The original name for steamed dumpling of spinach and fenugreek leaves in Gujarati is Palak Methina Na Muthia. This is the very common Gujarati dish. One can find these in any kitchen from North Gujarat to South Gujarat. There are many versions as well, usually made from Cabbage, Bottle Guard, Lilva, Moong, and fresh pegion peas etc. Flavor of spinach and methi together is simply great, and cilantro adds to taste. This can be served as snack or appetizer. I love to eat them any time as long as I have mint-cilantro chutney, cup of tea to wash 'em down... hmm yum yum yum... :))
- 4 cups Spinach, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups Fenugreek Leaves , finely chopped
- 1/4 cup Cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 tsp Ginger Paste
- 1 tbsp Green Chilli paste
- 1 tsp Garlic Paste
- 2 tbsp Whole Wheat Flour
- 2 tbsp Besan
- 1 tbsp Semolina
- 1 tbsp Rice Flour
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp Dhania-Jeera Powder
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp Yogurt
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- Salt to taste
- Oil for greasing
-- For the Tadka/Tempering
- 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
- 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
- 1/2 tsp Sesame seeds
- 1 Small Green Chille, chopped
- 3-4 Curry Leaves
- 1 tbsp oil
-- For Dumplings
1. Mix all the ingredients in large bowl with little water until there are no lumps. Batter should be very thick.
2. Set the batter aside for 10-15 minutes. Stir well, taste again, and adjust seasoning.
3. In the meantime, preheat steamer or pressure cooker with some water in it. Grease deep dishes or pressure cooker containers with oil.
4. Pour the batter in it and steam for 15-20 minutes on high heat.
5. Turn down the heat on low for another 5 minutes. Let the steamer cool a little and then open it.
6. Take the dumplings out of the steamer, and let deep dish cool a little more.
7. Cut the muthias into diamonds or squares.
8. Heat oil in small sauce pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, green chilli, sesame seeds, and hing. Turn of the gas when they start to sizzle.
9. Give tadka to the cut muthias.
10. Serve hot with chutney.
1. Insert a toothpick in the centre to check if dumplings are cooked properly and if it comes out clean, they are cooked.
2. If you are using pressure cooker, please do not use whistle or pressure cooker ring.
This is my entry to Flavours Of Gujarat hosted by Nayna Kanabar - Simply.Food