Methi Muthiya

Steamed dumplings prepared by mixing wholewheat & sorghum (jowar) flour with fenugreek (methi) leaves & other healthful vegetables. Fenugreek leaves are rich in iron, calcium and protein making muthiya a healthy breakfast or a guilt-free snack.

Time: 30 minutes


Serves: 4

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  1. For the muthiya:
  2. 1/2 cup wholewheat flour
  3. 1/2 cup jowar (sorghum) flour
  4. 11/2 tablespoon besan (gramflour)
  5. 1 tablespoon coarse semolina
  6. 1 cup finely chopped methi leaves
  7. 1 cup coarsely grated bottlegourd (dudhi/ghiya)
  8. 1 teaspoon freshly ground ginger
  9. 2 teaspoons freshly ground green chilli or to taste
  10. 1 tablespoon oil
  11. 1/2 cup yogurt (dahi)
  12. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  13. Salt to taste
  14. For the tempering:
  15. 2 tablespoons oil
  16. 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  17. 3 teaspoons sesame seeds
  18. 8-10 curry leaves
  19. 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida


  1. Combine all the ingredients for muthiya in a large bowl and mix until combined. Knead it into a very soft dough, add little water if required.
  2. Apply oil on your palms and divide the dough into 4-5 equal portions. Shape each portion into a cylindrical roll and place it on a greased tray in a steamer.
  3. Steam for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in one of the muthiya rolls comes out clean.
  4. Let the muthiya cool for about 5-7 minutes. No need to wait till it cools down completely.
  5. Slice each muthiya roll into roundels of about 1/2 inch thickness.
  6. For the tempering, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large non-stick pan. Add mustard seeds and let them crackle. Add sesame seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida and saute for a few seconds.
  7. Add the sliced muthias, and mix gently using a flat spatula so that the muthiya slices get slightly coated with the tempering. Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes so that the muthiya slices become slightly crispy from outside.
  8. Serve hot with green chutney.

Recipe Tips:

  • You can also replace bottle-gourd (dudhi) with courgettes.
  • You can also use 1 cup of mixed vegetables – grated carrot, mooli (radish) & dudhi instead of dudhi on its own.

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