Muthiya, a traditional gujarati appetizer/snack is made from gram flour, spices and a shredded vegetable like cabbage, potatoes, zucchini or dudhi (Dudhi/Bottle goard/Lauki is used traditionally). It is my all time favorite go-to dish. It can be assembled in just 5 min. And, all it takes is the steaming and tadka. I have tried making it with both dudhi and cabbage and every time it turns out to be delicious.
Total time: 20 min
Here’s what you need:
- 2 cups shredded dudhi
- green chillies – finely chopped (as per taste)
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp sugar (you add add more sugar if you like more sweetness to the muthiyas)
- 1/2 tsp citric acid
- 1 tsp kasoori methi
- 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/2 – 1 cup – besan/gram flour (you will have to use more or less depending on the moisture content of the shredded vegetable)
- 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
For the tadka:
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 4 whole dried red chillies
Here’s what you do:
- Combine all the ingredients listed for the muthiyas. Add more or less gram flour depending on the moisture content of your shredded vegetable. Be sure to steam the muthiyas as soon as you assemble the batter so as to not induce any more moisture formation. You batter should not be runny nor should be hard.
- Grease the steamer plate and put the dumplings directly onto it with your hands. Steam it till a fork comes out clean. (~15-20 min).
- Let it cool down.
- Cut the muthiyas into 2 or 4 if you like smaller pieces.
- Heat oil for the tadka and add mustard seeds.
- Once they crackle, add in the sesame seeds and red chillies and stir fry for a few seconds.
- Add muthiyas and stir-fry them for three to four minutes until they are light brown.
- Serve hot or cold with tea or as an appetizer.