There's nothing like a plate of hot Palak-Methi Muthiyas with a cup of Chai on a rainy evening! And as its been pouring down here since quite a few days, we got a chance to enjoy some lazy yet delicious food that can help you lift the gloom! These Muthiyas are made with spinach and fenugreek leaves, which are then mixed with some flour, spices and onion, then rolled into logs, steamed and cooked, and finally sauteed with some seasoning. Garnished with chopped cilantro and shredded coconut, these steamed dumplings are packed with flavor, and are really high in nutrition! You can choose not to saute them at all, in which case, you can feast on a satisfying oil-free snack which any diet plan would be proud to include! They taste fabulous with Chutneys on the side, but I love having them with a cup of sweet and spicy Masala Chai!
1 bunch spinach leaves, chopped
1/2 bunch fenugreek leaves (methi) - chopped
1 1/2 tsp green chili-ginger paste
4 tbsp whole wheat flour
2 tbsp bengal gram flour (besan)
2 tbsp semolina (rawa)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp soda-bi-carb
3 tbsp oil
1 tsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp finely chopped onion (optional)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp fresh cream
2 tbsp chopped coriander
salt to taste
2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp oil
In a bowl, combine the fenugreek and spinach leaves. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt, mix it well and squeeze out all the liquid (if using frozen and thawed). Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and knead into a soft dough, using warm water. Do not make it too liquid; somewhere between a cake batter and a cookie dough.
Apply a little oil on your hands and divide the mixture into 3 parts. Now roll each part into a log. Then take a steam cooker (idli-steamer) and place all 3 logs into it. Steam for about 15-20 mins, till the outer layer becomes a little hard, and a toothpick inserted into the center of each log comes out clean.
Alternately, use a regular large pot filled with boiling water; place an inverted stell bowl inside, and balance a steel plate(thali) on the top, then place your logs on the thali. Cover with a lid, and allow to get cooked with the steam.
Once done, remove the logs and let them cool a little till they can be handled by hand. Now slice them into 1/2 inch thick oval slices or rounds.
Take 2 tbsp oil in a wok; add some mustard seeds to it. When they start spluttering, add the steamed muthiya slices to the wok. Toss around to coat evenly, then sprinkel with some shredded coconut and chopped coriander.
Serve the Palak-Methi Muthiyas with hot Tea or green cilantro chutney for a delicious light low-fat snack!
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