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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Methi - Mooli Rotis / Fenugreek Greens - Black Radish Flatbread

For the past few weeks, my daughter's favorite lunch box item has been 'colorful rotis'. I am trying to keep them interesting and nutritional as well since lunch box is being brought home empty. Touch wood. I however don't know how long this 'favorite' is going to last. I am trying to sneak in vegetables in the dough itself since she goes 'I need plain rotis and no koora' (no subzi). It was methi -mooli turn today. I had bought some black radishes last week and used one of those. White / pink radish or daikon can be substituted for the black radish. Even with a cup of plain yogurt, these rotis make a complete meal.

Ingredients for 10 rotis:
2 cups atta + some extra for dusting*
1 cup washed and coarsely chopped methi / fenugreek greens
1/2 cup peeled and grated radish
1/2 tsp Chili powder (optional. Or substitute finely chopped / paste of green chillies & ginger)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
Salt to taste
Milk / water as needed to make a firm dough (I used 3/4 cup fat free milk)
A few Tbsp oil to make rotis
* Whole wheat flour sold at Indian grocers

Preparing the dough:
Combine the atta, salt, chili powder, turmeric powder and cumin seeds in a mixing bowl. Mix in the methi leaves and grated mooli / radish. Gradually add the milk / water as needed to form a firm but pliable dough. Allow it to rest for a couple of hours. If rotis are not being made at this point, the dough can be refrigerated for 2 -3 days. When it need to be used, place it covered in a microwave for about 15 - 20 seconds and it would be ready.

Making rotis:
* Pinch a lime sized portion of the dough. Flatten it into a disc and roll it into a thin circle using a rolling pin. Use some atta for dusting, if needed. 
* Heat a tawa / shallow pan. Place the rolled out roti on the pan. Cook till both sides are done, adding 1/2 tsp of oil along the edges and flipping in between.
* Repeat with the remaining dough. Simultaneously the dough can be rolled out and toasted at the same time.



kitchen queen said...

wonderful delicious and healthy combo parathas.

harini-jaya said...

Lunch boxes for kids is such a stressful activity, don't u agree? Oka Sari Nacchedhi malli chesthe lunch box yatha thathanga vapas vasthundhi :( Maa intlo rice varieties is doing the rounds for now!

Priya said...

Healthy and inviting rotis..

Sush said...

Seriously!, kids lunch box are tough task. Loved the roti :)

The Foodie said...

So healthy paratha... I liked the idea of mixing both methi and mooli :)

PriyaVaasu said...

I too agree, packing lunchboxes, that too for the little masters, is really a tough job!! I too try to sneak veggies into his favourite poori's!!! Roti's are very inviting!!!!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

love the colour and texture!luks perfect!

Prathibha said...

delicious rotis..looks really yumm

Kairali sisters said...

Great and brilliant photography and lovely rolls...

swapna said...

Lovely combo...healthy rotis!!

Suma Gandlur said...

Harini, chaala correct. My daughter has only three favorite items for lunch box and all these years, she has been carrying only those. Do you believe it?

Priya Sreeram said...

lovely post and healthy rotis !

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow, what a beautiful picture, love it. coincidently, I too posted this on the same day :)

Apu said...

Looks excellent - love mooli and methi!!