Happy Valentines day to all of you!!!
Food is the most integral part of our life and proper food choices and style of cooking can give a complete healthy make over to your life. We all love our families and it is always a good idea to celebrate special occasions with healthy and delicious food.
Celebrate the Valentines Day with Team DFT’s weight watchers and diabetes friendly appetizers.
I am bringing A very healthy and delicious snack called Dhaniya – methi Muthiyas.
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Muthiya ( chickpea dumplings) is a very popular steamed and fried Gujrati snack. “Muthi” means fist and the dish is named such because the dough mixture is shaped into cylindrical rolls using the fist.Traditionally, It is made up of chickpea flour, methi (fenugreek), salt, turmeric, chili powder, and an optional bonding agent/sweetener such as sugar and oil.The above ingredients are mixed in a bowl and then kneaded to make a dough. they are then steamed and cut into muthiyas these muthiyas are then deep fried.
I made a slightly different version of muthiyas and indeed a healthier one by steaming and then pan roasting them . I added Cilantro leaves along with methi ( fenugreek) and also little whole wheat flour to bind the mixture. Read the health benefits of this recipe in the foot notes.My family loved this entirely healthy breakfast, when I served these muthiyas alog with a very healthy ABC juice or Apple- Beet- carrot juice.
What a deep contentment I feel, when I see my three valentines enjoying a healthy meal!
Recommended Serving size- 4 Muthiyas per person
TO MAKE DOUGH
Washed and chopped Methi or Fenugreek leaves- 1 cup
Washed and chopped Dhaniya leaves- 1cup
Besan or gram flour-4 tbsp
Whole Wheat flour-2 tbsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
Anardana powder or Amchoor powder-1/2 tsp
Ginger green Chilli paste- 2 tbsp
Baking soda-1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Water to knead dough
heeng or Asafoetida- a pinch
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Red chili powder-1/2 tsp
1.In a big bowl, mix all the ingredients required to make dough except water.
2.Gradually add water and make a dough. You can grease your hands little bit so that the mixture doesn’t sticks to your hand.
3. Now divide the dough into 3 equal parts and roll each pat into a long cylinder or just like a sausage.
4. Steam each of them in a steamer for about 15-12 minutes. To check whether they are cooked or not insert a knife and if the knife comes out clean , that means the rolls are perfectly cooked.
5. Take these rolls out and allow them to cool completely. Then cut into equal side discs ( which are called muthiyas) of about half inch thickness.
6. For tempering, Take a non stick pan and put 1 tsp oil in it. Add Heeng, Musturd seeds and let them crackle. Now add sesame seeds and roast them for about a minute.
7. Once sesame seeds turn light brown in color, add red chili powder and mix well. Add the discs or muthiyas and mix everything well so that the spices coat these muthiyas. Serve them hot with green cilantro chutney and a healthy juice or tea and Enjoy this healthy meal with your family and friends.
BENEFITS OF BESAN
For those who want to avoid gluten completely, or want to lose weight too, besan flour would be best to have. Besan is known to have very low levels of glycemic in it, which is great for those who have high diabetes. One can use the flour to make parathas and rotis, or replace the wheat flour to make desired dishes too.
BENEFITS OF FENUGREEK/METHI LEAVES
The health benefits of fenugreek include relief from anemia, loss of taste, fever, dandruff, stomach disorders, biliousness, respiratory disorders, mouth ulcers, sore throat, diabetes, inflammations, wounds and insomnia. It is beneficial during pregnancy, lactation and helps in improving digestion, as well as in various hair care applications. It is also shown to reduce cholesterol levels and protect heart health, while simultaneously boosting the immune system and protecting you against flu and various infections.Fenugreek helps to alleviate type II diabetes. According to one study, it may also help people with Type I diabetes. Read more here
BENEFITS OF CILANTRO OR DHANIYA
Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like cilantro decreases the risk of obesity, overall mortality, diabetes and heart disease while promoting a healthy skin and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.
For information please refer to these links
I am not a nutritionist or dietitian. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietitian before making any changes to your diet.
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