Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Muthia (Steamed Dumplings)

Muthia (Steamed Dumplings)
Muthiyas are savory dumplings traditionally made from Gram flour and bottle gourd. I am sharing my way of making muthiyas. They are good as a snack with tea or as a quick and healthy dinner.

Prep Time - 10 mins
Cooking Time - 15 mins

1/2 cup Coarse Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup Chick Pea Flour
1/4 cup Rice Flour/leftover cooked rice/ leftover Khichdi
1 cup grated bottle gourd and/or zucchini and/or carrots, and/or cabbage
1/4 cup yogurt 
1 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp minced Ginger
1 tsp crushed green chilies.
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste

For Tempering
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
pinch of asafoetida 
1 dried red chili
1 Tbsp Coarsely ground peanuts
1 Tsp Sesame seeds

Mix all the ingredients and form into a soft dough. Make cylindrical rolls. Place the rolls on a greased steamer plate and put them in the steamer. Steam them for around 20 minutes. Apply the tooth pick rule to check whether the muthiyas are cooked or not.

Remove the muthias from the steamer and allow them to cool.  Cut the muthias into small round pieces.  Prepare for tempering. Take  oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, once they start crackling, add asafoetida and red chili. Add peanuts and saute for a minute. Add sesame seeds and chopped muthias. Stir fry the muthias for 2 -3 minutes. Enjoy the delicious Muthias with Tea or Ketchup.

I love to be adventures with Muthiyas. Blanched Spinach and Khichdi makes very soft and delicious muthiyas.
Note : If you are using Khichdi/Rice, skip adding Rice Flour.