Mooli Paratha
Mooli Paratha
5 from 1 vote
Experience a flavorful fusion of spicy radish and fragrant spices in a delicious flatbread. This crispy and aromatic dish offers a delightful combination of textures and tastes. Perfect for those craving a hearty and satisfying meal that bursts with traditional South Asian flavors.
Mooli Paratha

Have you ever tasted the delightful combination of soft, flaky paratha, filled with spicy, tangy grated radish? If not, then let me introduce you to the delectable world of Mooli Paratha. This classic Indian dish is a beloved favorite among food enthusiasts for its unique blend of flavors and textures.

Originating from the vibrant culinary landscape of Punjab, Mooli Paratha has been a staple dish in North Indian households for generations. The recipe’s roots can be traced back to the rich agricultural heritage of the region, where radishes were a common crop grown abundantly in the fertile soil.

Preparing Mooli Paratha may seem like a daunting task at first, but with a little practice and patience, you’ll soon master the art of making this savory treat. The key to a perfect Mooli Paratha lies in finely grating the radish and seasoning it with aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, and red chili powder.

The dough for the paratha is made with whole wheat flour, water, and a touch of oil, kneaded to a smooth, elastic consistency. The grated radish filling is then stuffed inside the dough and rolled out into a thin, round disc before being cooked on a hot griddle until golden brown and crispy.

Whether enjoyed with a dollop of creamy yogurt, tangy pickle, or a smear of melting butter, Mooli Paratha is a versatile dish that can be savored at any time of the day. So why not treat yourself to this flavorful delight and experience the taste of tradition in every bite.


Wholemeal Flour: Also known as whole wheat flour, this ingredient is made by grinding whole wheat grains, including the bran, germ, and endosperm. It is a nutritious alternative to refined flour, as it contains more fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

White Radish (Mooli): White radish, also known as mooli, is a crunchy root vegetable that is commonly used in Indian cuisine. It has a slightly spicy flavor and is rich in vitamins C and B6, as well as minerals like potassium and phosphorus.

Green Chillies: Green chillies are a popular ingredient in Indian cooking, known for their spicy kick. They add heat and flavor to dishes, making them a staple in many regional cuisines.

Ginger: Ginger is a versatile spice that adds warmth and depth to dishes. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is commonly used to aid digestion and soothe an upset stomach.

Coriander Leaves: Also known as cilantro, coriander leaves add a fresh and vibrant flavor to dishes. They are rich in vitamins A and K, as well as antioxidants, making them a nutritious addition to meals.

Cumin Seeds: Cumin seeds are aromatic and flavorful, with a warm and slightly bitter taste. They are commonly used in Indian cooking to add depth and complexity to dishes.

Turmeric Powder: Turmeric powder is a bright yellow spice with anti-inflammatory properties. It adds color and flavor to dishes, as well as a host of health benefits due to its active compound, curcumin.

Chilli Powder: Chilli powder is a spice blend made from dried, ground chilies. It adds heat and flavor to dishes, and can vary in spiciness depending on the type of chilies used.

Salt: Salt is a crucial ingredient in cooking, as it enhances flavors and balances out sweetness. It is important to season dishes with salt to bring out the full range of flavors.

Oil: Oil is used in cooking to prevent ingredients from sticking to the pan and add moisture to dishes. Different oils can impart different flavors, so it is important to choose the right oil for each dish.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

To enhance the flavors of your Mooli Paratha, consider serving it with a variety of accompaniments and incorporating different variations into the recipe. Here are some serving suggestions and variations for your Mooli Paratha:

  • Serve Mooli Paratha with a side of plain yogurt mixed with chopped mint leaves and a pinch of salt for a refreshing contrast to the spicy parathas.
  • Pair Mooli Paratha with a tangy pickle or chutney, such as mango pickle or mint chutney, to add an extra layer of flavor to the dish.
  • For a heartier meal, serve Mooli Paratha with a side of dal (lentil curry) or sabzi (vegetable curry) for a complete and satisfying Indian meal.
  • Add a sprinkle of chaat masala or amchur (dried mango powder) on top of the Mooli Paratha just before serving for a burst of tangy flavor.
  • To make Mooli Paratha even more nutritious, consider adding finely chopped spinach or fenugreek leaves to the dough for an extra dose of vitamins and minerals.
  • For a richer version of Mooli Paratha, brush the cooked parathas with ghee (clarified butter) before serving for a more indulgent and flavorful taste.
  • Experiment with different spices and seasonings in the dough, such as garam masala, ajwain (carom seeds), or nigella seeds, to create unique variations of Mooli Paratha.
  • If you prefer a spicier kick, add an extra green chilli or a dash of red chilli powder to the Mooli Paratha dough to amp up the heat level.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mooli Paratha?

Mooli Paratha is a type of Indian flatbread made with grated radish mixed with spices and then stuffed into the dough before cooking.

How do you make Mooli Paratha?

To make Mooli Paratha, grated radish is mixed with spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, and chili powder. This mixture is then stuffed into a dough made of whole wheat flour and rolled out into flatbreads which are cooked on a hot griddle with ghee or oil.

What are the traditional accompaniments for Mooli Paratha?

Mooli Paratha is typically served with yogurt, pickle, or a dollop of butter. It can also be enjoyed with a side of chutney or curry.

Can I make Mooli Paratha ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the dough and stuffing for Mooli Paratha ahead of time and store them separately in the refrigerator. When you are ready to make the parathas, simply assemble and cook them fresh.

Is Mooli Paratha healthy?

Mooli Paratha can be a healthy option as it is made with whole wheat flour and radish, which is a nutrient-rich vegetable. However, the addition of ghee or oil for cooking should be done in moderation.

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Mooli Paratha

by Nabeela Kauser
Experience a flavorful fusion of spicy radish and fragrant spices in a delicious flatbread. This crispy and aromatic dish offers a delightful combination of textures and tastes. Perfect for those craving a hearty and satisfying meal that bursts with traditional South Asian flavors.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 229 kcal


  • 300 g Wholemeal Flour
  • 200 g Mooli Daikon radish, grated
  • 2 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Leaves chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for cooking


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the wholemeal flour and a pinch of salt.
  • Slowly add water and knead until you have a smooth and firm dough. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes to rest.
  • In another bowl, mix together the grated mooli, chopped green chillies, grated ginger, chopped coriander leaves, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and salt to taste. Set aside.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal-sized balls.
  • Roll out each ball into a small circle, place a portion of the mooli filling in the center, and seal the edges to enclose the filling.
  • Roll out each stuffed ball gently into a flatbread, ensuring the filling is evenly distributed.
  • Heat a non-stick pan or tava over medium heat.
  • Place a rolled-out paratha onto the hot pan and cook until bubbles start to appear on the surface.
  • Flip the paratha and brush some oil on top. Cook until golden brown spots appear on both sides, pressing lightly with a spatula to ensure even cooking.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining dough balls and filling.
  • Serve hot with yogurt, pickle, or any chutney of your choice.


For a healthier option, you can use wholemeal flour for the dough.
Adjust the quantity of green chillies and red chilli powder according to your spice preference.
Ensure the mooli filling is well-drained to prevent the parathas from becoming soggy.
These parathas are best enjoyed fresh and hot off the pan.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 229kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 7gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 551mgPotassium: 39mgFibre: 6gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 161IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 141mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Cooking, Flatbread, Food, Indian, Paratha, Recipe, Sides, Vegan, Vegetarian
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