Breakfast Recipes/ Snacks & Starters


What picture does the word ” SNACK ” strike you ? I am damn sure, this if i ask my father,he will surely say something crispy,crunchy deep fried munchies. Ha ha…But now things have changed and most of us are cautious.We try to reduce deep fried snacks and instead choose healthy options without compromising on taste. So today i have for you all one such healthy nutritious snack “Muthiya / Muthia ” from the Gujarati cuisine. Best part of this dish is that they are not only low cal  but delicious as well. Have them for your breakfast or munch it as snack or pack it off for lunchbox.Enjoy !!


Muthias are basically multigrain spicy dumplings with veggies in it. The veggies that you can add could be of your choice. They can be either steamed or deep fried.For today the chosen one is steamed muthia with bottlegourd and fenugreek leaves in it. Addition of fenugreek leaves gives extra flavor. Do try it… I am sure you will love it and would be left saying ” Hmm.. low cal snacks need not be boring.. they can indeed treat your taste buds …”. Here it goes…


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Snack
Cuisine gujarati
Servings 4 serving


  • 1 1/2 cups Bottle gourd /(doodhi / lauki), grated
  • 1 cup Fenugreek Leaves /methi / leaves, finely chopped ( optional)
  • 1/4 cup grated Onions, (optional)
  • 1 cup Semolina/ upma rava
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup Gram Flour Besan
  • 2 - 4 Green Chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsps Coriander, Chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds saunf
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder /Haldi
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 pinches Soda bi-carb /eno
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida/ hing
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • to taste Salt

To Temper 

  • 2 - 3 tsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp White Sesame seeds / til
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida/ hing


  • Squeeze out excess water from the grated bottle gourd and onions and keep the liquid aside to knead the dough if required.
  • Combine the bottle gourd,methi leaves,onions,green chilli,ginger paste,coriander leaves,wheat flour, semolina, besan,turmeric powder, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, lemon juice,soda bi-carb, asafoetida, sugar,salt and 1 tsp of oil in a bowl.
  • Mix well and knead into a soft dough. Only if required add water ( that obtained from squeezing from bottle gourd )
  • Grease your hand and divide the mixture into equal portions.Shape each portion into a cylindrical roll .
  • Arrange the rolls on a greased sieve and steam in a steamer for 20 to 25 minutes
  • Let it cool for 5 minutes then make thin slices.
  • For the tempering, heat the oil in a non-stick kadai and add the mustard seeds.When the seeds crackle, add the sesame seeds,asafoetida and curry leaves and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  • Add the muthia pieces and sauté on a medium flame for 4-5 minutes or till they turn light brown in colour and little crisp.Switch off . Garnish with coriander leaves
  • Serve hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup.


  1. Instead of bottlegourd , you cam make muthias by adding just methi / raddish/ cabbage/ palak/mixture of all mixed veg .
  2. If you want you can also make deep fried muthias by deep frying them instead of steaming.
  3. Dont prepare the dough and keep to rest to steam later.The dough will leave water if kept for long time.
  4. Bottle gourd leaves lot of water while mixing .So If the mixture becomes too soft add some more chickpea flour to it.
  5. You can store the muthia in refrigerator for 2-3 days and can temper when needed.

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  • Reply
    Pranjali Naik
    July 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Wow Muthiyas ….great combination dear…. healthy too.Check out my recipe @.

  • Reply
    Linsy Patel
    July 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    our favorite snack , love it.

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    Meena Kumar
    July 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Oooo this has been in to do list u have done it so well Smitha.

  • Reply
    Poornima hegde
    July 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    wow.. Looks so yummy..

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    Priya Shiva
    July 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    They look absolutely delicious!

  • Reply
    July 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Healthy snack:-)amazing pics

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    Nalini Somayaji
    July 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    nice to know Muthiya ..Yemmy food

  • Reply
    Ruxana Gafoor
    July 23, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    healthy and yummy

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    Sony P
    July 23, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Healthy and tasty muthiyas!!

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    Vimitha Anand
    July 24, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Its my long time wish to try muthiya… will try soon. ur recipe looks so great

  • Reply
    July 24, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Healthy snack:-) pics are tempting

  • Reply
    July 24, 2014 at 9:12 am

    looks too yumm dear…tempting pics

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    Sowmya Sundararajan
    July 24, 2014 at 9:54 am


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    Ramya Venkateswaran
    July 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

    delicious muthias.this is on my todo list too

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    Vibha Sp
    July 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    yummy sncks , tempting pics , ur family s lukky ya

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    Gauri Kulkarni
    July 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Delicious, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Priya Suresh
    July 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Am ready to finish that whole platter rite now, muthiyas are just inviting me.

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    Shubha Adhikari
    September 3, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I tried this recipe recently & turned out very good . My daughter told that it tastes like Cutlet . I am hearing about this dish for the Ist time . Its very healthy as it consumes less oil & contains vegetables which is rich in minerals & vitamins .I think this can be done with vegetables like cucumber & cabbage .Its filling . So can be had as an evening snack ie when the kids come home from school .

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