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Bajra mooli paratha, or bajra mooli roti as it is also called, is an Indian flatbread prepared with pearl millet flour, radish, radish greens and spices. It is a complete dish in itself when paired with any pickle and/or plain dahi (yoghurt).
Naturally gluten free and vegan, this paratha can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Do try it and give your feedback.
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For the dough:
- 3/4 cup bajra (pearl millet flour)
- 1/2 cup grated mooli (radish)
- 1/2 cup chopped mooli ke patte (radish leaves)
- 1 chopped green chilli
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger (about 1 inch fresh ginger, grated)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
- 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
- 1 teaspoon cold-pressed coconut oil or any vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup/as needed hot water, to prepare the dough
- dry bajra flour, as needed
- cold-pressed coconut oil or any vegetable oil, as needed
- In a large kneading dish, add the bajra flour, grated mooli, mooli leaves, chopped green chilli, grated ginger, salt, red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder, ajwain, kasuri methi and cold-pressed oil. Mix well. Add in hot water little by little and mix in the flour until a dough is formed. Knead the dough for 4-5 minutes until it becomes soft and smooth.
- Keep a tawa (griddle) to heat up on low heat.
- Divide the dough into two equal portions. Take one portion, roll into a ball, flatten it a bit and dust well with dry bajra flour. Dust the rolling surface with some dry flour and roll out the dough into a medium-thick roti.
- Spread about 1 teaspoon of oil on the hot tawa and place the roti on it. Raise the heat to medium. Let it cook it for 15-20 seconds then carefully flip it over. Let the other side cook for 15-20 seconds as well. Spread oil on the roti and flip it over.
- Keep flipping the roti repeatedly until both sides are crisp and golden. Transfer to a plate and prepare the other roti similarly.
- Serve the bajra roti with sweet lemon pickle (or any pickle of choice) and dahi.
Bajra Mooli Paratha: Pearl Millet and Radish Indian Flatbread
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