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Mooli (Raddish) Paratha

Sunday to Sunday we make paratha’s at house. And out of many Mooli Paratha is my hubby’s most favorite paratha. He wants them well done as Mummyji’s style. This specific recipe straight comes from my Mother in-laws (Mummyji’s)  kitchen. Follow the steps as below  to get it right.

Ingredients for Dough:

  • Wheat Flour – 2 cups
  • Water as per consistency (stiff dough)
  • 1tbsp oil (In my version I have not used it but if you would like you can add it)
  • Ajwain seeds
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for Stuffing:

  • 3 medium Mooli (Raddish) grated
  • 1/2 tbsp Jeera (Cumin seeds)
  • 1/2 tbsp Coriander/Jeera powder
  • 4 Green chillies, chopped finely
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger grated
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (Its optional if you want to maintain the mooli color than don’t add)


I have included all the steps with the image so you can relate  with the picture posted.

Wheat Dough

Sieve the wheat flour add salt & Ajwain. Add water and knead to stiff dough. Cover and keep aside.

  • Peel the skin off from radish and grate it.Mix with salt and set it aside.
  • After few minutes squeeze the excess water from the radish mixture thoroughly.
  • Heat a pan with oil and splutter jeera, than add green chilli,ginger and fry well for few seconds.
  • Add the squeezed radish to the mixture and also add all other ingredients for stuffing.
  • Mix well and let it be on stove till all the moisture evaporates and the stuffing becomes dry on medium flame.(for 10-15mins)
  • Once stuffing is ready, let is cool down. Below is the picture of the mixture.

Mooli (Raddish) stuffing is ready

Make Dough Balls

Make Dough Balls

Dust the dough balls

Dust the dough balls liberally and roll out.


Roll out two individual roti for two layer of paratha.


Now place one roti in bottom, spread the Mooli stuffing evenly on roti.


Now cover the top with the other layer of roti we made previously. And press all over the sides.


Place the paratha on hot skillet/ tava and cook untill you seelight brown spots appearing and than turn over to other side.


Spread oil over the parantha and press to make it crispy well done and brown on both sides.


Mooli Layer Paratha is all ready and hot to be served with Raita , Yogurt/ Curd/ Dahi or Pickle or Chutney.


** Hope you enjoy the layer paratha recipe from my mother in law’s kitchen **


Rakhi / Rakshabandhan

Rakhi / Rakshabandhan / Rakhi Purnima is one of the Indian Hindu festival that falls on full moon day (Poornima) during month of Shravan based on the Hindu calendar (month of July/August). This festival is celebration of bonding between brother, sister and cousins. In India brother-sister bonding is known as one of the pure relationship “Pavitra Rishta”. This festival is celebration of bond of protection known as “Rakhsha Bandhan”.

Ceremony starts with sisters pray for their brothers to have happy, long life and success by performing the Tika ceremony and do Aarti vows. And then sister will tie a “Rakhi – decorative sacred thread” or red thread to their brothers wrist on this auspicious day almost every year. This symbolizes the sisters love and prayers for their brothers well-being and their lifelong vow to protect her.

In return Brother will gift their sister by presenting some money or gift voucher in a decorative envelope or they gift Sari or some form of gift that will make sister happy. At last Brother/Sister feed each other homemade or market brought sweets to each other and younger one takes blessings from elder one.

The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister’s blessings for her brother. This festival is not only celebrated between siblings but with first cousins or adopted brothers known as “munh bola bhai” as well. Some girls even tie Rakhi to Lord Ganesha or Lord Krishna for their family well-being and success.

All sentiments afloat in the atmosphere me sitting with puja thali in hand and my brother with his hand stretched forward waiting for his band of love “Rakhi” to be tied to his wrists. Happy Rakhi / Happy Rakshabandhan! I am lucky enough to have lovely, cute, helpful younger brother whom I love and trust him unconditionally. We share a different type of bond relationship with each other we are good friends, we fight, we laugh, we worry, and we hate and care for each other so much that we can’t live apart from each other for few days. Especially me, I am very possessive about him. I am always worried about him even though he is now all grown up I sometime act like a mom and bug him for e.g. if he doesn’t show up at home before 9pm, I will call or SMS to check on him and will do that until he replies back saying I am all good Di. Sometime I frustrate him so much by asking and checking on him regularly what he is up to. But I guess I can’t control my emotion and worries for him.

We celebrate this festival every year. I tie Rakhi to my brother and send rakhi to my cousins by mail or email and tie Rakhi to Lord Ganesha. Couple of days before Rakhi I visit market for Rakhi selection. Here in US we get very selective design but back in India every stall and stores will have Rakhi hanging out with variety of sizes, designs and decorations. I always end up buying multiple ones.

On this very special day my brother wants me to prepare special meal for him every year.

–          Appetizer – Kanda Bhaji/ Pakora / Mirch Pakoda

–          Main Course – Puri/Poori and Sukhi Aaloo Sabji ( Sukha Aaloo / Suku  Batata /Bateta Nu Shaak)

–          Dessert – Basundi

Please find recipes at Recipe Jar Section of my blog.

Rakshabandhan Message (Source : Google Image)

Rakhi Pooja Thali

Food Feast (Puri, Aloo Sabji , Basundi , Boondi Raita)

Rakhi Stalls In India (Source : Google Image)

!*!*!  HAPPY RAKHI  !*!*!