methi muthia recipe, how to make methi muthia | gujarati methi muthia

by dassana amit updated November 25, 2013

steamed and fried methi muthia - gujarati steamed and fried methi muthia

methi muthia is another favorite snack from the gujarati cuisine.

methi muthia are steamed or fried dumplings made from chickpea flour and fenugreek leaves/methi.. there are various ways of making muthia… i always make these with chickpea flour. but you can also make them with whole wheat flour, bajra (pearl millet) or jowar (sorghum) flour.

i made these a few day later after making the the methi thepla. i made both versions of methi muthia, steamed and fried. i was partial to the steamed version. i just loved it plain.

steamed methi muthia

the fried methi muthia has to be eaten when they are hot or warm. they go well with any sweet or spicy chutney… even tomato sauce.

the steamed muthias can be made in advance and then added to any veggie dish you make. in gujarat they add it to one of my fav dish undhiyu… where winter vegetables are cooked to perfection with spices and muthia… sweet, mildly spiced and a perfect accompaniment to some rotlas… thick bajra flour (pearl millet) flour rotis made in gujarat.

you can also temper the muthias and then have these with any chutney or sauce. methi muthias serve as a great snack.

fried methi muthia

now you might ask me how i know so much about gujarati cuisine… i have been born and brought up in bombay… the hub of gujarati and maharashtrian food… i have always feasted on these regional goodies, till i left mumbai.. at home mom would make them or we could easily get to buy them in the food shops.

when i moved to delhi, it was a different food experience for me. i am not so fond of punjabi food with all the ghee and butter…. irony is that my blog is full of punjabi recipes… reason – 90% of the times i cook punjabi food and hence the blog gets updated with the food i cook at home. though i cut down drastically on the fat usage.

i have had gujarati thalis, been to gujarati weddings, been to gujarati buffets…. i can go on and on… all i can say is that i just love the simplicity and deliciousness of this cuisine.

i have presented both the steamed and fried versions of methi muthia. take your pic…..

methi muthia recipe

lets start step by step steamed & fried methi muthia recipe:

1: making the dough:

1: take all the besan, chopped methi leaves, salt, sugar, semolina, sesame seeds, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, in a bowl.

methi muthia dough

2: mix well.

methi muthia dough

3: add ginger-green chili paste, baking soda and lemon juice. mix the ingredients and keep aside for 15-20 minutes. the methi will release water in the mean time and then you know how much water you can add later.

methi muthia dough

4: now add water or yogurt and knead to a smooth dough… when adding water, the cup fell from my hands and extra water went into the dough. so the dough became a little sticky as you see in the pics. i let the dough stand for some time and it was alright later… there was no stickiness afterwards.

methi muthia dough

2: making the steamed methi muthia:

1: half of the dough… shape them into sausage type rolls and place them on a greased tray.

steamed - methi muthia

2: heat water and when the water becomes hot. place the greased tray in the pan. cover and let the muthia steam for 10-12 minutes.

steamed - methi muthia

3: the muthia is steamed and cooked. check with a tooth pick to see for doneness.

steamed - methi muthia

4: slice the muthia as shown in the pic below.

steamed - methi muthia

5: heat a pan or kadai and temper the ingredients for the steamed muthia. remember the mustard seed should pop…

steamed - methi muthia

6: add the sliced steamed muthia to the tempering and fry these for 2-3 minutes on a medium flame.

steamed - methi muthia

3: making the fried methi muthia

1: make small cylindical or rectangular shaped rolls with the remaining half of the dough.

fried methi muthia

2: heat oil in a kadai or pan and shallow or deep fry the steamed muthia till golden brown and crisp.

fried methi muthia

3: drain on kitchen tissues.

fried methi muthia

serving the methi muthias:

garnish the steamed muthias with some coriander and grated coconut. serve methi muthia warm. serve both the muthias with some spicy or sweet chutney.

gujarati methi muthia

if you are looking for more gujarati recipes then do check khaman dhoklamethi na gotacarrot sambharo, dabeli and gujarati kadhi.

methi muthia recipe details below:

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methi muthia: steamed & fried
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methi muthia are steamed or fried dumplings made from chickpea flour and fenugreek leaves/methi.
Recipe type: snacks
Cuisine: indian, gujarati
Serves: 4-5
for making the muthia dough:
  • 2 cups besan/chickpea flour
  • 1 tbsp water or yogurt – add more if required
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2.5 cups chopped methi leaves
  • 2 tsp sugar or as required
  • 1 tsp salt or as required
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp semolina
  • 2 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric/haldi
  • 1 tsp coriander/dhania powder
  • 1 tsp cumin/jeera powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder/cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp ginger green chili paste
  • water for steaming the muthia
  • oil for frying the muthia
for tempering the steamed muthia:
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
for garnishing the steamed muthia:
  • few chopped coriander leaves
  • some freshly grated coconut
preparing the dough:
  1. mix all the ingredients except water/yogurt.
  2. keep aside for 15-20 minutes.
  3. add water and make a smooth dough.
making the steamed muthia:
  1. from half of the dough, make sausage shaped long rolls and place them in a greased container.
  2. steam these rolls for 17-20 minutes or till done.
  3. once warm and cooled, slice the steamed rolls.
  4. temper the ingredients mentioned in the tempering list above.
  5. add the sliced muthia and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  6. serve hot or warm garnished with some chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut
making the fried muthia:
  1. make small elongated cylindrical rolls from the remaining half of the dough:
  2. heat oil.
  3. shallow or deep fry the methi muthia till golden brown and crisp.
  4. drain methi muthia on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.
  5. serve methi muthia hot with some chutney or tomato sauce.
few tips for methi muthia recipe:
1. if the dough become sticky add some chickpea flour.
2. don’t over steam the muthia. they become dry.
3. in india we don’t get very bitter fenugreek/methi leaves. if the methi or fenugreek are bitter, than just rub some salt on the leaves and keep aside for 15-20 minutes. later squeeze the methi leaves with your hands. this removes the bitterness. add these to the flour. in this case you may have to use some extra water or yogurt.
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Serving size: 4-5

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Dr. U. V. Mane February 28, 2014 1

I tried methi muthia steamed one.Iliked it and my family members too liked it. can keep faith in you for good recepies. THANKYOU.


dassana amit March 2, 2014 2

welcome and thanks.


Namita February 5, 2014 3

Good morning, I just happen to chance by your blog and have to compliment you on the pictures and step by step method for every recipe , very kind of you to share your expertise and method.
Will definitely be visiting your blog often, thank you .



dassana amit February 7, 2014 4

welcome namita and thanks for the positive feedback.


Suparna January 19, 2014 5


Every weekend, I make kale juice with lots of veggies, one day my 8 yr old said mom why are you wasting the leftover veggies make something out of it & I thought of muthiyas. I saw your recipe & tried the steamed version my daughter & husband loved it delicious, nutritious as well as good use of the leftover veggies!! Thanks a lot.


dassana amit January 29, 2014 6

thanks suparna. glad you and your family liked the muthias.


Indu December 8, 2013 7

Hi Dassana, I tried the steamed version of the Muthiya and it came out so well that we couldn’t stop our hands from grabbing it multiple times. My hubby and my child loved it very much. Thanks for sharing it.

2 days back, I was searching for a kachori recipe and that was when I came across ur blog. I have to admit that I instantly liked ur site as all the recipes were very clear and well presented with photos. But then I was a little doubtful untill I tried the kachori recipe. I was amused when it came out very well. The measurements are really accurate, and ur style of presenting is too good. I am passionate towards cooking and I love experimenting and learning new stuff. I appreciate ur well rounded knowledge on many diff cuisines and it is really informative. It would be great if you can include me in ur mailing list.


dassana December 8, 2013 8

thanks indu for appreciating the site and writing this positive feedback. i have added your email to the weekly recipes newsletter. keep visiting the blog.


tanvi October 19, 2013 9

similar muthiyas and theplas can be made by adding grated lauki also….only difference being the grated lauki instead of methi and a little jaggery. We have tried only the steamed version of the lauki muthiya….being a maharashtrian we cook ‘mutkule’ at home which is very much like this but instead of deep frying we cook them like any bhaaji in a tadka of rai and jeera and cover them for 10 minutes, and they are done.. :) sometimes we add leftover dal to this flour and cook mutkule and thalipeeth out of it..


dassana October 20, 2013 10

hi tanvi. i know of the variation in muthia with lauki. just never tried it. mutkule is new to me. thanks for sharing the info.


Chetan Pandya September 1, 2013 11

Excellent, easy to follow recipe with full explanation and excellent pictures of the muthias.
Thnak you.


dassana September 2, 2013 12

thanks chetan


Deepa Mohan August 20, 2013 13

Hi Dassana
Made the muthias today. As always your recipes are the best. It came out very well. I have been refering to your recipes all the time. The first one I tried a year ago was Pizza and now I’m an expert pizza maker for my family and friends. Thanks a lot to your wonderful recipes…


dassana August 20, 2013 14

thanks deepa. i am glad to know that you can have become expert in making pizza. keep on trying more recipes to become a expert cook.


Aisha May 22, 2013 15

Really gonna try dis recipe looking gr8!!


Asha March 28, 2013 16

Hello Dassana,

I love your name & the methi muthia’s recipe.
The step by step instructions w/the pics made it much easier in making the dough.
I am also from Bombay. When I read your recipe & you had mentioned “this is the way my mom make batata poha” it made me think of my mom bec. all moms have a special talent.
I have also tried your upma recipe was great!
Thanks a bunch for yummy recipes.


dassana March 28, 2013 17

i agree asha. moms have their own special touch to the food that they make. thanks and welcome.


Amrita March 19, 2013 18

OMG, I made the steamed version it was so delicious! The measurements, step by step instructions everything is perfect. Thanks for such a fool proof recipe, Love it!


dassana March 21, 2013 19

thanks amrita.


Fareeda February 10, 2013 20

Hi Dasana:

I made the muthias. I used the 1 tsp. of salt and the muthias were delicious.



Fareeda February 10, 2013 21

Hi Dassana:
One question – is it a typo, or are you calling for 1 tablespoon of salt? Please let me know.



dassana February 10, 2013 22

thanks fareeda. it is a typo. you can add 1 tsp salt or more if required.


meeta January 24, 2013 23

hi dassana,

glad to see some gujarati recipe on your blog…as i m gujarati…the recipes and food photographs are just superb and really helping…just to your update, while we make this or any muthia (u wonder we make muthia from lauki, pappaya and also from some saag (bhaji) also with the same recipe….we dont use only besan while making this….what we did in gujarat is following:

tuvar daal, chana daal, urad daal, mung daal – each one cup seperately + double of all the daals i.e. 8 cup rice … we made a flour ( lil bit coarse, not so smooth like wheat flour or besan) ….this is multi purpose floor as we made muthias and dhoklas and handwo and chillas and so on from this flour :D .. and all taste awsome as well as different in taste from each other with the same flour…..

hope this will help you someway…

enjoy cooking…. :)



dassana January 26, 2013 24

thanks meeta. i know muthia is made from other veggies too. i have had cabbage, lauki and spinach muthia before. thanks for sharing the info on the different daals/lentils used for making muthia. i shall update it on the blog. it will be useful for readers. it has surely helped me. i have multi grain flour and rice flour too. not coarse but fine. will make muthias with these flours, thanks to your info. i will also try making dhoklas and handwo.


dimple January 16, 2013 25

Made the fried version of the methi muthia..but had a these turn out to be very crispy???…Since it was the first time I ever ate a muthia..I had no clue how it should taste..LOL…but ya it was good..thanks


dassana January 17, 2013 26

hi dimple. the fried methi muthia is not very crisp. its not very crisp like pakoras that we make. thanks for trying the recipe.


Lana December 24, 2012 27

I just made the steamed methi muthias. Very delicious. I coudn’t fit all the muthias in the steamer, so made theplas with the remaining dough.

I will surely make these again. Thanks for a great recipe.


dassana December 24, 2012 28

thanks lana for trying the recipe.


madhu November 24, 2012 29

like all the recipes


dassana November 29, 2012 30

thanks madhu.


CinnamonNChillies September 28, 2012 31

Mmmm Mmmm Mmmmm

We are no onion no garlic house! And this is a great tea time snack for us. I am going to try this soon. I think Gujarati cuisine is something I need to get more exposed to…


dassana September 28, 2012 32

thanks… yes you should. it is a wondeful cuisine.


nutan September 16, 2012 33

pics r amazing ……….looks yummy……will try soon


dassana September 16, 2012 34

thanks nutan :-)


Nags August 30, 2012 35

recently chanced upon your site and LOVE the pics, esp in this post. have bookmarked this.


dassana August 30, 2012 36

thanks nags. i have been following your blog for some time now and i like what your recipes… most of them are so easy and fuss free.


Kankana August 30, 2012 37

I love methi muthia and we usually buy it from the store and eat it tea. I am going to now try make it at home. Do these stay crispy even later ?


dassana August 30, 2012 38

they don’t stay that crisp. we had the remainder the next day. i just warmed them in the microwave and they were tasting good.


beena August 29, 2012 39

hey dassana,
methi muthias are a regular at home for snacks as well as for undhio that we make in winters… i love your step by step instructions. i usually make it with wheat flour and other atta flours… this one was interesting so i tried this version on muthias and they turned out excellent with besan…it tastes simply awesome. thanks for the recipe… i love ur pictures too… :)


dassana August 29, 2012 40

thanks beena for making the besan muthia. felt good that you liked the recipe… more so since you are a gujarati and you must have had muthias so often :-)

your comment has really motivated me. thanks again.


Priya's Now Serving August 29, 2012 41

Dassana – That you??? Should have read the blogger name before or after checking out the recipes :)


Priya's Now Serving August 29, 2012 42

Both the versions are super delicious looking and I am totally planning to try them both – Question – can I use dried methi leaves for this, because it is rare that I get fresh ones around these parts??Really enjoyable post – thank you for sharing – will be back for more from you – cheers, priya


dassana August 29, 2012 43

thanks priya. i think you can make the muthia with dry fenugreek leaves. the equivalent for 1 cup of fresh methi leaves would be approx 1.5 or 2 tbsp of dry fenugreek leaves. hope this helps.


Huma August 28, 2012 44

My mother-in-law makes muthias with bajra atta and she adds the muthias in vegetables made of egg plant, spinach, potatoes,beans and other stuff. It is a whole day venture. She was also born and raised in Bombay. So when she visits us she makes this dish for us and we freeze some of it and take out the potatoes before freezing. I like your idea of steaming them and frying them too and have them as snack. I will forward this recipe to her as well. Delicious.


dassana August 28, 2012 45

so cute of her to make these when she visits you. by what you mention, she must be adding the muthias in the undhiyu, where veggies like eggplant, beans, potatoes etc are cooked… making undhiyu with muthias does take a lot of time. do forward her this recipe. i always make muthias with besan as i do not get bajra atta here.


Rashida Shaikh August 27, 2012 46

I never heard of this kind of muthia…
This looks nice and must be good in taste…I’m bookmarking it


Courtney Rae Jones August 26, 2012 47

These look wonderful! Thank you for such great step-by-step instructions. I look forward to trying these :)


Swasthi August 25, 2012 48

Never knew this, looks great and wonderful clicks Dassana!


Your Cookery Book August 25, 2012 49

I use fried methi muthia to make undhiyu and steamed for snack. I like your both recipes. I love gujarati patra snacks too but unfortunately patra leaves are not available here in the UK. So I can’t make it apart of readycooked buying it. Your pics are as always amazing as well as your recipes.


dassana August 25, 2012 50

even i like the patra snacks. i get the colocasia leaves here, but i have to travel some kilometres away to the market where i will get the leaves. they are very common in this season. i hope i get rid of my laziness and get some patra leaves soon.


Asmita August 25, 2012 51

I love the simple step by step method shown here. So easy to follow and understand.
Being from Mumbai, I too love Gujrati cuisine. The best are the endless thali feasts.
My favorite place to eat Gujrati food in Mumbai is Swati snacks.
I cannot wait to try both these versions. So wonderful with some piping hot chai.


Your Cookery Book August 25, 2012 52

You are right I miss Gujrati Thali too. We had been to India 2 years back. My life partner who is white british, I ordered thali for him in a restaurant. He adored the Gujarati Thali and surprised for the value of the food and big platter. I can’t wait to visit India again.


dassana August 25, 2012 53

i also miss the thalis so much. where i stay we don’t even have a decent restaurant which served gujarati food :-(


Runita Bose August 25, 2012 54

Love you Dassana I am speechless lovely recipe. so innovative.


dassana August 25, 2012 55

thanks for your beautiful words runita.


prathibha August 25, 2012 56

I love this snack,even I prefer the steamed and stir fried version..looks delicious


Eha August 25, 2012 57

I have just scrolled up and down more than a couple of times ’cause this really was a new and fascinating lesson! Well, here is a European-born Australian trying to learn :) ! Well, the first will be the steamed muthia ‘because I believe in the method: thank you SO much!


dassana August 25, 2012 58

thanks a lot eha. the steamed ones are very good, plus healthy as well. do make these and let me know. like you, even i am learning so many things related to food and photography everyday. in fact the international cuisine also fascinates me and i do try the recipes… somethings which i have never ever made at home before…. there are disasters at times, but it a learning process and i enjoy it thoroughly.


Eha August 26, 2012 59

Living on my own at the moment I quite enjoy the ‘disasters’! Find the food blogging community a wonderful living lesson and learn something new every day!


Divyaja August 25, 2012 60


Wah ! Feel like grabbing those…..the pictures and ur way of presenting step by step really awesome ! Today itself I am in a mood to try
Thank you for getting such a delicious item looking forward more to receive


dassana August 25, 2012 61

thanks divyaja.


Poornima August 25, 2012 62

Dassana, gujrati snacks are my favorite, they are absolutely delicious!! Love both the versions!


familycook August 25, 2012 63

This recipe is totally new to me and looks fabulous . The most I know about the Gujarati cuisine is the Kadi, Khichdi, or maybe at the most the dhokla:)

You can cook any type of cuisine like a pro! I admire your talent:)


dassana August 25, 2012 64

thanks familycook. there is much more to gujarati food than the kadi, khichdi and dhokla. luckily living in mumbai and having gujarati neighbors, we were exposed to so many delicacies from the gujarati cuisine.


Avia August 25, 2012 65



Kanan August 25, 2012 66

I love your small katoris. I always go for steamed muthia because I like crunch from sesame seeds. I make doodhi muthia- steamed one. and make methi muthia for Undhiyu only and other curries like turiya mithia or vatana muthia. we use fried methi muthia for undhiyu. all pics are real visual treat. I am just salivating here.


dassana August 25, 2012 67

thanks kanan. i just cannot make undhiyu here. i can get all the veggies, except the purple yam. without it i feel something is missing in the undhiyu. so i never made it this winter. i have to try making doodhi muthia. i also have to try making shaak with the muthiyas. I just steam them and temper them… thats it.. i am lazy ;-)


Lavi August 24, 2012 68

is it like gatte? like both the versions! also cute little baskets!


dassana August 25, 2012 69

thanks lavi. in gatte we don’t add methi leaves or greens. the dough is more or less the same. the gatte are boiled in water whereas the muthia are steamed. there is a difference in the texture and the taste between the two. i already have a recipe request for making gatte and i will be posting the recipe soon.


Renuka August 31, 2012 70

oh u remember my request….thanks a ton Dassana :)

Dassana….today while leaving for office I soaked dry matar for making matar kulcha in dinner….i have thought of first boiling matar..and then prepare usual onion tomato tadka and put boiled mater with usual masalas…anything extra if you suggest to this…would be waiting for ur reply if u happen to see it in time…otherwise i will try it at my end and then will give u feedback..Matar Kulcha is quite a famous dish here in North India…
UR Pav Bhaji hit has inspired me to try this…lets see ;)


dassana August 31, 2012 71

of course renuka, i remember your request. i have tons of requests pending. starting with eggless banana bread today evening.

for the matar kulcha, i would suggest adding some amchur powder or dry pomegranate powder. if you have chole masala, then that too you can add. or just add some garam masala and 1 tsp of fennel/saunf powder. dry roast the fennel and in a mortar-pestle crush it.

i know matar kulcha is a famous dish. i will also make it soon. thanks.


Renuka August 31, 2012 72

i have chole masala….will add it