Cabbage Muthiya.A healthy, Gujarati snack.


I really enjoy eating Gujarati cuisine. It is so different from our usual Punjabi food, simple, sweet, flavorful and so delicious. Most of their dishes are steamed vegetables or flour that are then tempered to enhance taste. Some of my favorite dishes include Thepla, Daal Dhokli, Handvo, Dhokla, Khandavi and of course Muthiya. Today I am making some healthy and delicious Muthiya but with a twist. 😉

Muthiya gets its name from the action of “gripping the flour” in your hand (or Muthi, as called in hindi). It is traditionally made with chick pea flour (Besan) and fenugreek leaves (methi) flavored with spices and finally steamed. This is then either tempered or fried, as preferred. The steamed version really appeals to me as its a pretty healthy snack and so flavorful. You can also make this ahead of time and temper it right before serving. Such an easy and healthy snack item.

I have always had Muthiya with Methi but when I came across this recipe of Cabbage Muthia at Spusht, I was impressed. It looked delicious, healthy and was using cabbage. I can hardly find any uses for cabbage other than the boring sabji we make (Or koftas, salad, cole slaw etc.) And when I finally tried it, it was delicious. I could hardly tell, it had cabbage and the taste was so good. Thank you Nisha Sarda for this amazing recipe. I loved it and will surely make it again. Do check out her blog guys, she is an amazing cook and a great photographer too – Spusht.


Here is the recipe for Cabbage Muthiya 


To make Muthiya:

Grated Cabbage – 2 cups

Chick pea flour – 1/4 cup

Whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup

Semolina or sooji – 1/4 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tbsp.

Oil – 1 tbsp.

Cilantro – 1 tbsp, chopped

Mint – 1 tbsp., chopped

Ginger – 1 tsp, grated

Baking Soda – a fat pinch

Salt – to taste

Sugar – 1 tsp

Red chilly podwer or chopped green chilies – to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Water – as needed

For Tempering:

Oil – 1 Tsp

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Sesame seeds – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – about 5, crushed

Green chilies – slit, optional

Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp

For garnish – Chopped Cilantro, grated coconut


  1. Mix all the ingredients listed under Muthiya except the soda and leave it aside for about 10 minutes. The cabbage releases some water which should be good enough to bind it all together. You can add more water if needed. Add the baking soda. Conversely, If the mixture becomes too watery you can add more flour till it all comes together as a soft dough. You should be able to give it a log shape when you grip the mixture between your hands. That’s when you know its done.
  2. Get your steamer ready with some hot water. Coat your hands with some oil and pick up little balls of the mixture and shape them into logs. You can also use an instant pot for steaming.
  3. Steam for about 20 minutes on medium heat. Check with a toothpick to make sure its cooked from inside.
  4. Let them cool for a few minutes before tempering. You can also let them cool completely and keep it in the fridge in a zip lock bag or air tight container and temper them when you are ready to eat.
  5. For the tempering, heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add the sesame seeds and the curry leaves and also the green chilies, if using. Let them cook for a few seconds and add in the sliced Muthiya. The size and shape of the muthia is totally as per your preference.
  6. Cook the Muthiya for a minute or two till all the tempering is well coated and you see a pretty golden color. Drizzle some lemon juice on top, mix well and switch off the gas.
  7. Finely garnish with chopped cilantro and/or grated coconut and enjoy your delicious and healthy snack.


So thanks again Nisha for this recipe. I will surely be making it again, May be with Kale this time. 🙂

Some other options would be raddish, bottle gourd, or spinach Muthiya.


Thanks so much for reading. I hope you will try this and let me know if you liked it.

See you again soon.


Ritu 🙂

41 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks delicious! Had muthia a couple of times from my classmates lunchbox 😀 but never attempted to try ! With cabbage sounds good ! Bookmarking this 🙂

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    1. You are the sweetest. Glad you liked it. Thanks a ton for stopping by.

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    2. Hardik shah says:

      You can also try muthiya made from grated gourd(dudhi or lauki). Also, instead of steamer or idli stand u can use oven in which we prepare handva.

      And atlast sprinkle some sugar after it is tempered. You can have it with green chutney, pickle or ketchup.

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      1. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Your Muthiah look so light and the cabbage is a great idea. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad you liked it.

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  3. This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this.



  4. N says:

    Thank you. this came out very good for me.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I am so glad to hear that. Thanks for the feedback.


  5. Pankti says:

    I came across your blog few days back through Brown Mommies group for ‘Avacado Kababs’ which I am definitely going to make for my 10 months old. I am happy that I found your blog as I love your recipes. Being a gujju I am glad to know you love Muthiya as it’s not so common food(I mean you don’t get that in restaurants or frozen). I make Muthiya with all kind of veggies like Lauki, Carrots, spinach. My family likes dense Muthiya so I make it with leftover rice as well.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Pankti. So glad you liked my recipes. And I absolutely love muthiya. Thanks for the suggestion. I will try out with rice.


  6. swati says:

    hi..can we make it without wheat flour?

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    1. Yes. Absolutely. Just substitute with your choice of flour. Or increase the quality of besan. Hope that helps.


  7. Khushboo says:

    Good one 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for stopping by.


  8. M. L. Kappa says:

    I really must cook Indian food more often – I love it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Glad to hear that. Thanks so much


  9. Alok Singhal says:

    Something new to try out sometime, though i love Punjabi food 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks. My love for food is divided between the two cuisines.

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  10. meenadeem says:

    I love Gujarati food too..since many friends are Gujaratis. I love Muthia..I shall try your version this time..thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Pleasure is all mine. Let me know if you like it. Thanks for stopping by


  11. sushila, says:

    Looks very delicious and tempting! I will definitely try.Thanks for the lovely recipe.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Pleasure is all mine. Do let me know if you like it. Thanks


  12. Mamtha says:

    Made it and just loved it. Thanks .

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I am so glad to hear that. Thanks for the feedback


  13. Lakshmi says:

    I just tried this cabbage muthiya. It is yummy. This is the first time I heard this name, even though it came out well. Thanks for posting the healthy and delicious snack.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks so much for the feedback. I am so glad you liked it.


  14. Fatema talawala says:

    I will really try this reciepe bcoz i love gujrati food very much

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks. Let me know if you like it.


  15. Very nice
    I made it
    So easy to prepare

    Liked by 1 person

    1. So glad you liked it. Thanks for the feedback


  16. Lavanya says:

    Very healthy recipe…I will definitely try this.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks. Do let me know if you like it.


  17. arniker hamsa says:

    God Willing I shall cook your MUTHYA for my GRANDCHILDREN. Thank you madam.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks. I hope you will like it


  18. indira kalyankar says:

    Very good and healthy recipie I llmake in evening today

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I am glad you liked it. Thanks


  19. meena anada says:

    What can you substitute for wheat flour and sooji. My daughter in law is allergic to gluten. Please advise. Thanks in advance.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Meena. You can make this entirely with besan or use a mix of Jowar flour and besan. Hope that helps.


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