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Monday, October 12, 2020

Khichdi Muthia

Muthia are popular dumplings from the Gujarat region that are enjoyed both as a snack and as an addition to side dishes such as  undhiyu. The word 'muthia' is a reference to the way the snack is made, where the dough is shaped into oval dumplings, molding the dough in one's fist. The dough is also fashioned into cylindrical rolls, which are then steamed and sliced. They can either eaten as it is or pan fried with a tempering of mustard seeds and white sesame seeds using a little oil which leave the outer side of muthias slightly brown and crispy. These healthy bites make a fine accompaniment to your evening tea / coffee or can be eaten as a light meal too. They go well with a spicy or sweet chutney.

Muthia fall under 'healthy' recipe category since little or no oil is used to make them. There are variations in the muthia recipe, depending upon the vegetables and the flour base used. Today's version is a recipe that uses any left over khichdi which makes it a perfect recycle recipe. Extra khichdi from the lunch is transformed into a enjoyable, guilt free evening snack. I had used some left over pongal for these crispy, delicious muthia. Khichdi which is not too  watery is preferable or the quantity of the flours need to be adjusted accordingly to form a firm dough. 

Below are the links for some of the muthias I have posted.
Methi muthia (Baked version)

Ingredients for muthia:
1.5 cup khichdi
1.5 cup chick pea flour / besan
3/4 cup semolina / sooji
1/4 cup wheat flour / atta
Salt to taste
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. turmeric powder
2 pinches of asafoetida powder
1 cup chopped spinach (I used frozen spinach after thawing.)
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. oil
Ingredients for tempering:
2 - 3 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. sesame seeds
1 sprig of curry leaves
Ingredients to garnish:
Minced cilantro 

* Add all the ingredients mentioned under 'muthia' to a bowl.
* Knead the mixture to a firm dough. If the mixture appears loose, add extra flour. 
* Add water to a steamer or a cooker base and let it come to a boil.  
* Grease a steamer tray or a high rimmed plate. Grease your palms and divide the mixture to 2 or 3 equal portions. Shape each portion into a cylindrical roll of one diameter. Place them on the greased steamer plate / plate. 
* Or they can be shaped into small, oval dumplings with a fist. 
* Close the lid and if using cooker base, don't use the whistle for the lid. Steam them until a tooth pick inserted at the center comes out clean, about 20 - 22 minutes. Below are the steamed muthia in log and dumpling forms.
*  Let them cool a bit and then transfer them onto a cutting board and cut into about 1/2 inch thick slices.
* Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds and sesame seeds. If you prefer, add one or two sliced green chilis as well. When mustard seeds start to splutter, add curry leaves and muthia pieces. (I add the tadka later if sautéing the muthia pieces to golden brown.)
* One can just toss them for a couple of minutes and turn off the stove. Or the muthia can be sautéed until they turn slightly brown and crisp on the edges, by flipping them gently. Turn off the stove and garnish with cilantro if preferred. 
* Serve them hot with chutney or ketchup. 



vaishali sabnani said...

Ah these Khichadi or bhat muthias are very popular in Gujarat , they even add some veggies at times . Excellent recipe to use up the left over khichadi and so well made !

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Harini R said...

I love muthiya and I am sure these will be loved as well. It is such a brilliant idea to use leftover khichdi/pongal. I should remember to make this sometime soon.

Radha said...

I am a great fan of Gujarati snacks and your idea of using leftover pongal is cool. Will definitely keep in mind and try with pongal.

Rafeeda AR said...

That is a very interesting way of doing away with leftover kichdi... adding so much more flavor and delicious...

Srividhya said...

Wow what an interesting way to use leftover khichdi and pongal. Love this idea.

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