This recipe is my adapted version of the Gujarati dish Muthia. During my stay in the state, I learned couple of Gujarati recipes from my neighbors and friends. The recipes are all cooked according to my preference and hence I have altered the few ingredients that are essential part of Gujarati recipe i.e. Sugar or Gur. I tend to avoid adding sugar to my cooking and hence I do not add it in the tempering too.
I make methi muthia for adding to the Undhiyo dish. This Friday, I made this favorite breakfast version of the Muthia using 4 to 5 different flours and fresh green methi leaves. As it is a steamed dish and oil is used only for tempering, so it is a healthy recipe too. The mixed flours have a little coarser corn and wheat flour, it adds fiber to the recipe. The methi and Sesame too adds the fiber. The carom or ajwain seeds aid in digestion.
Friday being a weekend here in the middle east, the breakfast has to be something special, I added my little touch in the display, the family loved it and we enjoyed a hearty meal. The muthias were served with a freshly ground, tangy, green coriander and mint chutney/dip. I added curd and onion dip too, in case one wished to have the curd taste, I need curds with most of my meals :).
Sharing here my healthy steamed muthia recipe. These are the ingredients that I use for this version in my kitchen, might differ from the traditional recipe and cooking, but I prefer this version for the steamed one.
TILWALE METHI MUTHIA:
Flours: 1/2 katoris each of Rice flour, Makai (corn)atta, Rava (wheat semolina), Bhajni atta (optional) and 1 to 1 1/2 katori of Wheat flour.
(Note: one could use whichever flours they have from above, and it does not matter if one of the flours is not added. You can mix semolina and wheat flour too to make this. Some also use gramflour and semolina only.)
Green Fenugreek/Methi leaves: 1 bunch
Sesame seeds: 50 gms
Curd/yogurt: 2 Tbsp
Red chili flakes/red chili powder: 1 Tbsp
Turmeric powder: 1 Tsp
Ajwain (Carom seeds): 1 Tsp
Salt: To taste
Cooking Oil: 2 Tbsp
Long red Chili: 1 nu
Water: 1 glass (as required)
Chaat masala: 1 Tsp (optional)
Take the flours in a bowl or a big deep plate, add the ajwain, red chili powder, turmeric, salt and mix. Make a well in the center and add the finely chopped methi leaves and curd. Mix well and using water make a medium-to-soft dough.
Divide the dough into medium balls and make long rolls out of the balls.
Grease a steaming basket, place the rolls in it, brush the rolls with oil so that they do not stick to each other after being steamed.
I steamed these methi rolls for 15 minutes in an electric rice cooker, I find it very easy to use the electric rice cooker. Once done, remove them from the cooker and allow to cool.
Once cooled, our rolls are ready to be cut into even-sized roundels. I prefer cutting them into bite-size portions, easy to eat with a toothpick, also can be served as an appetizer /finger food at parties.
For the Tadka (or tempering):
Heat a Wok or Karahi on the gas stove, add the oil and heat.
Add the sesame seeds and the long red chili slices. Once the sesame starts to crackle then add the cut roundels and stir well so that the Sesame gets evenly coated.
One can add little salt, chili flakes, and chat masala at this stage too, if preferred. Mix well and remove on a serving dish or plate.
I served the muthias with a tangy DhaniyaPudina Chutney and Onioncurd raita.
Give these yummy bites a try and enjoy with friends and family. Wishing you all a good day ahead.