Muthiya is a popular snack from the state of Gujarat. The name is derived from the way it is made, from the ‘gripping’ action of the hand. Muthiya can be made in two ways – steamed and deep fried. Grated vegetables are mixed with flour and spices to make a soft dough and then the dough is shaped in rolls and steamed .The steamed rolls are sliced and Mixed Vegetable Muthiyas are tempered in mustard and sesame seeds to give it the flavor and the crunch.
|Preparation Time:||60 minutes|
|Methi Leaves||100 gm|
|Spinach leaves||100 gm|
|Carrots (gajar)||100 gm|
|Peas and corn||100 gm|
|Besan (chickpeas flour)||4 tbsp|
|Suji (semolina)||1 tbsp|
|Baking Soda||1/8 tsp|
|Vegetable Oil||2 tbsp|
|Red chilli powder (lal mirch)||1/2 tsp|
|Mustard seeds (sarson)||1 tsp|
|Til (white sesame seeds)||1 tsp|
|Fresh lime juice||2 tbsp|
- Wash and chop methi and palak leaves finely and drain excess water. Put it in a bowl.
- Coarsely grind peas and corn. Peel and grate carrots. Add to the methi bowl
- Now add besan, suji, salt, chopped green chillies, baking soda, red chilli powder and 1 tbsp of oil.
- Mix it and make a soft dough. Add more besan if required.
- Make 2-3 inches long and about 1 inch wide rolls. Traditionally the dough is taken in the palm and the shaped using the gripping action of the fingers and palm, hence the name Muthiya. We have made simple rolls here.
- Place the rolls in a greased tray and steam them for 15 minutes till they are firm.
- Cut them in half inch slices.
- Heat the remaining oil in a nonstick pan. Crackle mustard seeds in it and add the sliced muthiya and gently saute till they are a little bit brown.
- Once they brown a bit, add sesame seeds and saute for another minute. Turn off the heat, sprinkle lime juice on Mixed vegetable Muthiya and serve it with a chutney of your choice.
- Strain the cut leaves for 10 minutes to get rid of the excess water otherwise it will be hard to form a dough.
- Minimum amount of besan should be used in muthiyas so add it slowly as required.
- Gujratis add a little sugar also in the dough so feel free to add it if you like.
- You can even fry the rolls instead of steaming them.
- You can prepare the steamed rolls ahead of time and saute them whenever you want to serve them.