Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat - Mooli Paratha
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
What are they feeding you?
Smelly cat, smelly cat
It's not your fault....
Does anyone remember this song from the TV sitcom "Friends"? The antics of these 20 somethings (later 30 somethings) would be something we would look forward to. Of course this was before our 2nd child and before our first one was old enough to understand what was going on. When he was around 6, we had to stop watching a lot of TV shows! My goodness, the stuff they get away with on prime time TV!
These days however it is a different set of challenges. A lot of times, we are not even awake for prime time TV. It is not unusual in our house to find the TV set blaring, hubby and yours truly sprawled on the sofa and loveseat (yes, I'm short!), pretending that we are watching, but actually in la-la-land - fast asleep, and kids staring at the TV!! The kids are probably watching all sorts of stuff we would never let them watch if we were awake!!
Must make for interesting conversation at the school bus stop:
"Hey did you watch the 9:00 show last night?"
"I can't, I'm not allowed to!"
"well, me neither, but mom and dad were asleep and I didn't want to turn off the TV in case they woke up!"
Anyways, back to Friends. I used to crack up when I heard Phoebe sing this song. I thought of this song this morning as I was grating daikon radish.
The first time I made this, I had the grated radish sitting in a bowl on the counter.
Hubby was the first one to wake up: "Sniff, sniff?? Did something go bad? I think we need to clean out the fridge and throw some old stuff away! or maybe it is the garbage can"
Next was our son: "Eww...What is that smell? I think something crawled into our house and died"
Our second one was very little at that time so - "Ga ga..goo goo". Translation: "Phew, even my diaper doesn't smell like this on my worst days!!"
I'm exaggerating of course! The radish does smell a bit funky, but it is not that bad! These days, I make sure to keep the radish covered in a container with a tight fitting lid. No more funky smells :)
The radish does emit a very sulfurous odor when it is marinating, but after it cooks, mooli or radish parathas taste heavenly and what's more, they smell heavenly too!
Do give it a try, you will be hooked forever. This packs very well for school lunches, picnics, travel. All it needs is some spicy pickles and soothing yogurt to make a complete meal.
I also make a large batch of these and freeze them. Simply layer with sheets of wax paper and wrap in a double layer of aluminum foil. When you want to eat it, just pull out however many you need and warm either in the microwave or on a hot griddle. I prefer the second method because it also crisps up the parathas nicely.
round of dough with radish filling
dough ball with filling inside
rolling out the paratha
1 cup of daikon or white radish, peeled and grated
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp coriander/cilantro leaves, finely chopped
2 cups chappati flour (I use Golden Temple atta)
salt to taste
Oil to fry
- Mix the grated radish, grated ginger, chopped green chillies, chopped cilantro and salt.
- Leave to marinate for 30 mins to 1 hour. Keep the container tightly closed :)
- Take handfuls of this mixture and sqeeze well to remove the juice
- Add this juice as required to the chappati flour. Add 1 tbsp oil and mix to make a soft dough.
- Knead well and let it rest for 30 mins to 1 hour.
- Roll out small balls of the dough.
- Fill with 1 tsp of the filling. Start out with a small amount and once you are comfortable with the process, you can gradually increase the amount of filling.
- Roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Dust liberally with more flour as you are rolling.
- Gently pat off the excess flour and roast on a hot griddle.
- Fry one side for 1 minute and then turn over and brush with a little oil.
- When the second side is done and golden brown, flip and brush with a little oil on that side too.
- Serve hot with pickles or cool and freeze.
preparing to freeze
ready for the freezer
Instructions for freezing:
- Let the parathas cool completely.
- Cut squares of wax paper a little larger than the parathas.
- Spread out a square of aluminum foil
- Alternate the parathas with squares of wax paper
- I usually make stacks of 10 parathas in one bundle
- Tightly wrap the aluminum foil
- Label with date and contents and put this stack in a freezer bag
- This lasts for several months in the freezer