Monday, 1 December 2008

Dudhi Na Muthia ~ Bottlegourd Steamed Cakes

Culinary art of Gujarat is well defined and reflect the nature of the people here. Food here is simple, graceful and yet very down to earth. Almost strictly vegetarian, it is traditionally served on silver platters. The famous Gujarati thali consists of Roti (Phulka Roti), a dry sabji (Vegetable), a curry, one farsan (savoury snack), sweetmeats and Kachumbar (Salad), Papad, a variety of sweet and sour chutneys and pickles and Chaas (Butter Milk).

However, the greatest contribution of Gujarati cuisine to the rest of the country are a huge variety of scrumptious snacks. Known as 'Farsan' in Gujarat, constitutes an essential part of the Gujarati meal. These snacks are not very oily and very rich in taste. These are often complimented by spicy chutneys and hot pickles.

One such farsan is Dudhi Na Muthia, as name suggest they are made from Dudhi / Bottlegourd/ White Pumpkin by mixing them with variety of flours and spices and then steaming them. Have it with your regular meal or at Teatime they taste simply great.

1/2 Cup Besan Flour (Bengal gram flour)
1/2 Cup Wheat Flour

1/4 Cup Rava (Semolina)

3 Tablespoon of Bajra Flour (Millet Flour) (Optional)
3 Tablespoon of Rice flour

2 Cups of Grated Dudhi (Bottlegourd/ White Pumpkin)
2 Tablespoon of Green Chilli - Ginger paste

2 Teaspoon of Coriander - Cumin seed powder
1 Teaspoon of Turmeric powder

2 Tablespoon of Lemon juice

1/2 Teaspoon of Soda - bi - Carbonate
1 Teaspoon of Oil

Salt to taste


2 Teaspoon of Mustard Seeds

1 Teaspoon of Til (Sesame Seeds)
2 -3 Curry leaves
Grated fresh Coconut (Optional)
Chopped Coriander for garnishing


1. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a bowl of grated dudhi. Keep it aside for 5 minutes. Squeeze the grated dudhi in your palm and remove the excess water and keep it aside.

2. Take a big deep bowl, add all the Flours mentioned above, Rava and soda - bi - carbonate and mix in the flour.
3. Add grated dudhi, coriander and cumin seed powder, turmeric powder, green chilli - ginger paste, salt to taste, 1 teaspoon of oil and lemon juice.
4. Mix all the ingredients together and make a dough, there is no need to add water as dudhi will discharge its natural water. If the dough becomes bit sticky add very small amount of wheat flour.
5. Make cylinder shape long rolls out of the big dough. Grease a steal plate with oil and place the muthia rolls in the greased thali / Plate.

6. Steam the Muthias, approximatley for 10 - 15 minutes or till the pricked knife comes out clean.
7. Cut the steamed muthia roll in to small pieces. Few people enjoy simply eating steamed muthias by dipping it in oil along with Chutney.

8. Now prepare a tempering, heat the oil, add til, mustard seeds and curry leaves. When seeds starts spluttering remove it from the heat. Toss the pieces of steamed muthias in this tempering.
9. Granish it with grated coconut and coriander leaves. Serve it with your favourite chutneys or simple coriander chutney.

I am off to Paris for 4 Days to enjoy and celebrate my First Marriage Annivarsary


Unknown 2 December 2008 at 01:02  

wow..the snack looks really going to try them..

Joie de vivre 2 December 2008 at 01:04  

I love reading your blog because it is such a different way of eating and cooking than I have ever done! These look good though.

Mahimaa's kitchen 2 December 2008 at 02:25  

very innovative and healthy.

Unknown 2 December 2008 at 03:25  

I love muthia and make it regularly with spinach, loved this version with dudhi, will give it a try the next time I have some dudhi handy...

Jaishree Iyer 2 December 2008 at 04:39  

Wow! This is new to me.. looks delicious..Will try this recepie..Happy anniversery! Enjoy!

Vaidehi Bhave 2 December 2008 at 04:54  

Hey Happy Anniversary !!
nice recipe, and healthy too !!


lubnakarim06 2 December 2008 at 05:01  

Completely new recipe to me. Looks gr8. Adding tadka reminds me of Dokhla. I completely agree with what you said about the Gujrati cuisine.

Priya Suresh 2 December 2008 at 08:48  

Delicious cakes...nice innovative recipe..

SMN 2 December 2008 at 10:36  

this is new to me looks nice

Finla 2 December 2008 at 10:51  

I do have to admit , after stzrting my blog i have been learning more about the different cusines from India, like this one which is totally new to me.

notyet100 2 December 2008 at 11:19  

looks so traditional,...enjoy ur vacation,...:-)

TNL 2 December 2008 at 12:06  

Muthias are a classic, and I love them straight out of the steamer with some `tel`!

Happy Anniversary....Enjoy Paris!

Uma 2 December 2008 at 17:12  

ooh, these look so delicious.

CurryLeaf 2 December 2008 at 19:16  

Looks delish.I was thinking this is similar to patra,as it has steaming,but completely new to me.

Vikis Kitchen 2 December 2008 at 19:22  

completely new to me but they are lovely dudhi na muthia. Congrats and have a pleasant vacation dear.

Sharmi 2 December 2008 at 20:08  

I made muthias once and simply loved it. It sounds simple and delicious.

Chandani 2 December 2008 at 20:26  

muthias look yummy!! this is one of our fav. snacks to have during the weekends..
happy anniversary to you!! have fun in paris:)

Gita Jaishankar 3 December 2008 at 01:45  

Happy Anniversary Purva, Have a good time in Paris :)

Gita Jaishankar 3 December 2008 at 01:45  

This recipe is very new to me, makes a great evening snack....

Red Chillies 3 December 2008 at 04:24  

I have tasted methi muthia before, but not this. Need to try this.

Gopi Shah 3 December 2008 at 05:29  

Hey Purva Happy Anniversay!!!
Muthia is my favourite. I make with dudhi, methi or spinach.

Aparna Balasubramanian 3 December 2008 at 06:33  

Love Gujrathi food, but never eaten doodhi muthias. Looks very tempting.

Happy Annversary and have a wonderful time.

Sunshinemom 3 December 2008 at 10:36  

Belated wishes for a very happy wedding anniversary:)

This muthia is different from what I normally make - I don't add dudhi! Will definitely give this a shot:)

Adlak's tiny world 3 December 2008 at 10:38  

Gr8.. Hapyy anniversay dear. Yr muthia looks fastastic and healthy...

When was 10 yrs my aunt bought me a sweet from Gujarat. That looked like mixture but i m not sure. she told me its very famous Gujarati sweet,, I have searched in yr blog but could not find what i expected. If u don mind could u post the recipe or jus find the name of that is also enough.

Sagari 4 December 2008 at 00:51  

healthy and deleciousss purva

Unknown 4 December 2008 at 03:25  

very very happy anniversary enjoy the trip very helthy snack will try and tell you

vandana rajesh 4 December 2008 at 06:12  

gr8 snack...surely going to try these

Indranee Batabyal 6 December 2008 at 15:19  

This looks very unique and equally yummy!Wish you a happy anniversary!

Yasmeen 6 December 2008 at 22:22  

Healthy Steamed snacks .Have a wonderful time in Paris:)

Laavanya 8 December 2008 at 17:18  

I love this steamed & healthy snack.. bookmarking to try.

Gita Jaishankar 9 December 2008 at 01:54  

Sounds like a healthy version of vadas, I love the idea of steaming. Are all muthias steamed?

Neha 21 January 2009 at 01:28  

Very innovative, looks delicious, should give it a try..


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