Friday, February 5, 2010

Lowfat Methi Na Muthiya Dhokla (A steamed Fenugreek leaves and chick-pea flour snack)

Know what you eat: In my earlier post of "Methi na gota" fenugreek leaves -gramflour fritters..I talked about the benefins of having fenugreek leaves/seeds for various purpose..JFI Apart from what we already know by now ...Fenugreek (Methi) is an amazing magic herb that can cure number of ailments. Indian Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine recommend fenugreek to treat arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, improve digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism, increase libido and male potency, cure skin problems (wounds, rashes and boils), treat sore throat, and cure acid reflux. It also has a long history of use for the treatment of reproductive disorders, to induce labor, to treat hormonal disorders, to help with breast enlargement, and to reduce menstrual pain. Recent studies have shown that Fenugreek helps lower blood glucose and cholestrol levels, and may be an effective treatment for both type 1 and 2 diabetes,Since ancient times, it has been known to increase milk production in lactating women. Research has even shown that milk production can increase by over 500 percent within 24 to 72 hours after consuming fenugreek capsules. This "Methi Na Muthiya Dhokla" goes to Yasmeen for hosting Health Nut Challenge- 4 Bitter Better Health.
Channa Dal(Bengal gram) is very high in protein and very low in glycemic index.

Note: Another variation to this recipe is adding lauki/doodhi (bottle gourd) squash,cabbage, even leftover cooked rice...makes a big hit.......Here is the recipe.


1 C Spinach washed, chopped
2 C Fenugreek Leaves washed, chopped
2 Tbsp Cilantro (Coriander) washed, & chopped
4 Tbsp Gram flour (besan)
2 Tbsp Whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp Semolina (rawa)
1 tsp Green chilli-ginger paste
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
1/4 red chilli pwd (optional)
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds (jeera)
2 Tbsp Oil
1/4 tsp Soda-bi-carb
1/2 tsp Sugar
3 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste

For Tempering:

1 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Sesame Seeds
1 pinch asafoetida (hing) pwd

For Garnish:

1 Tbsp Chopped Coriander (Cilantro)
1 Tbsp Grated Fresh/Frozen-thawed Coconut


1. In a bowl, combine spinach & fenugreek leaves.

2. Sprinkle 1 tsp of salt, mix it well and squeeze out all the liquid (If you want to skip this process, make sure you do not add any water while kneading the dough, just mix greens with flour and set aside for a while, it will automatically leave some liquid which you can for the dough)

3. Combine everything mentioned in ingredients in a bowl & Knead into a semi soft dough (mix it thoroughly)

4. Wash your hands and now apply a little oil on your hands, divide the mixture and with your palms roll lenghtwise (as shown in pic) and place these rolls in a steamer.

5. Steam it for 15 - 20 mins or untill done, (as we check the cake, check this roll with a knife, if it comes out clean, that means its done).

6. Remove from the steamer and let it cool at room temperature for a while.

7. On a cutting board, take one roll & with a sharp knife, cut small circles (like we cut the cookie) as shown in picture. Like wise cut all the rolls and keep it aside.

8. Now for tempering, heat oil in a kadai/ skillet, add mustard seeds, as it spluters, add (jeera) cumin & sesame seeds. Add a pinch of asafoetida (hing).

9. Now add all the pieces which are cut and kept aside, slowly in this kadai/skillet, and let it become light brown or slightly cripsy on one side, similarly, with a spatula, very carefully turn it to the other side.

10. Once done, serve hot with Green cilantro chutney / ketchup enjoy these protein rich guilt free snack.

Event Participation: Cooking for Kids leafy greens hosted by Pavani originally started by Sharmi of Neivedyam.
This dish is our contribution to SWC- Cooking with greens event, hosted by Sowmya.
This dish goes to Show me your Breakfast event hosted by Divya Vikram.
This goes to EFM June Breakfast series hosted by Srish.


Vani said...

Looks yummy!

Varsha Vipins said...

They look just perfect M n S..!

Pavithra Elangovan said...

WOw thats really lovely.. and so so healthy dear i have bookmarked it...

suvi said...

this looks yum, and it you make it sound so easy to make!

Preeti Singh said...

looks very tempting, healthy and inviting.Will surely try soon , thanks for sharing and visiting my blogspace too. :)

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! tasty ! :)

Indian Khana said...

Looks yum...adding methi is gr8...I do with leftover rice and I boil not steam ..steaming seems to be gud idea

Kalai said...

I love dhokla! Awesome variation with a healthy twist. Nice one! :)

Renus Kitchen said...

very nice recipe....I have everything in my pantry ...will give it a try

Unknown said...

looks so delicious..very interesting recipe..thanks a lot for sending this to the green event.

Hari Chandana P said...

looks yummyyy... very nice recipe.. :)

Parita said...

i just made these few days back..but didnt use spinach..these look delicious..m craving for these right now :) love the idea of adding whole whea flour..

Saritha said...

Sounds interesting and looks great :)

Unknown said...

Thank You Everyone..for your healthy comments..Do keep visiting.
Yes Parita, adding little wheat flour makes its a bit soft, & easy for digestion as well, as compared to just make it with bengal gram flour itself.

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow looks so gorgeous, sounds healthy, prefect what not. Love ur blog absolutely!!

sangeeta said...

i love this dish made with any vegetable.......your flavors look very appetizing with the tadka n coconut, i dint know this is also called dhokla as at our place it is simply called 'bhap ki pakodi' ....i'll try this version....

Kalyani said...

looks yummy yummy & sounds a healthy one .....

Priya Suresh said...

Wat a healthy dhokla, looks simply superb!

Lisa Turner said...

Thanks for the fenugreek information. And thanks for another mouthwatering recipe!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Sangeeta, Kalyani, Priya & Lisa..for your healthy comments. Do keep visiting.

Nivedita Thadani said...

wow!!! great and healthy and a very new recipe!!! I will try soooon.
welcome to my blog.

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