Thursday, February 16, 2012

Oats and Flaxseed Muthia

Muthia's are traditional Gujarathi snack.   It can be served as a breakfast.  The first ever time I heard about these Muthia's must be in Manjula's Kitchen.   After that in many blogs and TV shows.  A Foodie like me repeatedly comes across a recipe at different occasions what will I do, yes get tempted to try it.  That's what I did, on top of that it's steamed and healthy.

Muthia's are nothing but steamed dumplings, traditionally made with chickpea flour.  It's rolled into sausage shapes and then steamed.  The concept of using oats, I think I got it from Tarladalal,  I couldn't find the link anyway so not sure about that.  Finally I added some flaxseed, to increase it's nutritional value to one more step.   The very first time when I tasted it , I had a doubt wheather I liked it or not.   But  after gobbling a few pieces I definitely knew that I'm enjoying it.  It's just like whenever , you are introduced to a new taste, your tastebuds may not accept it.  For example , Idli's ( Steamed Rice Cakes )  are enjoyed by people from Tamil Nadu,  I was surprised  when I saw a lady from our neighbouring country, didn't like this.  She couldn't get the taste or flavour of it, since they are so much used with all wheat products.  How many of our parents or grand parents  really enjoy pizza, pasta or KFC chicken.  The fact is their mind has been already trained to Idli's, dosas, chapathi's or Rice which couldn't accept the flavours in Pasta or Pizza.
Almost everyone will have our own choice in food.  Some might love tea or coffee and there are some  who hates tea or coffee.  So in that case, what do you say tea or coffee tastes good or bad?  This happens with all food .  When we understand that every food has it's own flavour, we'll be ready to explore different food from different regions and start enjoying it.
Anyway I'm not saying that you have to train your mind to have these Muthia's, they are definitely good.  So use your imagination to play with different variations and enjoy it.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves 2

Ingredients:
Wheat flour- 3/4 cup
Powdered oats- 1/2 cup
Gram flour- 1/4 cup
Powdered Flax seed- 1 tbsp
Curd- 1 tbsp
Carrot- 1 medium sized grated
Lemon juice- 1 tsp
Bicarbonate of soda- 1/4 tsp
Dried fenugreek leaves- 2 tsp
Sesame seeds- 3 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Oil- 1 tbsp
Asfoetadia- a pinch
Coriander leaves- 1/2 tbsp finely chopped
Salt to taste

Method:
In a large bowl mix together the wheat flour, gram flour, oats, flax seed powder, salt and bicarbonate of soda.  Rub the fenugreek leaves in the middle of your palms and add it to the flour mixture.  Add the grated carrot and mix wellNow add the curd, lemon juice and enough to make a soft dough.  Cover the dough and let it rest for 5 minutes.  Divide the dough into 3 equal rounds.  Roll them into sausage shape.  Place it in a steamer, I used idli plates in a pressure cooker, you can use the steamer if you have one.
Steam it for about 20 minutes, insert a knife or toothpick to check if it's cooked.  If the knife or toothpick comes out clean, then it's cooked.  Remove it from the steamer, let it cool down for a while.  Slice them into 1 cm round discs.  Heat oil in a wide open, add mustard seeds, sesame seeds and asfoetadia.  Add the sliced mutias and saute it until the colour changes and get slightly crisp.  These muthias are at it's best with green chutney, I liked it with idli podi too. 

Note:
Instead of carrot, doodhi or cabbage can also be used.  When are using doodhi, try to squeeze out all the water before mixing it with flour.

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35 comments:

Deeksha said...

healthy and tasty snack.

Reva said...

Lovely muthia... very healthy version indeed..:)
You are right when it comes to taste, people have their own mind set and are quite wary to try new flavours..:)
As long as they enjoy what they eat... everything is good..:)
Reva

Princy Vinoth said...

are flax seeds a must?

Tina said...

healthy and delicious snack...beautiful clicks too...

simran said...

very interesting and very healthy..nice!

Charu Srivastava said...

wow dat luks like a super healthy recipe :)

Rekha shoban said...

new n interesting to me...looks yummy and delicious muthia!!beautiful presentation and click dear!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Very healthy muthias.. Bookmarked..

faseela said...

healthy recipe....yummy

Katerina said...

They look delicious and I agree, once you see a recipe too many times then I guess the karma calls to make it!

Anjali Shukla said...

Your clicks remind me of the authentic Gujrati Muthias and now this 'Oats' version for sure has to be good. I'm gonna try this at least, and will get back to you saying how I found it. Though I now, they have to be yummy. :)

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sonu said...

the muthias r looking very healthy and yummy

maha said...

wow..wonderful muthias......as always awesome pics......

Hamaree Rasoi said...

So better to taste any new food without any pre-conceived notions ..

It needs great culinary art to make Muthia, it's very tough. But you have done a fantastic job here

Deepa
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Aarthi said...

This looks awesome and yummy

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Kalyani said...

healthy and delicious snack ......

Indulge said...

I love Muthiyas, They are very versatile and you can add any veggies like spinach, methi, pumpkin, kaddu, or doodhi they will taste equally good. The pic makes me drool, will make some tomorrow.
Love Ash.

Suja Manoj said...

Yummy and healthy breakfast,new to me..beautiful clicks.

Ramya said...

ive never had muthias..but the recipe sounds yum...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

That's sounds to be a healthy one. Nice click. Well presented. YUM!

saffronstreaks said...

I dont know these r Gujarati dish, but we too prep it, steamed and coupled with oats and falxseed are bound to be healthy, loved your presentation.
liking or dislikng a food is very personal thing, everyone has their choices..

Zareena said...

Lovely and mouth watering muthias. Nice combination of oats and flax seeds. Very healthy and nutritious too.

Sobha Shyam said...

very healthy and delicious..new to me..

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Aruna Manikandan said...

wow...
looks healthy and delicious :)
Nice clicks.

What's Baking?? said...

This is new to me..would love to try this.

Ramya said...

OO my i cant take my eyes off this healthy and yummy Muthias:-) Bookmarked!!!

Uma said...

wow! what a healthy way of making muthias.. am definitely trying this..

schmetterlingwords said...

A lovely lovely write up about our likes and dislikes of food. It all depends on one's mindset. Very true. The muthias look very lovely and nutritious!! :)

Christy Gerald said...

Yes, I've heard abt Muthia's included Gujrati's Undhiyu Dish. Nice n healthy variation. Luks so delish

Kurryleaves said...

healthy and delicious recipe...

G.Pavani said...

healthy n tempting snack.

Preeti Garg said...

Awesome Snack

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Dr.Sameena Prathap said...

Very healthy dish..Thanx for linking dear...:)

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Pari said...

Hi Ayeesha,
That's a healthy Muthia with benefits of oats and flax seeds. Thanks for sending it to my event.


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Taste Junction said...

I completly agree with u on accepting new flavours...when I tasted muthiya for 1st time, I liked it for its healthy and simple flavours but my husband simply refused to have a 2nd bite..and hence I don't make it so often..but oats surely takes it to diff level!

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