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Gujarati Muthia – Chickpea Dumpling Stir Fry

Gujarat is a state located on the northwestern coast of India. They have a variety of savory cakes that are often eaten for snacks or at tea time.
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Indian, Southeast asian
Servings: 6
Calories: 294kcal


Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups bottle gourd peeled and grated
  • 1 cup chappati flour or whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup semolina
  • 3/4 cup chickpea flour besan
  • 2 green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons oil separated
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped

Stir Fry Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 12 curry leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon asoefetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Squeeze out liquid from bottle gourd and reserve.
  • In a large bowl, combine flours, 1 tablespoon of the oil, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro and all other dough ingredients. Mix to combine.
  • Add grated gourd and knead into a dough, adding reserved bottle gourd juice a little at a time, as needed. Use water if you run out of bottle gourd juice. (I used 5 tablespoons)
  • Cover and leave to rest for 15 minutes.
  • With wet hands, form into oblong little cakes.
  • Place in a steamer and cook for 25-30 minutes. Test by inserting a fork into one. If it comes out clean, muthia are ready.
  • Let them cool and slice into thick pieces.
  • In a large non stick skillet or wok, heat remaining oil.
  • Add cumin seed and mustard seed. As soon as the cumin starts to change color, Add curry leaves, asoefetida and sesame seeds. Fry for 1 minute.
  • Add slices of muthia, lemon juice, salt and remaining cilantro.
  • Toss to combine and cook on low heat, tossing frequently, until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve with coriander or mint chutney.


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 541mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg
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