Muthiya (for Undhiyu)

Muthiya is a very Gujarati thing – it is often served with tea as a snack or is an essential part of a very famous Gujarati dish – Undhiyu. These bite-size pieces of flavor are just spectacular had either way. The combination of Fenugreek and the spice is a perfect insight to the great Gujarati cuisine. Enjoy these wonderful Muthiyas today.

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Makes: approx 40 bite-size muthiyas

Ingredients:

Besan/ Chickpea flour – 1 cup
Suji/Semolina – 1/4 cup
Baking Soda – 1/4 tsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Sesame Seeds – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp or to taste
Oil – 1 tbsp
Fenugreek Leaves (Methi) – 1/2 cup, chopped
Cilantro (Cilantro) – 12 sprigs, chopped
Green Chilli Paste – to taste
Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
Water – 1 tbsp or as needed
Oil – for deep frying

Method:

1. In a wide bowl, combine Chick-pea Flour, Semolina, Baking Soda, Sesame Seed, Sugar and Salt.
2. Mix and incorporate all the ingredients.
3. Add in the Oil and mix well into the dry ingredients.
4. Add in Fenugreek Leaves, Cilantro, Chili Paste and Lemon Juice and mix again.
5. Add in Water, 1 tsp at a time till all the ingredients come together to form a dough.
6. Heat Oil for deep-frying on medium heat.
7. Smear the palms of hands with a little Oil so the dough does not stick.
8. Take a teaspoon amount of dough and form oval shaped balls.
9. Once Oil is hot, smear finger-tips with Oil as well and pick the Muthiyas and drop gently into the Oil.
10. Roll them around in the Oil to ensure even color and cooking.
11. Once the Muthiyas are a golden brown, pull them to the side of the pan and allow the excess Oil to roll off.
12. Trasfer the Muthiyas on to a paper-lined plate.
13. Store to have with Tea or set aside to make Undhiyu.

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