Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Gujarati Series: Undhiyu

I am sure most of you have tried this famous Gujarati recipe known as Undhiyu. This is a medley of vegetables simmered in a spicy green masala sauce.....and is a traditional dish often served at functions and weddings.I haven't given exact measurements here, use according to your tastes and family size. Here is what you will need to do:

Make the Green Masala paste by blending jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, and ginger together. Set aside.
Get all the Veggies ready: I used small eggplants, red potatoes, Frozen vaal-papdi (use fresh if available),Green Beans-cut in the French style (diagonally), frozen tuver beans, green peas, tomatoes, surati lilva ( again, frozen). You can also use yams, sweet potatoes,and green bananas if you like. I didn't use them this time. Alternatively, you can use the frozen Undhiyu mix that is available at any Indian grocery stores. That will work too.

Make the Muthiyas (dumplings)- Combine some semolina,besan flour, wheat flour, coriander, Methi leaves, salt, ajwain, a pinch of sugar and make a stiff dough. Pinch off little dumplings from this dough and deep fry it. Set aside to cool.

Make the filling for the eggplants: Combine Dhania-Jeera powder, salt, red chili powder,a pinch of sugar and garam masala together. Make a slit in the eggplant and stuff each slit with this mixture. If you have any leftover mixture left, sprinkle this all over the potatoes. See picture.
Steam the eggplants in the Microwave for about 5-6 minutes to make them soft.
In a deep pot, heat some oil. Add some ajwain seeds and asafoetida (hing). Now the important thing here is to layer the vegetables. First, add the tuver lilva beans,surati beans and the French cut beans. Let them cook for 5 minutes. Now add the eggplants and potatoes. Cover the pot and let this cook for 5 more minutes. Now add the Green Masala paste that you had made before and stir well. Add the Muthiyas. Add a little water. Now, add the rest of the ingredients. Give the mixture another good stir and add the following: some salt,some sugar, lemon juice, two cloves of grated garlic and a pinch of garam masala. Cover the pot and let this cook until all the veggies and Muthiyas are soft.








Garnish with coriander.
Serve hot..... Puris and Shrikhand go very well with this. Here is another look at the Undhiyu. Enjoy Folks.

25 comments:

Sri said...

wow the recipe is here...the pic looks perfect..I am taking that plate of undhiyu with me...Thanks Trupti

USHA said...

Receipe looks rich, i liked the combination of veggies too.

Presentation is good,Thanks for sharing.

swapna said...

hi trupti
looking different..thanks for sharing..

@ said...

nice!
have to try it this weekend...

thanks for starting this series, very informative abt Guj cuisine..

Just for fun said...

very nice presentation. Thanks for sharing.

Manasi said...

AWESOME!!!! i love undiyu!! had it for a must have veg in my wedding menu!! everyone declared it as divine!! i ate only that in my wedding lunch!!!! ohhh... mouth watering!!!!!!!!!!!

Shilpa said...

Hi Trupti, with food like yours, why isn't everyone vegetarian?? :) This dish reminds me of a Moroccan warm salad I sometimes make, called Zaalouk.. the list of spices is shorter than yours, though! :)

NZ said...

it looks soooo yummmmmm !! Thanks for sharing it Trupti but is there a short-cut for making this ?? I dont even have any gujju friends here otherwise I would have invited myself to their house for this famous dish :-(

And I have one more question - that dhania-jeera powder is not available here. YOu said that I could mix equal quatities of both but do I have to roast them first before grinding or just mix the raw ones that we get in the spice section of Indian stores. Pls tell me, cos I am not getting the authentic taste without it :-(

Vani said...

I love, love, LOVE undhiyu and can eat it anytime! I have tried it with the frozen undhiyu vegetables that u get in Indian stores. It has the muthiya in it too! But it never tasted as good as when my aunt made it fresh or when I have it in a restaurant. I will definitely try your recipe, T! Thank you for sharing. The picture looks awesome!

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hmm trupti cant wait to taste it.It looks perfect dear.Really a nice one.Thanks for sharing

Coffee said...

AAHHHH!!!!! The ultimate comfort food. :)

I told my mom to keep the ingredients so that she can make when I go this time!!!!! And where there is undhyu, I dont eat puri or rotli or anyhting with just..... just undhyu!!!! WAH!!!! BLISS!!!!! Modha ma pani avi gayu :)

Sandeepa said...

Looks so great Trupti, all that colourful veggies, wow great going. Have never had it but heard about this dish. I think I saw it in Coffees blog too, correct me if I am wrong

Jaya said...

Dear Trupti,
Lovely array of colourful veges and spice , it looks so delicious.
hugs and smiles
Jaya

HAREKRISHNAJI said...

Utterly Buttely Delicious. Temptation is irrestable. Somebody should invent some sort of Trasformation Machine or something of a kind. Is it possible for you to send all of us small quantity of undhiyu to taste ?

Inspite of being Maharashtrian, during winter season ,we do cook undhiyu at home several times. Only hitch is it takes lots of oil. I believe back in Gujarat, people cook undhiyu in earthen pots on bonfire.

sra said...

Fate is when undhiyu recipes hit you everywhere but you get to eat none anywhere, not even in Gujarati restaurants! Sigh! Your post is awesome, Trupti!

Asha said...

Hi Trupti,my blog roll just showed this to me and looks like I am the last one to comment!Man!!
Actually,I was thinking of Undhiyu you promised yesterday.I have Gujarati books with the recipe but never made it bcos you need so many veggies but I love the Muthias and all that veggies in there.Looks divine.I got try atleast once!Thanks T!!Hugs!!

Jyothsna said...

Hugs for the undhiyu recipe!! I love this dish! Our friend's mother recently cooked this for us with puris and shrikhand. With all those gorgeous veggies, expertise and love going into it, it was divine!

ServesYouRight said...

(Sob) just died and went to heaven!!! Undhiyo is one of those mysterious things that has completely eluded me. I cannot tell you how many frozen/canned versions I've tried in search of the 'real deal'! Thank you! Will certainly try this one :-D

Smita

Seema said...

Trupti,
Looks perfect for me. Love the colour of the dish.I have never tried this before will try it soon Trupti. Just a quick concern.what is vaal-papdi?

Dilip said...

Great Undhiyu Truptiben...fantastic dish and one of my fav..not easy to make if not carefull...veggies can get all mussy,,and spoil the taste, yours looks great....thanks for sharing...take care ben

Linda said...

Trupti, it looks fantastic! I have to try this!!!

Nidhi said...

The platter looks rich and full of different flavors. Surprisingly its not very difficult to make, right? Great Gujrati recipe, Trupti!
Cheers, Nidhi.

mommyof2 said...

do you put same quantity suji,besan & flour for dumplings?

Prema Sundar said...

Hi Trupti,
Haven't tasted Undhiyu... But Iam really attracted towards ur presentation..Iam going to try it out soon.

Saju said...

that looks so yum! I can't wait to try it.
saj

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