Recipe & Ritual | Spices & Herbs

Stuffed radish pancakes

AKA Moolie vara paratha
Radish pancake
This dish in Punjabi is called Moolie vara paratha, and is a classic in North India, though perhaps has been coming out of vogue over the last years.  It’s a real savoury treat and well worth the effort. Moolie is a white radish and paratha is a buttery flatbread that can either be filled or mixed into the dough.


Servings: 4
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 474kcal
Cost £3


Spices and herbs

  • 1 tbsp Dried fenugreek leaves
  • 0.5 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 0.33 tsp Caraway seeds
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Gharam masala
  • 3 sprigs of Fresh coriander Finely chopped
  • 25 g Fresh ginger Grated


  • 400 g Wholemeal flour
  • 325 ml water
  • 50 g flour for coating


  • 1 White radish (aka Mooli) Grated.


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 6 tbsp Butter Melted


  • Flat pan
  • Rolling pin


Make the dough

  • In a bowl add the flour.
  • Bit by bit add the water as you continue to mix and bind with you hands.
  • Finish by bringing it into one round piece and press into the bowl.
  • Seal the dough by gently spreading a little oil over the top of the dough, cover the bowl with a cloth and let it sit for approx 15 mins.

Prepare the stuffing

  • Add all the spices and herbs into another bowl.
  • Drain as much water as you can out of the grated White radish by squeezing it in your hands.
    * keep the water, it can be used for a healthy drink.
  • Add the grated radish, ginger, Coriander and the rest of the spices and herbs into the bowl and then mix together thoroughly with your hands.

Make the dough balls

  • Prepare a large plate with some flour that we will use to coat and rest the dough balls.
  • Return to the dough, divide into equal portions, if serving four people then you should have 8 portions.
  • Knead the portions into dough balls and place in the plate; Coat the ball evenly with the flour.
  • Make small patties by gently kneading flattened dough balls between your fingers.

Flatten the dough balls into bread

  • Sprinkle some flour on the worktop (do this for each pattie, and if the worktop is getting too sticky)
  • Now with a rolling pin, roll the patties and flatten them to a diameter of approx 15cms. Flip the pattie over after a few rolls (approx 4 times). Try to maintain a round shape.

Stuff the flatbread

  • Sprinkle a little flour on the worktop. Take a flatbread and place it on the worktop.
  • Take an approx teaspoon of the melted butter and spread across the bread leaving an inch space from the edges.
  • Take a handful of stuffing and spread evenly over the buttered area.
  • Take another bread and place directly over the prepared bread.
  • Sprinkle a little more flour on top.
  • Seal the breads making a sandwich by taking the rolling pin and rolling it a little more, increasing the diameter by another couple of cms.


  • Prepare a flat pan, and set it on medium heat.
  • Place the stuffed bread on to the pan.
  • Heat for about 30s and turn over.
  • Spread a teaspoon of butter evenly over the bread, after cooking for about 1min then turn over.
  • Once again, Spread a teaspoon of butter evenly over the bread, after cooking for about 1min then turn over.
  • Cook for a little longer.
  • It's ready!


Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 1845mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 364IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4mg
Recipe variations

Try different fillings like cauliflower and potatoes

You can substitute butter for vegan oils

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