Thursday, July 3, 2008

Steamed Dumplings (Muthia)

I received this recipe from my father in law,who is very creative and comes up with some really innovative and healthy dishes when he experiments in the kitchen.This recipe somehow went right into my cook book without being made and there it remained for a better part of a year.

The other day while I was flipping through my cookbook looking for some ideas, I came across this recipe.After mentally running through my inventory I realized that I had all the ingredients required for this dish at hand and decided to make this.

This dish turned out very well and it is simple, tasty and extremely nutritious.It is also fairly low in fat content as it is steamed and very little oil is used in it.After having been ignored for so long now this recipe is made regularly in my kitchen and is very well liked and appreciated.

This works well as a snack, a side dish or an appetizer


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Ingredients and method to make the Muthia
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup wheat flour
3/4 cup gram flour (besan)
1 1/4 cup chopped spinach
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp crushed ginger
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup buttermilk
salt to taste

For tempering
1 1/2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds

In a large bowl mix in the wheat flour and the gram flour,add the salt,the chili powder,the cumin powder ,the cumin seeds and mix well.

Add the spinach and all the other ingredients and mix well and knead into a soft dough.

Make small lime sized balls and roll it into slightly elongated shape and steam for about 5 to 6 minutes.

Cool slightly, cut the elongated steamed muthias into 1/4 inch discs and keep aside.

Heat oil in a small pan and put in the mustard seeds and sesame seeds and when it splutters pour this on top on all the steamed muthias.

Serve hot with cilantro chutney or ketchup.

In case you plan to make these as an appetizer, you could roll them into more dainty and smaller shapes or steam them large, then cut them into little bite sized pieces, then add the garnish and serve.

You can substitute cooked brown rice with any other type of  plain steamed/cooked rice such as white rice

This picture is from a subsequent time I made these with slightly different ingredients. (instead of spinach I just used more cilantro in this try )


karuna said...

muthiyas are very common in gujarati cuisines. nice recipe

Usha said...

Thanks Karuna

Sum Raj said...

luv anything with spinach...delicious

ST said...

Muthiyas look awesome.....Its new for me.Will try this time....

Vidhya said...

can u pls add my blog in ur blogroll pls

Unknown said...

nutritious recipe indeed..

EC said...

Nice recipe...looks good

Dershana said...

Yummy looking. Down south, we have something a little similar to this.



Shreya said...

Hi Usha, lovely recipe with spinach. Really healthy. I think I posted a comment with a different name, got confused with the windows, apologies if it gets posted. thanks for this recipe.:-)

Usha said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog Suma!

Thanks Sireesha, let me know when you try it :)

Usha said...

Hey Vidhya,thanks for dropping by,will definitely visit your blog soon.

Thanks Sowmya !

Thanks EC !

Usha said...

Hi Dershana,I was not aware this dish was made in the south too,I thought it was from Gujarat !

Usha said...

Thanks for your visit Shreya,I love the fact that muthia's are so low fat and nutritious too!

Madhavi said...

Muthia looks great, very nice recipe dear!!! Thanxxx for droppin' by my blog!!!

Usha said...

Thanks Madhavi.....

Myvegfare said...

I did make muthias long time back, my sister lived in umbergoan in gujrath for some time, and taught me this.., But the best thing I read was your FIL being so innovative, isn't it something great, it is very nutritious and looks so very yummy, i had completely frogotten must try this version some time, God! knows where i have kept the recipe.., and many thanks for your lovely comments, Your oats bar is making me come & see it again & again, it just looks like the shop bought ones, want to try it soon!!!

Unknown said...

how do we stream these muthais??can we put them in idly cooker ??

Usha said...

Thanks Jayasri !

Usha said...

Sirisha, you can place the muthia on the idli plate and steam in idli cooker.

Unknown said...

instead of brown rice can we use normal rice?

Usha said...

Hello Rose, you can definitely substitute cooked brown rice with cooked white rice, hope you enjoy the muthias as much as we did :-)

Unknown said...

Made these today, they turned out evry well! Tried steaming them the traditional way and in the microwave idli steamer, liked the traditional ones better. Thanks for an easy, no hassle, yummy recipe!

Usha said...

Jaya I am so glad that you tried and liked this. Thanks for letting me know....

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