Radish Muthia / Mooli nu Muthia

Radish Muthia / Mooli nu Muthia – Steamed snacks from the Gujarati Cuisine that combines gluten free flours Jowar and Besan together with loads of Radish to give that perfectly soft, delicious and low oil snack option.

Radish Muthia / Mooli nu Muthia

Radish Muthiyas

So you all know by now, that I am a bit skeptical when it comes to deep frying and hence the blog doesn’t feature a lot of snacks like pakoras etc. Not that I don’t enjoy it, I restrict making them since we are just the two of us and both being foodies, we do tend to get a little crazy when good food is around. No temptation means no binging hence I restrict it to only guests visiting home and frankly these days everyone is health conscious and are happy to have my appe pan versions and pan fried tikkis etc over the deep fried ones.

However, during Monsoons I really give in to the temptation of frying bhajiyas. Mind you, my kanda bhajiyas (onion fritters) are out of this world and my husband goes crazy when they are being fried at home. I am waiting for monsoon to arrive, some kgs to reduce and I will have a plate of bhajiyas and adrak chai to celebrate the happy moments soon. PS – Not sure about the weight loss, but very positive about frying bhajiyas.

Until then, I will be happy with my share of healthy non fried snacks that are good for health and low on guilt. If you recall, during the month of March, our FB Group had planned dishes pertaining to Gujarati cuisine and I had made Dakor Na Gota which was appreciated both at home and in the group as well, more so since it was a non-fried version. It was Tarla Dalalji’s recipe and was a huge hit. While searching for the Gujarati snacks recipes, I found this particular recipe, again from her website, that caught my attention due to the healthy ingredients involved and while the gotas were being cooked in the appe pan, these Muthias were getting steamed on the side. I am a big fan of steamed snacks, be it the recent Brown Rice Arisi Pidi Kozhukattai or the Idlis or the Patra, I love them all as they are flavourful and makes you realise that everything good about snacks need not be bathed in oil.

The soft Jowar (Sorghum) flour along with besan or gram flour combined with spices and a generous dose of tempering after they are steamed, gives that perfect guilt free snack option during tea time or this could be even made as a breakfast option (just like we did). With just few pieces, they make an incredibly filling snack option too. Also, best way to sneak moolis or radish for kids and trust me, you don’t even notice them once they are steamed and soft. I understand Mooli or Radish is a primarily a winter produce but since Mumbai markets have everything available all year round, I enjoy it.

Since its summers and I am resorting to quick meals and snacks than the elaborate dal, rice and roti combinations, this is my way of sneaking the good stuff like Jowar into the snack and enjoying its health benefits with low oil.

Go ahead, read the recipe (with step by step pics) which is adapted from here with few changes as per our tastes and preferences. Make a batch and remember my words, Snacks need not be deep fried! (with the exception of Monsoon season) .. haha .. Go ahead and check out the recipe below!

Prep Time – 15 to 20 mins

Cook Time – 20 mins  + Cooling time 10 mins

I have used 1 cup = 250 ml measurement used for Baking purpose and it yielded me 25 + Muthiya pieces


  1. 1 cup Jowar Flour (Sorghum)
  2. ½ cup Besan or Gram Flour
  3. 5 cups of Grated Radish or Mooli
  4. ½ cup finely chopped coriander leaves
  5. 2 tblsp thick curd
  6. ½ tsp lemon juice
  7. 2 tblsp coriander seeds or dhania
  8. 5 tblsp of ginger and green chilli paste
  9. 1 tsp of garlic paste
  10. ¼ tsp Turmeric powder
  11. ½ tsp baking soda
  12. Salt as per taste
  13. Water – Few tblsp for kneading
  14. ½ tsp oil for greasing the steamer plates

For Tempering

    1. 1 tblsp sesame seeds
    2. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  1. 1/2 tsp Jeera or cumin seeds
  2. 3 to 4 nos. Whole Red chillies
  3. Oil – 1 tblsp
  4. Finely chopped coriander leaves

Method –

  • Boil water for steaming atleast for 10 minutes until then gather the ingredients and prepare the muthiyas.
  • In a large bowl, add the flours, grated radish, salt, dahi, coriander seeds, curd, ginger garlic and green chilli paste, turmeric powder and mix well.
  • Since Radish has a lot of water, the mixture will need just few tblsp to knead into a tight dough capable enough to be steamed.
  • I avoid squeezing out the water from radish as they are full of nutrients and hence I had to use only 2 tblsp water for kneading this dough.
  • Once the steamer is ready, place the muthiyas (log shaped) and allow it to steam for atleast 15 minutes.
  • Once steamed, Switch off the flame and allow it to cool completely before slicing them and adding the tempering.
  • Once the muthiya logs have cooled and sliced, prepare the tempering by heating the oil, adding the sesame, cumin seeds and mustard seeds along with whole red chillies.
  • Now pour the tempering over the muthias, add the finely chopped coriander leaves and give it a good mix.

Recipe Notes –

    • The Original recipe stated only ¾ cup Jowar flour but have increased the proportion of the same according to health benefits.
    • I have also increased the quantity of ginger, garlic, green chilli paste according to our taste and preferences.
    • I have added extra radish to reduce the quantity of water required for kneading. Also, did not squeeze the radish water after grating to retain nutrients.
  • I have used sesame oil for the tempering.

Vidya Narayan

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 45 Comments

  1. Muthias with beautiful ingredients, and I too love steamed dishes as they are healthy and tasty too. Here what I love in this recipe is, the addition of sorghum flour and radish as I never heard muthias with radish😊 totally nice share Vidya ✌

  2. I am required to eat radish but dislike its flavour. This recipe will make it infinitely palatable. And I love Muthia anyway.

    I am with you on freshly made, deep-fried kanda bhajji. Who can resist them?

  3. Good recipe dear. Very healthy as well.

  4. The Radish Muthias look absolutely divine 👌 Wonderful Share Vidya !

  5. This is something I have never tried before.looks wonderful and a great recipe using radish!

  6. If i have to look for healthy recipes your blog is my go to place. I know i keep saying this but never end up actually trying anything which i am regretting. This muthiya us really tempting. Wish I could grab some😚

    1. Ha ha .. when one is constantly trying to lose weight and stay in shape, cooking healthy becomes a top priority, hence blogging such recipes. Do try these muthias, they are super tasty and kids wont even notice the radish smell which is usually a put off. Thanks Avin!

  7. I have to try more recipes like this using radish..the only thing I make using radish is sambar…this looks interesting and yummy

    1. Glad you liked it. Radish is a weekly affair at my place as its a perfect way to detox. Thank you dear.

  8. The muthias have come out so good. I must try this healthy snack.

  9. My mum used to make best Moola Na Muthia, luckily I can create exactly the same too. Perfect with masala chai for breakfast or lunch.

    1. I enjoy all muthia combinations as they are steamed and very light. Thank you so much.

  10. Need to make my family eat more radish…your healthy muthias sound like a great place to make a beginning! Awesome, healthy share dear 🙂

    1. Thank you dear Vanitha and trust me, you wont notice the smell or taste of radish which usually kids detest. Glad you liked it.

  11. I love muthiya- so healthy and so delish! You have inspired me to make it today!

  12. Wow! Super cool muthiyas , loved the way made them without deep frying, a healthy and guilt free snack, will try soon 🙂

  13. VIdya your posts are just mind blowing, each post reminds me of someone very close , the way you present your post and write it, and the recipes you choose to share just made me your fan.These Muthias are my favorite . Loved the healthy version.Thanks for sharing dear.

    1. Thank you for this generous dose of encouragement which will keep me going for longer. Glad you love the healthy snacks and food shared on the blog. Much love Paarul.

  14. Healthy and nutritious diet vidya, that is such an a big decision for food blogger to stay away from deep fried food.. Cheers and thanks for the share dear..

    1. Thank you Suji, it is not very difficult to take a conscious decision to minimize dishes on the blog that use up a lot of oil or are deep fried. I guess going forward, all of us need to focus on health. Glad you appreciate it.

  15. I totally vibe with the holding on to the frying till someone comes home… this is a fabulous option to overcome the deep fried mania. yes, perfect with rains.

    1. Thanks Seema – Overcoming temptations and staying sane with such options is the only way to good health.

  16. Same pinch Vidya. I too used restrict fried food. But now a days I prepare one fried snack for my kids as my friend convinced me that kids body needs it.
    Now coming to this recipe, mugthiya and radish! Rare combination. I am waiting to make it. Let’s see. Lovely colourful healthy food.

    1. Thank you dear and glad you liked it. Fat is good but it depends what source. Ghee is a good source and so is white butter / unsalted butter. Cheers!

  17. Am ready to finish that whole platter rite now, muthias are just inviting me. Quite a healthy and delicious dish.

  18. Completely agree with you on fried food! We also restrict it to special occasions. I’m very inspired by your steamed snacks recipe. I really need to incorporate this healthy method of cooking more into my kitchen routine so that I can enjoy an occasional plate of pakoras with a lighter conscience. 😉 The bhajiyas look delicious and sound very doable! I love mooli ki chutney, mooli palak and mooli stuffed in parathas, I’m sure I’ll love these bhajiyas too. 😊

    1. Thanks dear and glad you enjoyed the recipe with the use of mooli.

  19. Radish muthia with Jowar flour sound so very healthy and flavorful Vidya ! Bookmarking the recipe..thanks for the lovely share !

    1. I loved the addition of Jowar too, makes it even more healthy. Thanks Poonam.

  20. Vidya, jordar muthiya 😀😀😀 amazing .. I am big fan of varieties of muthiya but as other members in family don’t eat, i hardly make. Superb recipe. Looks super soft and yummy

    1. Muthia is steamed and just tossed in oil so either there are huge fans like you and me or some really dont like it at all.. We will focus on ourselves here and enjoy some, shall we? ha ha.. thank you dear and a compliment from Gujju means a lot .

  21. wow thats amazing. muthia with radish. I made with bottle gourd and cabbage but never thought about with radish. Came out so perfect. After mixing how was it? while making lauki muthia lauki left so much water that my mixture was very wet. I kept on adding flour. I am bookmarking it I am loving this recipe.

    1. Radish tends to leave a lot more water than Lauki so the trick is to not add any water for binding the dough. Just use the moisture from radish (if you read the recipe notes, I have mentioned this). Another way is to squeeze the excess water from a muslin cloth which I dont recommend due to loss of nutrients. In fact with a gluten free flour like jowar also, the muthias stayed in shape and were delicious so I bet it would be manageable for you as well dear. Do try again! Thanks much.

  22. do u have rating on the posts? I am unable to see.

  23. These muthiyas are really tempting vidya !!! LOve the use of radish here. Super tempting and healthy snacks to grab any time 🙂 The use of jowar flour is bit unique here too dearie

    1. Thank you and glad you liked it. I love working with Jowar and Ragi a lot, they are extremely filling with small portions.

  24. I have never made steamed muthia but seeing them everywhere on the blogosphere I guess I should try making some. Mooli is my fav in paratha and I am sure will taste nice in muthias too.

    1. You should definitely! thank you Sapana, hope you enjoying making and eating them.

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