These cold, dark days of Winter have me craving soups everyday, and while this isn't exactly a soup- it comes pretty close to comfort in a bowl.
This recipe is authentically Gujarati, and a great way to use up leftover khichdis and rice. I had some leftover khichdi last night so I made this for me and the kiddos.
What is it exactly? These are dumplings made of leftover rice and flour cooked in "Chaas". You can't get any rustic than this!
Note:Use these measurements as a guideline, add or omit ingredients to taste:
For Muthiya or Dumplings:
1 cup- leftover rice or khichdi
1/2 cup- Besan or Chickpea flour
1/2 cup- Whole wheat Flour
2 tbsp- Semolina
2 tbsp- ginger-chili paste
methi leaves, grated squash or gourd - (optional) -I left it out
Salt, Sugar, turmeric and chili powder- to taste
2 cups Chaas,- Yogurt thinned down with Water - medium consistency
1 tbsp- Oil,
Mustard Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Curry Leaves, Dried Chilies, and Asafoetida- to temper
Cilantro - to garnish
First, make the dough. Mix the rice with the flours and spices and form a dough, you may or may not need any water at all, mix the rice really well with your hands and add some if needed, but keep the dough as firm as possible.
After you make the dough, make small little dumplings out of it and set aside. See Picture.
Mix some yogurt with water and make a 'Chaas' of a medium consistency after all the dumplings have been made. In a separate pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, dried chilies and the asafoetida. Add the 'Chaas' now and mix well. Add the salt immediately along with the sugar and the turmeric and chili powder. Now add the dumplings one by one. Lower the heat to a medium and let the dumplings cook thoroughly.
Once all the dumplings float to the top, they are ready to eat.
Garnish with some cilantro and eat this piping hot. Enjoy!