Monday, 17 November 2014

Oats, Quinoa and Methi ( Fenugreek leaves ) Muthiya - steamed fist cakes




In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

Samosa and chips gives you cardiac problems, Gulab Jamun and cakes gives you sugar problems and TV and internet gives you many other health problems. Almost all of life's pleasure turn out to be bad for you !!

We are living in a city, which is crowded, noisy and air is polluted, In the midst of our busy, hectic, stressful lives, we fail to think about anything other than duties and few priorities. and pretty much every other ingredient of modern life in a big city, people are becoming a victim of so many unwanted health problems, such as stress, depression and you are advised to change your life style !



Past many years me and husband were a gym bunny, almost every day we did a vigorous workout. We enjoyed gym, swimming, sauna and aerobics ! After few years we thought we need a change and decided to quit gym, as gym was getting over crowded and almost became hard to breath ! 

We are lucky enough that there are few nature parks and woodlands near my area, and seaside just an one hour away. A walk along a wide beach, with no sound but the waves crashing and the gulls calling, may not be the answer to all our worries but almost everything seems better after you've skimmed stones or sat on the dunes scanning the horizon for ships or taking walks in natural environments, such as parks, trails, and other green spaces, the song of birds, their evening gatherings, the breeze that sways trees and the winds that blow your mind away…it’s all nature and beauty divine, certainly you will appreciate unique gift from nature !

 

While you are closure with nature, seems our workout  gets easier and easier, we do not find very difficult to brisk walk or jog and it seems a walk with nature is more enjoyable, beneficial and wonder therapy. Together as a family, we immensely enjoy walks through woodlands, parks or along the seaside. There are plenty advances proved by scientist, nature gives you abundance of physical and mental benefits ranging from clean air and lack of noise pollution to the apparent immune-boosting effects of a fine mist of “wood essential oils.” while Savour the silence of nature, or thrill to the tap-tap of the woodpecker or breathing lungful of fresh sea air is totally good for our well being and feel the waves of the sea, magical experience of life !

Nature is serene, beautiful, lovely, unique and a gift to every one of us, experiencing it should be a part of our lives !!!

Wood courtesy from woodland and the pebbles from pebble beach :)
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We as family have decided no matter what the weather is,  a good walk close to nature is a priority, and so gear up for short trips to either woodlands or seaside, while husband takes responsibility to go behind the wheels, it down to me for the delicious food to take away with us. I arrange our food box according to weather, if the days are warmer then fresh salad, fruits and sandwiches will do and in cold temperatures soups, toasted sandwiches or some spicy snacks and flask of masala tea or coffee along with us. Every time I try to prepare something different but healthy and on our last trip to sea side I took jeera rice, moong beans curry and Oats, Quinoa and Methi ( fenugreek ) Muthiya. While son and husband were having fun and enjoying sea, for a while I disappeared to a nearby market for a prop hunting for my blog ;) after I came back we gobbled these healthy and lip smacking delicacies, instead of HOT POTATO CHIPS and SUGAR COATED DONOUGHTS which tempts you !

Dudhi na Muthiya , Methi Muthiya or rice and methi muthiya is a healthy Gujerati dish which can be served as a snack, breakfast, in a lunchbox or brunch with tea, coffee or chutney, kids might enjoy with milkshake or chaas ( buttermilk ). A perfect spicy snack always satisfies any soul ! This time I used couple more nutritious ingredients, which are Oats and Quinoa.



You will need :-
  •  3-4 cup methi ( fenugreek leaves ) cleaned, washed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup wholemeal flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1/2 cup bajri flour ( finger millet flour )
  • 2-3 tbsp. semolina
  • 2-3 tbsp. gram flour
  • 1 tbsp. rice flour
  • 2 tbsp. oil ( moin )
  • Pinch soda bi carb
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp. ginger and green chilli paste
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup sour yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice or amchoor powder
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1-2 red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. ajwain ( carom seeds )
  • 2 tsp. cumin and coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
You will need for vaghar and garnishing :-
  • 3-4 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. hing
  • 2 sprigs curry patta
  • 3-4 dried red chillies
  • 3-4 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp. desiccated coconut
  • Hand full of fresh chopped coriander 


Method :-
First lightly roast oats and quinoa for 3-4 minute.
Let it cool and grind to a coarse flour.
Place rest of the muthiya ingredients in a big bowl.
Mix very well to make a dough, using little water.
Dough should not be too soft.
Apply a little oil on your hands and divide the mixture into 2-3 parts.
Then pressing in your fists into cylindrical shapes and place in a steamer.
Whichever method you prefer. Insert a knife after 20-30 mins and see that it comes out clean, meaning its cooked.
Let it cool a little and slice each roll into thin oval-shaped pieces.
For vaghar heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, after they splutter add rest of the ingredients except coconut and coriander.
After few seconds add cut muthiya pieces and mix gently and sauté them for few minutes or until they get slightly golden brown.
Switch off the heat, garnish it with coconut and coriander.
Enjoy with masala tea ( my favourite combination ) or your choice of dip.








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4 comments:

  1. This is what I call a healthy and tasty looking oats preparation.
    Deepa

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  2. Hi Jagruti,

    I have a celiac friend who would love this and so is there a substitute I can use to make it without wheat ?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Mala

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    1. Hi Mala
      Thank you for visiting. I am sorry, I am not a right person to answer your query as I have no idea about what you can use instead of wheat, but you can Omit wheat flour totally if you like, maybe there will be little taste difference. Hope this helps. All the best x

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