There are a variety of snacks, both sweet and savory when it comes to Gujarati cuisine like Chorafali, Ghughara, Muthiya, etc. Gujaratis love their snacks as much as other dishes, and ‘muthiya’ is one of them.
Muthiya or Mathia is a steamed Gujarati snack. The name is derived from the way it looks and is made, from the ‘gripping’ action of hands.
A traditional and healthy vegan snack made of bottle gourd, wheat flour, rice flour, gram flour, ginger garlic paste, green chili paste, lemon juice, sugar, baking soda, and other spices. Let’s jump into the method of making a muthiya.
Nutritious Gujarati – Doodhi Muthiya Recipe
- 2 cups Bottle gourd [lauki / doodhi (grated)]
- ½ cup Whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
- ½ cup Rice flour
- ½ cup Gram flour (besan)
- 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
- 1 tsp Green chili paste
- ½ tsp Turmeric powder
- 3 tsp Oil
- ½ tsp Cumin seeds
- ¾ tsp Asafoetida (hing)
- ½ tsp Mustard seeds
- 1 tsp Sesame seeds
- 1 tsp Lemon juice
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 6-8 – Curry leaves
- Salt as per requirement
- 1-2 pinch of baking soda
- 2 tbsp Chopped coriander
- Peel and grate the bottle gourd and squeeze out the excess water from the grated bottle gourd into a bowl.
- In a deep bowl, combine grated bottle gourd, wheat flour, rice flour, gram flour, ginger garlic paste, green chili paste, turmeric powder, lemon juice, sugar, baking soda, asafoetida, salt, coriander, and oil to mix them well and knead into a soft dough.
- Apply oil on your hands and divide the mixture into 3-4 equal portions.
- Shape the portions into a cylindrical roll.
- Take a sieve, grease it with oil, and place two rolls on it. In a steamer, steam them for 20-25 minutes.
- After that, steam the remaining two rolls.
- Take them on a plate, and once cool, cut them into small slices and keep them aside.
- For tempering, heat the oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, asafoetida, and curry leaves and saute for 30-40 seconds on medium flame.
- Add the sliced doodhi muthiya to the pan and saute for 4-5 minutes or until light brown and crispy.
- Take doodhi muthiya on a plate, garnish them with finely chopped coriander, and serve.
- While kneading, you can add the excess water from the bottle gourd to knead if required.
- You can use grated carrots, cabbage, or onion if you like.
- Use baking soda to make your muthiya softer.
- ½ tbsp of yogurt can be added to ferment the muthiya.
Gujarati doodhi muthiya is a fist-shaped snack made of bottle gourd, wheat flour, rice flour, besan, lemon juice, sugar, and spices, and tempered with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, asafoetida, and coriander.
From the dough, rolls are made and steamed. After cooling and cutting them into pieces, tempering is added to them. Garnished with coriander and served with mint chutney or tea.
What is muthiya?
Muthiya is a Gujarati dish made up of different flours, vegetables, and spices. Muthiya is a steamed or deep-fried crispy snack served with green chutney.
What are the different types of muthiyas?
Depending upon the state or region, there are different varieties of muthiya, such as bottle gourd muthiya, cauliflower greens and besan muthiya, cabbage jowar muthiya, bhaat na rasawala muthiya, bajra onion kadhi muthiya, methi muthiya and so on.
Is doodhi muthiya good for digestion?
Yes, easy to digest. It can be consumed as an evening or morning snack if you are trying to lose weight. It is very nutritious and healthy as it has vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.