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Methi muthia in roasted baingan and boiled Lilva .
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Muthia Ringan Tuvar Nu Shaak

A delicous Gujarathi recipe using eggplant, fresh pigeon peas and muthia.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Brunch, Dinner, Festival Cooking
Cuisine: Gujarati, Indian
Keyword: Aubergine Recipes, Eggplant Recipes, Lilva, methi muthia, Muthia, pigeon peas, Turi che shenga
Servings: 4 people
Author: ArchanaPotdar


For the methi muthia :

  • 1 cup besan/ chana/ chickpea flour
  • 2 cups fresh methi/fenugreek leaves chopped fine
  • 4 tbsp rava/suji/ semolina
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp haldi/turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dhania-jeera powder
  • ¼ tsp ajwain/ carom seeds
  • ½ tsp dhania/coriander seeds coarsely crushed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp plain curd/yogurt
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste
  • oil to deep fry

For the curry (shaak, sabji):

  • 1 eggplant/baigan/ringan/aubergine)
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ¼ tsp hing/asafoetida
  • 1 cup boiled fresh tuvar/ pigeon peas
  • ¼ tsp methi seeds
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-1½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dhania-jeera powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp jaggery
  • ½ cup water
  • 2-3 tbsp coriander leaves chopped


To Make The Muthia:

  • Mix besan, fresh methi, rava, baking soda, sugar, salt, 3 tbsp oil, haldi, red chilli powder, dhania-jeera powder, ajwain, dhania, lemon juice, yoghurt, ginger paste, green chilli paste in a bowl. Use very little water and keep the dough stiff.
  • Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes.
  • Towards the end of 30 minutes heat the oil for deep frying in a Kadhai/wok.
  • Meanwhile, grease your palm with oil and make small balls of the dough. You can make oval balls or make clump it like ball with your fist. Repeat with all the dough.
  • Test the heat of the oil by adding a small ball of the dough. Your dough should sizzle and come up immediately.
  • On low flame slip a few dough balls in. Take care, as the oil is hot.
  • Fry them till golden brown on all sides on medium flame.
  • Fry all the muthia balls and set aside.

To make the shaak:

  • To the eggplant/brinjal make deep slits and roast it over the open flame. You can also roast it in the oven for that cut the brinjal in 2 pieces, brush oil over the surface exposed and bake in the oven @180 C/350F for 20-30 minutes. While at it please note that baking/roasting time will depend on the size of the eggplant. Bigger the eggplant longer it will take.
  • Once you have roasted the eggplant cool it and peel the skin off and mash it.
  • This is a kadhai/wok this is what I generally prefer to use.
  • So heat the oil in the pan and once the oil is hot add the methi seeds. Let the methi seeds sizzle but do not let them blacken as you dish will become bitter and nothing can fix it.
  • Immediately, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. These will splutter.
  • Add garlic paste and sauté for the raw smell to go away then add the ginger and chili paste and stir.
  • Next, Add hing, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhania-jeera powder and mix well.
  • In this delicious aromatic mix add the mashed eggplant, boiled tuvar, salt, jaggery. Mix well and add some water, say about 1/2 cup.
  • Simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  • When ready to serve heat the gravy add 12-14 muthias and garam masala.
  • Mix well gently, cover and let the curry rest for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve with rotis or rice.


  • The remaining muthia store in the freezer to make the same recipe yet again.
  • In case you run out of tuvar dana use other seeds like fresh corn, peas, black-eyed peas.
  • Make muthia tomato curry.
  • None of the above? Enjoy muthia with some chutney.
  • To make the gravy gluten free use maize flour or Makkai ka atta,
  • To make a vegan version use water and more lemon juice. This is assuming like me you cannot get vegan curds.