Tori/ Dudhi Muthias (Zucchini/Bottle Gourd Cakes)

Muthias are one of my favorite Gujarati snacks. They are steamed cakes made with a combination of healthy flours such as semolina, whole wheat, chickpea flour and so on combined with grated bottle gourd or zucchini. I make these all the time – it’s an acid friendly food – you just have to omit the chili from this recipe.

I learned this recipe from our family friend Neha Mazumdar who makes some of the best Muthias. This dish goes really well with a nice mint or coriander chutney. 

Tori/ Dudhi Muthias (Zucchini/Bottle Gourd Cakes)

1 bottle gourd (lauki) or 3 zucchini’s peeled and grated (excess water squeezed out lightly)

1 cup whole wheat flour (atta)

¾ cup semolina (suji)

½ cup chick pea flour (besan)

½ teaspoon baking soda

Ground green chili to taste or chili powder (opt)

1-teaspoon salt

1-tablespoon sugar

½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)

2-3 T oil

1 lime – to taste (opt)

 

Seasoning

3 tablespoons of oil

¼ teaspoon asafoetida

2 teaspoons of black mustard seeds

1 sprig of chopped curry leaves

 

Method:

Combine the grated lauki or zucchini, wheat flour, semolina, chick pea flour, baking soda, chili, salt, sugar, turmeric, oil and lime together.

Mix till you have made a kind of dough.

moothias

moothias

Take a handful of the dough and mould it into a log about 2 inches wide and thick.

Make several of these logs till all the batter is used up.

Place the logs in a steamer and steam for 20 minutes.

moothias

Check with a knife to see if it has been cooked through – it should be firm to the touch. Cut the log into half inch slices.

moothias

Seasoning

Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a saute pan.

Pan fry the sliced moothias for about a minute on each side till they get a few brown spots on them.

Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a stainless steel ladle.

Add the asafoetida, black mustard seeds and chopped curry leaves

Stir for a minute till the mustard seeds have popped.

Pour the seasonings over the sliced muthias.

Serve hot with your favorite spicy chutneys.

 

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