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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Baked Methi Muthias

Today happens to be Day 7 - the last day of BM#4. And here I am with baked muthias, a guilt free snack for everyone including diabetics.
Traditionally the fist shaped methi muthias are steamed / fried and are served as an evening snack or used in Gujarati style vegetable dishes like undhiyu. However this version I found over Ashwini's blog requires baking and is almost fat free. If you prefer some spicy and non-greasy snacks with your evening coffee /tea, then these are a perfect choice. Though these look like cookies, they do not need the traditional baking ingredients like the flour, butter, sugar or eggs. They are spicy cookies with Indian flavors written all over them. Dried fenugreek leaves, cumin and ginger assert their presence in these whole some cookies made with wheat - chickpea flour combo. Try them and I promise that you would not be disappointed.

And my other posts during this marathon have been
1. Bread Semolina Sandwich
2. Multi Grain - Legume Crepes
3. Quinoa Upma and Who am I
4. Two minute Ragi Drink
5. Panchmel / Panchratan Dal
6. Diabetes Basics

Ingredients to make 6: (I usually double the ingredients)
5 tbsp whole wheat flour
5 tbsp chickpea flour

1 1/2 tbsp dried fenugreek (kasoori methi)
1-2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste (I made a paste with 1 green chilli + 1 inch piece of ginger. Can reduce / omit if serving kids.)
1 tsp cumin, crushed coarsely
1/4 tsp pepper
Asafoetida (a pinch)

1.5 tbsp oil
salt to taste

Note: I have seen the baked version using the fresh fenugreek leaves in other websites but I haven't tried.

* Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and adding a few Tbsp of water, knead into soft dough.
* Preheat oven to 400°F.

* Divide the dough into six portions. Roll each portion between your palms to a ball and shape into a flat circle.
* Place on a greased baking dish.

 * Bake for about 10 minutes or until the muthias slightly brown on top. Turn over and bake for 4 -5 minutes, if preferred.

Another look at the muthias. They were spicy enough to be served alone along with some bounvita (my favorite drink :)) in the evening.

The other bloggers who are participating in this marathon are
Diabetes Diet/Management: Kamalika, Smitha
Kid Friendly Recipes: Anusha, Cool Lassi(e)
Seven Days of Soup: Priya Suresh
Seven Days of Indian Bread: Jayasree, Pavani
Seven Days of Cakes:  Priya Vasu
Seven Days of Preserves: Gayathri Kumar, Vaishali
30 Minutes Meals: Priya Mahadevan, Srivalli

This goes to Design a Menu - 2nd Edition as an appetizer using whole wheat flour.



jayasree said...

Perfectly baked muthias. Love these healthy, guilt-free, tasty snacks.

Raji said...

This is a real guilt free snack which I can munch during any time of day...and savoury snacks are always a welcome treat.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Very healthy version..

vaishali sabnani said...

wow this is grt..my hubby will be more than pleased to see these as he is a grt fan of muthias ...n specially low cal..thnx!!

kaveri said...

These Muthiyas are a perfect tea time snack..

Aruna Manikandan said...

love the baked version
looks healthy and delicious dear :)

Prathibha said...

Lovely muthiya..guilt free too..:)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

What a perfect little snack! Looks divine!

harini-jaya said...

Love these..I make methi crackers but with a different combination of flours.

Srivalli said...

These look so wonderful Suma..what a wonderful idea of baking these..

Kairali sisters said...

wow, looks delicious suma, i would love to try this :)

Prathima Rao said...

An awesome & mouthwatering treat suma..Bookamrked this one!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Kalpana Sareesh said...

They r perfectly baked love them..

Smitha said...

these look very good Suma!..I will try them soon!....they are more like spicy crackers and I am sure kids will love them!
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Nitha said...

Suma.. they look so great.. Spicy and healthy snack..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Lovely and perfect... baking makes it more healthier..

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SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

so nice and perfectly baked methi muthias !!

aipi said...

Believe it or not I have a jar full of these in my snack box at all times lol.. You have done a really wonderful job here- they look nice n crunchy!
US Masala

Priya said...

Baked muthias looks simply fabulous, wat a guilt free snacks..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Suma, I was looking for this recipe. But, dear I cannot see any pics. Is it just me or is there problem with your post?

Annapakshi said...

Very disappointed with the result.....i followed the recipe as written, except i omitted the methi and ginger/garlic paste. Instead i added crushed fennel seeds (saunf). I preheated the oven to 204C and used the gas function (which bakes evenly above and below). 10 minutes of baking produced no change, i baked for a further 25 minutes to get browned muthias. the muthias were a bit dry inside - any suggestions?

Suma Gandlur said...

I am sorry to hear that the muthias did not turn out the way they should have been.
As I mentioned in my post, this is not my recipe and I gave it a try after seeing in another blog. I have tried these muthias three times so far and have been successful each time and so, it comes as a bit of surprise.
I can only guess about the reasons for the muthias not turning out right.
1. The dough must have been very dry. Did you add oil and enough water while forming the dough?
2. And of course muthias browned because they were baked longer. There must have been a point between those 10 and 35 minutes when they were done and should have been out of the oven. Mine come out after 15 – 16 minutes, after baking both sides. May be it takes a little longer to bake muthias in your oven, but definitely not 35 minutes as your experiment showed.