looked very expectedly at me. I asked him to grow up fast, so that I can make many dishes to my heart's content just for them.

Hubby dear got them tricycle yesterday and it came with songs inbuilt. Poor hubby, was dreaming and thinking only of the tricycles for the past few days. He was particular that he gets the same colour and same size. He climbed up and down some 5 shops before finalising on the choice. Finally it came home, late night but which time, I had almost got them asleep. They jumped started on hearing the new jarring music. Both of them ran to the hall to see two cute little cycles waiting for them. Konda was already trying to peddle on one. As if they knew to peddle already, both ran to it, one pushed his sister away and climbed on. The first thing they did, was to switch on the music. They are still not able to reach the peddle, but the music went on and on for another hour. The song and the music was so harsh and jarring that Peddu expressed displeasure on the continual note but chinnu cared less. It was with great difficulty, we managed to get them asleep. This morning, they got on to it the first thing in the morning. Well it was great to finally eat the Mooli Paratha after all the commotion. It was quite surprising to know that hubby dear had never eaten this at our home, so this is going to feature many more times from now on.

Mooli ka paratha

Preparation Time: : 10 mins
Cooking time : 20 mins
Cuisine : Punjabi

Ingredients Needed

Mooli / Radish - 2 medium (150 gms app)
Wheat flour / Atta - 3 cups
Salt to taste
Ghee - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Amchor powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Clean and grate the radish. Squeeze away the water and reserve it.

In a bowl, mix all the dry flour along with ghee. Then add the squeezed mooli and mix well.

Slowly add the squeezed water and knead to a soft dough. I didn't water any water as the water from the mooli was enough to get me a soft and pliable dough. Let it rest for sometime, while you get the chutney going.

Divide it into equal sized balls. It makes about 10 app. Roll out as you do for a regular chapati. Heat a tawa and cook the parathas with oil on both sides.

Serve with Onion Chutney.

Onion Chutney ~ Ulli Gadda / Erra Gadda Pacchadi

We call Onion as Erragadda because its red in colour, simple right. But it is also referred as Ulli in most parts of Andhra. Its called Vengayam in Tamil, though quaintly, I don't know the origin of this chutney. Just that Amma makes this for Mooli Paratha and it just tastes awesome.This was one of the dish that I planned for JFI Onion, but time was never my companion.

Thus, I find myself in midst of its company many months later and what a joy it was, this reunion.

Preparation Time: : 5 mins
Cooking time : 5 mins

Ingredients Needed:

Onions - 2 medium chopped
Red Chillis - 4 long
Tamarind - pebble sized.
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp

Mustard seeds + Urud dal - 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves few

Method to prepare:

Heat a pan with little oil and fry the chopped onion, red chillies and tamarind. Once its nicely browned, remove and let it cool.

Grind to a smooth paste along with salt. Temper it with Mustard and curry leaves with the remaining oil.

Serve with Mooli Ka parathas!

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Nags said...

once my roommates's mom made pakodas with radish. was amazing. havent used this veg in anythin else so far :)

Jayashree said...

Iam planning to make mooli parathas tonight for dinner....i make it a little differently...will post that soon. I like your version.

jayasree said...

I do make use of mooli in parathas other than making sambhar of it. Sahll try ur version of onion chutney. I usually add little chana dal to the chutney.

satya said...

I make mooli paranthas by stuffing grated radish as we do for... aloo paraanthas.Mixing with the flour sounds easier... like theplas.Will try it.Thank you Srivalli.Paranthas are looking delicious.

hobbitt said...

What coinincidence . Today morning only I made onion chutney for idlis !Did'nt know they could be had along with mooli parathas ! Will try this combo next time I make mooli parathas .Good idea !

Sia said...

its always gr8 to read abt ur kids valli:) i guess with that music tri-cycle ur hubby should have bought some ear plugs too;)
delicious looking mooli parathas. i made some on weekend but i stuffed gated mooli. and i am bookmarking ur amma's onion chutney recipe to try next time when i make parathas :)

Happy cook said...

I have tears of laughing thinking about Konda trying to peddle on the cycle.
Isn't it true we parents have more one when it come for choosing toys for the kids.
Wait for a while you hubby would be fed up hearing the music which comes from the cycle....

Coffee said...

lOL! Cute kids. :) Liked the combination of mooli ke parathe with onion chutney. We mostly have it with yogurt. Liked your chutney recipe! :)

Asha said...

I have destroyed a few Music playing toys in my life Sri!! They are mind boggling to hear it again and again, drives you crazy!!;D
Good luck with that cycle!:)
Mooli paratha, I have yet to try, onion chutney is yum, I make it at home.Both look mouthwatering there!

Kalai said...

Amma makes a very similar onion chutney for dosa and idli. Never tried mooli paratha before, but this looks awesome! :)

Alpa said...

the paranthas look scrumptious, but a couple weeks back, i used mooli that i grated and filled instead of adding directly in the flour. I will try this way the next time. Chutney recipe sounds tasty as well as simple!

Uma said...

Love the parathas. They look so yummy!

Laavanya said...

I thought the mooli mixture had to be stuffed. Nice to know that it can be mixed with the dough itself - a lot easier for me. ... Thanks for this.

sra said...

Valli, is it your birthday today, yesterday? Happy Birthday!

vimmi said...

Nice writeup Sri. We make stuffed mooli paranthas with green chilies, hara dhania and masalas. Havent made it in a long time. remeber keeping a diary too with SK recipes.

Anonymous said...

Hi Valli

Many many happy returns of the day...the parathas look amazing


Superchef said...

mmmmm...yummy yummy food... i have some baby radish...and this is what im gonna make!!

masalamagic said...

That looks so delicious Sri! I'm going to ahve to try your recipe as soon as i get my hands on some mooli! the chutney looks divine!

musical said...

Paranthas would have tasted so good with that awesome chutney! I like your way of mixing moolis with flour! Lovely recipe.

Mansi Desai said...

Looks great Srivalli! I am wanitng to make this too for some time now:) don't know when the muhurat will come:D

Dhivya said...

looks yummy

Pooja V said...

I love these hidden in flour. Btw you can send this to B n Jai's click event.

Srivalli said...

Nags, hey pakodas??..sounds great...will try that out sometime..or better you give me the recipe...try this ..its yummy too

Jayashree, oh great..will be nice to see your version too

jayasree, thats good to know...with channa dal too it will taste good..but I haven't tried it with mooli paratha

satya, yeah but we have always made this way..stuffing means you got to remove the water so it looses lot of vitamins right...this way you use up everything...thank you..glad you liked them

hobbitt, great...this combi will be delicious ...

Sia, oh god wish he had remembered to get those too..two days its been dil dediya..dil dediy thats going on and one...:D...thanks..sure try its yummy

Happy cook, hahhah...thanks glad you like this ...yeah we are already fed up with that..and he is conspiring on how to remove the batteries..we are hoping it will get used up fast..:)

Coffee, thanks...glad you liked this combi..

Asha, oh thats really nice to know..we mostly suffer through hoping it will get used up soon..but now it looks like we got to work on it...thanks..then you should try mooli then

Kalai, yeah these they taste out of the world

Alpa, yeah they are a great combi..thanks for dropping by

Uma, thank you!

Laavanya, yeah this way you don't waste the water...try and let me know!

sra, thank you for the wishes..

vimmi, oh wow..that must taste great too..will try next time...nice to know abt your sk recipes...

Ranjitha, nice to see you back...thank you very much for the wishes!

Manju, thank you...try and let me know!

latha, pls do they are great...

musy, glad you like them...

Mansi, hahah..waiting for muhurat for this.. just plunge in and make!

Dhivya, thank you

Pooja, hahha..nice..thanks...I had already sent my aloo paratha for the event!..thanks for the thoughts

satya said...

Many many happy returns of the day Srivalli.Hope you had a wonderful day.
I am sure that the cycles provided the background music for the celebrations...ha

Homecooked said...

Wow....looks delicious!!! Even I have never eaten mooli prathas.Will definitely try it.

Srivalli said...

satya, Thank you very much. Glad you came back to check. Yes they did make a good band to the whole celebrations..:D

arundati said...

mmm i love mooli paranthas!!

Vanamala said...


Paratha slurrrrrrrrp!!! really MW dish.

Srivalli said...

arundati, thats nice to know..

Vanamala, you are welcome to it!

Ramki said...

Hi Srivalli,

Am blogging your paratha as a model recipe in the 1001 Paratha cookbook at

/Thanks for the recipe

Alka said...

Hey Valli,Here's wishing you warmest of Birthday wishes,may u enjoy the day and coming years to your heart's content
Cheers :-)

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