Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Muthia(Steamed Dumplings)

Muthia is a very popular Gujarati dish, but its even made in south India with Toor Dal called "Nuchnunde"(will post this recipe sometime soon).Its a very healthy appetizer b'coz its steamed. Its so tasty that you can't resist by eating just just keep eating. I found this recipe on Manjula's Kitchen an online website who has lot of video clips too.

Its a simple snack and doesn't take much of your time and most of the ingredients are available at home.The recipe calls for cabbage but i tried using Romaine Lettuce, as my Sister-in-law had tried and she said it tasted good. I guess this Muthia's can be done with any leafy vegetable, like Spinach or Cabbage(even Red cabbage).So its a must try snack.It can be served with green chutney or tamarind chutney but I did with a little hot and sweet Ketchup as I didn't have patience to make them.


2 cups Finely chopped Romaine Lettuce(any lettuce with do)
1cup Besan/Gram flour
1tsp Cumin seeds
1tsp Turmeric powder
1tbsp Kasoori methi/dried fenugreek leaves
1tsp sugar
salt to taste
2tsp oil
1tsp Mustard seeds
Cilantro for garnishing.


Take a big bowl and add the shredded Lettuce,cumin seeds, turmeric powder, Kasoori methi , sugar, 1tsp oil, salt and mix well. Now add besan little by little and mix and make a soft dough, no need to add water as the lettuce is moist enough to make the dough.You can add a little more besan if the dough is too soft.Now grease the steaming plate with a little oil and divide the dough into 8 balls and place it on steaming plate ans steam it for 8-10 Min's.

For the tempering add the remaining oil to a kadai and add mustard seeds when they splutter add the cut muthia's and fry for 2 minutes and serve warm with chutney.


  1. I never heard of this, It looks yumm.

  2. This looks really delicious and healthy! I'm glad I found this recipe because this time of year I'm always looking for new recipes with lettuce...thanks!

  3. Thanks...iam glad you have one more recipe let me know when u try.

  4. Dumplings looks yum healthy!

  5. I love, love muthias! Adding lettuce is new and sounds great!

  6. I enjoy muthias too, guilt free and also nutritious. Adding lettuce? Now that is new.

  7. Look so yummy soumya..Get this for next potluck;).. I'll also try this and let u know.

  8. Hmm one of my favorites, feel like grabbing them right away!

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  10. Wow the muthias are looking so good and yummy.. love them so much.. tempting to have some.

  11. I make similar kind but with Cilantro and Wheat flour as main flour and only little Besan,Add Garam Masala,chili powder,roasted peanuts to it. Works out well when I have many Cilantro leaves and can use them all at once.

  12. @Anonymous ,WAW!thats a gr8 idea, thanks for sharing that.Will try when i do have lot of cilantro.


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