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Friday, October 8, 2010

Mooli/Muli Paratha - Daikon Flat Bread

Its been ages since I ate muli parathas. I visited the Asian store recently and found these large daikons there. That was irresistable and I bought one. In India I had always bought these white radishes also known as muli, mula in the local languages in a bunch, similar to carrots. I have only seen bunches of red radishes here though. Daikon is what comes closest to the white radish. It is not that pungent in taste and I have never seen it in bunches. Most often its really long and sold in pieces. We ate some raw with lemon and salt and I decided to make parathas with the rest of it. It was absolutely delicious.

1-2 white radishes or about 6 inch piece of daikon, grated
red chilli powder to taste
salt to taste
1 tsp ajwain/carom seeds
1 cup besan/gram flour
whole wheat flour - enough to knead the dough
2 tbsp oil
oil to cook
water to knead the dough

Add a little salt to the grated daikon/radish. As soon as you do that, it will start releasing water. We want to knead the dough using this water. Additional water is not required. Add the carom seeds, chilli powder, salt to taste, 1.5 tsp oil and besan. Mix well. Then add enough wheat flour to be able to bring all the ingredients together and knead the flour. You may need around 1-1.5 cups. Add a little at a time. Once the mixture comes together in a dough, coat it with 1/2 tsp oil.
Then roll these out into 6-8 inch rounds. These should be a little thick, about 2-3 mm. Add a few drops of oil to your pan, cook it one one side for about a minute till it looks slightly cooked. Then flip it, add some oil around it and then cook it till the side is well cooked, indicated by light brown spots. This will take a little longer than the first side. Then flip it again, and cook it on the semi-cooked side, till that side is completely cooked.

Serve hot with butter, chutney or raita.

The daikon/radish will keep releasing water, so you may need to add a little wheat to the surface it's being rolled on so that it doesn't stick.


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