Mar 16, 2015

Methi Muthia – Party Appetiser

Muthia, the traditional Gujarati snack, is served either steamed or deep fried. Muthias are a favourite among all. I wanted to glam it up further and make it healthier, if that were possible. Is it even? Why not? Improving the protein by adding Rajgira atta/Amaranth flour is one step. You can be sure of meeting your growing child’s protein needs by using Amaranth flour in dishes such as this. Removing the whole wheat flour makes it gluten free. Serving it with grilled vegetables on a satay stick makes it chic and fit to be a party appetiser. Grilling the vegetables and steaming the muthia keeps the oil used to a minimum, thus making it a super healthy food. This dish is also fit for eating during religious fasting, because amaranth flour is used instead of wheat flour.
 Muthia on a skewer

  • Does NOT contain gluten, lactose, corn, soya, yeast eggs.
Preparation Time –15 minutes, Cooking Time – 15 minutes, Serves – 12-14 skewers

You need -

Ingredients -
For Muthias -
  1. 1 cup Amaranth (Rajgira /Ramdana) seeds / 1 cup Rajgira flour
  2. 1 cup Gram Flour (Besan)
  3. 2 packed cups Fenugreek leaves (Methi)
  4. 1 thumb size knob fresh ginger
  5. 3 green chillies
  6. Juice of 1 lemon
  7. 1-2 tablespoon thick curd
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
For Chutney –
  1. ½ cup Mint leaves (pudina)
  2. 2 green chillies
  3. Juice of half lemon
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. A pinch sugar
To Season –
  1. 2 tablespoons Fortune Rice Bran Oil 
  2. ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  3. 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
To Serve as Appetiser –
  1. 2 medium onions
  2. 2 each of yellow capsicums, red capsicums, green capsicums
  3. 2 tablespoon Fortune Rice Bran Oil
  4. 2 pinches salt
  5. 12-14 satay sticks/toothpicks
Method -
  1. Clean pudina leaves and grind all ingredients for chutney together in a small mixer grinder. Grind to smooth paste and set aside.
  2. Pick only methi leaves from the bunch, discard stems. Measure 2 packed cups. Rinse well, drain and chop fine.
  3. Peel ginger and make a coarse paste of ginger and green chillies.
  4. Grind the Rajgira seeds in a mixer to a coarse powder.
  5. In a mixing bowl, mix this powder along with besan, ginger-chilli paste, salt, chopped methi leaves and lemon juice. Add curd, 1 teaspoon at a time, mix well by hand into a stiff dough. Use only as much curd as is needed to make the dough.
  6. Shape into smooth cylindrical logs about2 inches thick. Grease a container that fits into your pressure cooker. Place the muthia cylinders in the greased container and steam inside the pressure cooker without whistle for 10-12 minutes. A knife inserted into the muthia should come clean. If sticky, steam for 2 more minutes. 
  7. While the muthia is steaming, preheat your grill to 240C.
  8. Peel onions and cut into quarters. Chop the coloured capsicums into big even sized chunks. Place on a greased plate, drizzle with Fortune Rice Bran oil, and sprinkle salt over the vegetables. Mix well by hand, spread in a single layer on the plate and grill for 10-13 minutes.
  9. Heat 2 tablespoons Fortune Rice Bran oil for seasoning.
  10. Crackle mustard seeds in the hot oil. Add the white sesame seeds, brown slightly and switch off. 
  11. Once the muthias have cooled slightly, cut into half inch thick slices. Pour half of the seasonings over the muthias and reserve the other half.
To Serve –
  1. Arrange different coloured capsicums, onion wedges and the muthia slices alternately on the satay stick.
  2. Drizzle the seasoning oil over the muthias again. Dot with pudina chutney or serve the satay sticks on a platter with a bowl of chutney as accompaniment.
Party Appetiser - Muthia with grilled vegetables
A word about the oil used in this recipe. Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil is made from Rice bran. Rice bran is the outer covering of the rice grain. So this oil is not made from rice. By virtue of this, Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil is perfectly suitable for using during religious fasting also.
While making the muthias, I observed that the oil has a high smoke point(260 C). This makes it a stable cooking oil and does not make food greasy.
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