January 3, 2009

Mooli Ki Roti

Amma made chapattis every once in a while when we were kids. The real treats, however, were her stuffed parathas. For a long time, she made just two varieties: Aloo Paratha and Mooli ki Roti. For some reason, we don’t call them Mooli Parathas just as we don’t call the spud cousin Aloo ki Roti. Ours is not to question why, ours is but to open our mouths wide.

Each time I took this in my lunchbox, a colleague complained endlessly about the smell. Again, quite like cabbage and cauliflower, I must be “immune” to the smell. Or I’m simply not that gifted. I don’t exactly like radish, especially in dishes like sambar. The parathas, I simply love. Maybe it is because we didn’t get them as often. Absence does make the heart grow fonder.

A spicy toasted radish salad sandwich, where the bread is the roti!

1 cup Radish, grated
1 tsp Chilli Paste/ 1 Green Chilli, thinly sliced
¼ cup Coriander Leaves, chopped
Salt to taste

4 chapattis, untoasted
2 tsp Oil

Mix the radish with the chilli paste or cut chillies, coriander leaves and salt. Keep aside for a few minutes. Squeeze the liquid and divide the mixture into two portions.

Spread out half the salad on one chapatti and cover it with another chapatti. Press and seal the edges. Repeat with the remaining salad.

Heat a tava and toast each “sandwich” with half a teaspoon of oil for each side. Serve hot. This is perfect for breakfast and lunch/dinner, or as a snack. As long as you have chapatti dough ready, this can’t take you more than 10 minutes.


Preety said...

hey i made mooli parathas today in the morning for breakfast..i must say i can eat these for the whole day..but my recipe is little different but yours looks more easy then mine..

Dibs said...

Wish you a very happy new year! The colour of the roti has come out very well. Love any stuffed roti/paratha / parantha whatever :-)

Purnima said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR RAAGA! Loved the writeup..the names for dishes surely stay what our amma named them, don't they? Loved the mooli ki roti, looks scrumptious!

Anonymous said...

Raaga, I love Mooli Parathas ( & I do call them parathas:-) ).A reminder that I should make them again. Like u may be I am immune to the smell... including the so called smell of the gobi family:-)

Happy new Year!

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

You won't believe this, but this is the only way the other two in my home will eat mooli!

Happy New year to you and S.

Deepa said...

I've never been good at rotis OR paranthas, and I realized why. It needs practice, and since I am bad at it, I never try again soon after every failed attempt! Have to make this tonight. Thanks!

Uj said...

I am very much like you. I don't like mooli in sambar etc. Hate the smell. But parantha's ar eexception. I follow different method though!

Unknown said...

wow........looks yummmy....
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