Daikon & Carrot Paratha

by Kiran on October 12, 2012 · 39 comments

in bread, Indian, Vegetarian


Today’s rambling is brought to you by the letter “M”, that stands for a mish-mosh of topics!

There’s a point in everyone’s life where slaving for hours in the kitchen to prepare a feast makes absolute sense and worth every drop of sweat.

I’m a firm believer that spending time in the kitchen, cooking up fresh foods to nourish your family is so important. But it doesn’t have to be difficult and complicated. It should be easy, fresh, comforting and delicious.

Especially if it involves the use of a handy-dandy food processor.

Can you sense my love for gadgets?

Let’s talk about gadgets — how many of you have a counter-top that is filled to the brim with every kitchen gadget or appliance out there?

I hate clutter but I think the collection in my kitchen is getting out of control. Some of the gadgets that I cannot live without:

  • Knives
  • Peelers
  • Rolling pin
  • Zester
  • Juicer
  • Stand-mixer
  • Blender….. etc… too many to list.

I wonder how I would’ve survived during stone-age?!?!?

OK, let’s get out of the stone-age era and talk about Indian flat-breads.

Paratha’s are Indian version of whole wheat flatbread. Paratha’s comes in many forms, stuffed or plain with different fillings to choose from.

This daikon looked so intimidating in the market, that I had to have it. But was not at all interested in making a salad so I chose the stuffed paratha route.

It’s an easy route, I promise 🙂

The myth that Indian foods can be so spicy and difficult, completely boggles my mind. There are so many recipes from around the world that are intricate and involves a lot of steps but that shouldn’t stop anyone from trying.

Like, right about now. Go, do it 😀

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  • 2.5 cup shredded daikon (about 1 huge daikon)
  • 1 cup shredded carrot (about 4 small carrots)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup finely minced fresh cilantro
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • some flax seed/almond oil/ghee for oiling


  1. Peel daikon and carrots. Add it into a food processor to shred finely.
  2. Add everything except for whole what flour and warm water, in a large non-reactive bowl. Mix well and taste for seasonings. Keep aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, add whole wheat flour and drizzle in some warm water. Knead until it combines into a semi-soft dough. Make sure the dough is not too dry or too soft. Keep dough aside to rest for a few minutes.
  4. Heat an iron skillet on medium.
  5. Divide dough into equal portions, roughly the size of a golf ball. Roll between palms and apply gentle pressure till the balls are smoothly rounded. Make as many to keep ready for filling and rolling out.
  6. Flour surface and rolling pin.
  7. Roll dough ball into 2 to 3 inch circle. Add a tablespoon of spiced daikon and carrot filling. Gather the sides neatly and make sure to seal the dough so that the filling doesn’t leak.
  8. Flour the filled dough ball, roll dough into 6 inch circles or as thin as possible without tearing. If the dough begins sticking on surface and rolling pin, lightly dust with some whole wheat flour on both sides.
  9. Place paratha on hot skillet for a few seconds before flipping over. At this point, some brown spots would begin appearing. Brush on some flax seed/almond oil and flip it over again. Using a spatula, lightly apply pressure to the puffed areas all around.
  10. Flip again and lightly apply pressure making sure paratha is golden brown on both sides.
  11. Serve hot with fresh lentils, yogurt, hot pickles and salad.

Off to make some sangria. So appropriate on a Friday 😉 Have a great weekend!!!

A few questions to ponder:

  • What is your go-to easy, fresh and delicious family recipe?
  • What’s your favorite kitchen gadget that you can’t live without?
  • What’s your definition of Indian cuisine? 

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1 Rosa October 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Scrumptious and original! Those parathas must taste amazing.



2 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Hehe I have so many gadgets that I’ve got a bit of a ban on single use items! The paratha looks so delicious 😀
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3 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) October 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I have really pared down my gadgets to what I use all the time and the rest (specialty items) I have organized in the garage. The things I cannot live without are food processor, high speed blender, wood spoons, peeler and digital scale.
What kind of Sangria are you making? YUM!
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4 recipeland October 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

We love Paratha, made a cauliflower and potato filling version. This recipe sounds like a winner too, will have to give it a try. For me, Chinese food are my easy, fresh and delicious food. Knife is a must. Indian food is packed with all kinds of spices (Indian roasted chili curry is my favorite), lots of ghee, and always packed with yumminess 🙂

5 Kim Bee October 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Oh my gosh, this is amazing. I just love it. The second photo took my breath away.
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6 Vishakha October 12, 2012 at 11:12 PM

These Parathas look great! I love trying out various combinations of Parathas. Love the colorful paratha stuffing shot 🙂 Hope you are enjoying your sangrias on friday night!:) Happy weekend!
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7 Denise October 13, 2012 at 6:14 AM

Such gorgeous pictures (as always, but really: love the atmosphere) and these parathas look so good. I’ve never made those before, but that has to change, I think;) Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
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8 Kanan October 13, 2012 at 8:42 AM

I also can’t leave without kitchen gadgets. my fav is chopper. and our go to family recipe is methi thepla (Gujarati). we can eat this on breakfast with tea or coffee, as a meal with yogurt or pickles.
as I was silent reader of your blog, commenting here first time. let me tell you that I always love your photography. this paratha recipe sounds delicious. will try it soon.
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9 Charul @ Tadka Masala October 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Love the color of the stuffing, I dont think we get daikon in India, unless it is mooli, which it looks like. If its not, then I will substitute daikon with mooli.
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10 Ira Rodrigues October 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Your paratha recipe is very unique, i will have this partaha with a bite of fresh green chili. oh yum…
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11 chinmayie @ love food eat October 13, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Love the last shot. I love making parathas like this. When I get really lazy i just mix the vegetables into the dough and roll it out instead of stuffing it. It works well that way to…
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12 Choc Chip Uru October 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Can’t live without kitchen gadgets they are incredibly fabulous 😀
But not as much as your paratha a!

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13 Mary @ Fit and Fed October 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Cool! I’ve made my own pita bread but not parathas, and yet the parathas look even easier with no rising to worry about. I can see another fun cooking project in the near future! I like the combo of what I think of as a Japanese flavor, the daikon, with the Indian spices and the paratha. Beautiful photos as always– love the big aqua plate and the striped/mottled spoons in the first shot.
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14 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake October 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Lovely photos!! Love the flavours of this paratha, especially the daikon! Would never have thought of it. 😀
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15 Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 14, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Ohhh this is a very interesting dish 🙂 I’ve never seen the use of Daikon like this hehe ~ I’m intrigued hehe 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
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16 Kathryn October 14, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Oh I love this recipe, what a great combination of flavours. Must give it a go!
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17 tania@mykitchenstories.com.au October 14, 2012 at 7:12 AM

You are just getting better at your photography ….Im jealous. You just have the eye. I have every kitchen gadget known to man kind and I would not do very well in the stone age. You would go mental in my kitchen
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18 Sophie October 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM

What lovely creations, dear Kiran! these Indian savoury flatbreads look just wonderfully tasty! yum yum Yum!

My favourite kitchen gadget for the moment is my Vitamix. i use it 2 or 3times per day & can’t live without it anymore, just like my husband! 🙂

Indian food is for me, cooking & baking with lots of spices, experiencing new & strange food products, techniques, etc. It is also about colorful foods, etc!
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19 Hannah October 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM

What a delicious, savory flatbread! I just picked up some daikon at the farmer’s market, so I’d love to try making this paratha. One of my kitchen gadgets is a small rolling pin from our visit to India, so I can put it to good use here!
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20 lizzie - strayed from the table October 14, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Totally drool worthy. The photo of the daikons is just stunning. I honestly could not live with out my food processor, it makes life so much easier when cooking for more than two people.
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21 Simply Life October 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

oh this looks just wonderful! we definitely have more kitchen gadgets than we need but they’re all so helpful! 🙂
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22 Cass @foodmyfriend October 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM

That looks so delicious Kiran! So healthy too 🙂 Loving your first shot. Although, not sure what Daikon is. Does it have a different name?
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23 Poornima October 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM

daikon and carrots sounds great together. Awesome parathas, love the pic of the filling.
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24 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 14, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I love flatbreads, these look scrumptious!
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25 Raymund October 15, 2012 at 2:57 AM

I love how you composed that last photo, as usual I am in awe!
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26 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 15, 2012 at 10:37 AM

This looks delicious and I understand TGIF. I’m kind of thinking it was tgif right now!
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27 Nik@A Brown Table October 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM

How interesting, I’ve had both radish and carrot stuffed parathas separately but never together. I am sure this is awesome and delicious as the photographs!
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28 Richa October 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Those are such gorgeous parathas. love the white and orange colors. i have so many kitchen gadgets that some sit my husbands office den now

29 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com October 15, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Your site looks different now! I like the new look! Love Indian recipes, would love to try this one some time.
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30 Kitchen Belleicious October 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM

i love yout post and the letter M! LOL! This looks amazing. the daikon and carrots are perfect together. sweet and crunchy

31 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 17, 2012 at 2:50 AM

Daikon in Paratha! So jealous of your homemade paratha and daikon & carrot filling sounds healthy and delicious!
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32 albertocook October 17, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Thank you for your recipe

33 dassana October 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

paratha is “the food” at home whether it be plain or stuffed. loved the fact that you added carrots too. great photographs as always.

wish you a happy navratri.
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34 Carolyn Chan October 19, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I love how your pratha is cooked with daikon! Give me that and a big bowl of curry and I would be so happy! I couldn’t think of life without my knife or my handheld whisker/blender. Then again I have gadget addiction – I am not allowed to any appliance section unsupervised!
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35 Jeanette October 22, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I love how you take the intimidation out of this paratha recipe – I used to be so intimidated by Indian cooking, but now feel pretty comfortable now that I’m somewhat familiar with the spices.
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36 Pavithra October 25, 2012 at 1:16 AM

The pictures look beautiful. Love the props you have used. Very healthy paratha.. I add an avocado to the dough. Makes the parathas super soft and one more vegetable doesn’t hurt right?:)

37 Indian Vegetarian Recipes October 25, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Nice Blog and nice recipe.
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38 Jill October 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM

This looks delish!

39 IraBraceloff August 20, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Instead of Maida(flour) using whole wheat flour will make the parotta healthy. In addition addig carrot and raddish also very good combination. Thanks for sharing..

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