September 10, 2008

Radish & Onion Paratha with Cabbage Carrot Bhaji

My mother and my mother-in-law are visiting us these days. And the best part of it is that they both get along well in the kitchen. :) As a result we get interesting combinations for lunch and dinner. Since they both know about this food blog, our conversations inevitably revolve around food. "Do you have this recipe on your blog?" is a frequent question. They pore over recipe books and decide which recipe to try.

For instance, tonight's dinner. We had mooli (radish) paratha with carrot cabbage bhaji and bell pepper raita. Now who can refuse such a delicious combination! One cooked the parathas while the other made the bhaji and raita.

Mooli (Radish) & Onion Paratha

mooli paratha

2 cups red radish - peeled and grated
1 medium onion - chopped thinly
1 tspoon fresh grated ginger
2 green chillies - finely chopped
2 cups whole wheat flour (I use Golden Temple atta)
1/4 tspoon turmeric powder
1 tbspoon fresh cilantro- chopped thinly
salt to taste
Oil to fry

In a pan, heat oil and add the chopped onion, ginger and green chillies. Then add the grated radish, salt and turmeric powder and let it cook till the water is absorbed a little. Then add chopped cilantro and mix it well and keep it aside to cool.

In the flour add about 1 tbsp oil and slightly watery radish mix to make a soft dough. You probably won't need any extra water. Knead well and let it rest for 30 mins to 1 hour.

Roll out small balls of radish dough. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Dust liberally with more flour as you are rolling.

Heat a thick bottomed pan roast the parathas (dusting the excess flour off). Fry one side for 1 -2 minute and then turn over and brush with a little oil. When the second side is done and golden brown, flip and cook the other side.

Serve with pickle and raita.

Cabbage and Carrot Bhaji

cabbage carrot bhaji

Cabbage – 2 cups cut
3 medium Carrots - cut
1/4 tspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tbspoon oil

For tempering
1 tspoon mustard seeds
1 tspoon urad dal
pinch of asafoetida
1 dry red chilli

Cook the carrot pieces with a little water in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Keep it aside.
In a pan, heat oil and temper it with mustard seeds, urad dal, asafoetida, red chilli. Saute till the urad dal starts turning brown.

Add the carrots and cook for a minute, before adding cabbage. Add turmeric powder and salt. Cook on medium heat on closed lid for 10-12 minutes till the cabbage and carrots are fully cooked.

Serve warm with chapati or dal and rice.


  1. The Mooli and Onion paratha looks delicious. The cabbage bhaji simple but best.

  2. nice combo,..everythin looks good,..

  3. Eclectic combination! Totally yummy!

  4. simply delicious mandira! i love dishes like this!

  5. Mandira lovely dishes..liked it a lot

  6. What a wonderful meal :-)

  7. such a lovely combination, yum!

  8. This is great :) and very tempting. I wish I wud be there to have them.

  9. This is a very unusual paratha recipe for me: I usually stuff the veggie mixture into the paratha. It looks great, and I will be definitely trying it this way.

  10. thats such a lovely combination!..I know how nice it is when your mom and mil gets along right! my case too when they get together we see some classic things coming out!

  11. Love the simplicity of the bhaji! And I must say, that plum rasam sounds & looks really tempting. Have a few ripe plums that I must use up soon. Will try this. Thanks Mandira!

  12. its good enough to have one mother..but to have both of them is really a treat (literally!!)

  13. Love the color of cabbage and carrot bhaji

  14. Oh man. Mooli paratha! *sigh* That's an all-time favourite. I just ate one yesterday, but I can't wait for more! :)

  15. The many uses of a blog - bringing the in laws together! I can't see the pics though...

  16. Mom and mom-in-law in the kitchen together? :) I am glad they are getting along well, can't imagine mine in the same kitchen :D
    And the blog always gives an extra bit of inspiration for the moms right? we all benefit from that :)

  17. Sounds very Yummy.....Its very healthy too.

  18. Anonymous8:57 AM

    I had this cabbage dish at an Indian restaurant in Walnut Creek, CA (Sargam Indian Cuisine) last week. It was an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. I never hated cabbage, but I really LOVE cabbage cooked this way. I can be happy eating a plate of this all on its own. Indian cuisine are so clever in cooking their vegetables. Thanks for the post and I'm going to try this at home.

    By the way, what is ural dal? Is it important to have this ingredient if I cannot find that?

  19. Anonymous2:13 PM

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