Vegetable Muthiya/Dumpling

Ingredients:

For making muthiya –

  • 2 cups – freshly grated pumpkin/bottle gourd (lauki/dudhi)
  • ½ cup – chopped spinach/methi (as per availability)
  • ½ cup – jowar/bajra flour
  • 1 cup – sattu (roasted chana flour)
  • 1 cup – rice flour

  • ½ cup ragi flour (optional)
  • 1 tbsp – ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tsp – sesame (til) seeds
  • 1 tsp – carom(ajwain) seeds
  • 2 tsp – red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp – turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp – coriander powder
  • 1 -2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp – finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp – himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tsp – coconut oil

For tempering muthiya :

  • 1 tbsp – cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 tsp – mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp – cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp – fennel seed
  • 10-15 – curry leaves
  • ½ tsp – asafoetida

For garnishing muthiya

  • coriander leaves
  • dry or fresh grated coconut

 Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients to make muthiya and keep it aside for 15-20 mins.
  2. Due to the salt, pumpkin/bottle gourd, methi /spinach – the mixture will start diffusing the water in the flour and the flour will become moist.
  3. Mix the ingredients to form medium-soft dough. There is no need to add water in the dough as the water diffused by pumpkin/bottle gourd, methi/spinach is enough.
  4. Make small muthiyas. Shape each portion into cylindrical roll (approximately 5 inches-long and 1 inch-diameter).
  5. Keep this muthiya in a greased plate and steam it for 20 – 30 minutes.
  6. You can either steam it in pressure cooker without whistle or in a pan with little water.
  7. You can check if muthiya is done by inserting a toothpick or fork in it. If the toothpick or fork comes out clean, its cooked.
  8. Let it cool for 5 mins ad transfer it to chopping board. Cut into half inch slices.
  9. Now heat 1 tbsp of oil for tempering. Add mustard seeds in it and when it crackles- add cumin, sesame, fennel, asafoetida and curry leaves in it.
  10. Sauté on medium flame for few seconds and add muthiya slices in it. Toss well and roast the slices on medium flame until it turns light brown in colour and little crispy.
  11. Serve hot with chutney of choice.

Notes:

  • Muthiyas are a non-fried Gujarati snack which is very delicious and healthy to eat.
  • The whole grains in it are rich in dietary fibre, protein and iron. Sattu adds more nutrition to it.
  • Pumpkin is the best source of beta carotene, while bottle gourd is high in dietary fibre, Vitamin C, riboflavin, zinc, thiamine, iron, magnesium and manganese.
  • Use seasonal vegetables as per choice and availability.
  • Cumin, fennel, hing and ajwain benefit the digestive system and make the snack easily digestible.

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