Thursday, January 22, 2009


When I got married, there were a few Gujarati specialities that were high on the agenda to learn. Undhiu, being just one of them. If we deconstruct the recipe, its just mixed vegetables. But the kind of vegetables, all the spices that go into it and the fried meethi muthias (fenugreek dumplings) makes the dish a delicacy straight from the heart of Gujarat.
This is a festive dish usually made during special occasions and is served with a variety of other items like Khaman Dholka, puri, kadi,pulao etc. I must say the Gujarati thali (or platter),is one attractive and colourful thali.

I had made this dish a couple of times, following a few recipe books. But I actually saw all the real stuff when my mother in law had come visiting me. I learnt some good traditional foods from her.

making undhiu is a task, specially because one has to literally gather a lot of different veggies for the dish. That is particularly not exciting, coz you don't get them fresh and buying a frozen packet for each just too much.
So what I do now is buy ready UNDHIO vegetable packets from the Indian grocery store, and then add some more extra veggies (that are more easily available).Well if you are in India, then there are no worries cause you can get all the required veggies.

here is the recipe for this extravagant Gujarati speciality.

You will need

the vegetables
  • yam-1/2 (cubed)
  • raw banana- 1 (cubed)
  • potatoes-2-3 (cubed)
  • small eggplants-3-4 (slit length wise)
  • green peas- 1/2 cup
  • french beans-2-3 (cut)
  • tomato-1 (cut)
For the muthias or dumplings
  • methi (fenugreek)- 2 cups (fresh or frozen)
  • besan (gram flour)- 1 cup
  • red chilly powder-1/2 tsp
  • salt- to taste
  • water- to make a paste.
  • oil- to fry
For the stuffing
  • grated coconut- 2 cups
  • ginger and chilly paste- 2 tbsp
  • salt- 1/4th tsp
  • red chilly powder-1/4th tsp
  • jeera dhania powder (cumin and coriander powder)- 2 tsp
  • coriander leaves- 1 tbsp
  • lemon juice-2 tsp
  • sugar-1 tsp
other condiments
  • tej patta(bay leaves)-2
  • whole red chilly- 2
  • whole jeera (cumin seeds)-1/2 tsp
  • garam masala or undhiyo masala- 1 tsp

You will have to
For the muthias
  1. mix the meethi, besan and the spices in a bowl. add water little by little to make a paste. the consistency should be like pakodas consistency. It should not be runny, nor should it be too thick.
  2. Heat the oil. Once the oil has heated through, drop the dumplings into the hot oil and fry till golden brown.
  3. take them out and keep on a paper towel.

the stuffing

  1. mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
the vegetables.
  1. place all the cut vegetables in a nice big bowl.
  2. add the stuffing spice mixture, and mix everything up. Make sure the veggies are well coated with the masala. keel aside.
To make the actual dish
  1. heat a tablespoon of the oil in which the muthias were fried.
  2. add the tej pata and the whole red chilly.
  3. add the jeera and the hing.
  4. once the jeera begins to splutter, add the entire bowl of the veggies (coated with the masala), to the oil.
  5. add some water to the veggie bowl, and swirl it around so that all the extra masala dissolves in the water. add this water to the veggies.
  6. cover and cook on slow heat. this will take at least 10-15 minutes. keep checking.
  7. uncover add the tomatoes, and the undhiyo masala or the garam masala.
  8. Mix everything well. cook uncovered for a few minutes. You might have to add a little water here.
  9. Check if the veggies are cooked, adjust the seasoning.
  10. add little lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves.
  11. serve hot with puri, kadhi and pulao.
A few things: I use the frozen Undhio mix available at any indian grocery store here in the US.
I make fresh dumplings, and add extra peas, potatoes and baby eggplants.
The undhio masala is again available in the indian grocery stores.

I know I should have given a step by step pictorial demo, but alas it did not happen. may be next time.
happy eating


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Cham said...

I have heard a lot about undhia... Yam and so many vege with spices.... I imagine the flavor! Should have tasted delicous!

Usha said...

I just love the Gujarati undhiu, the last time I was in Bombay I had this a lot...but I have never made this from scratch...your recipe is tempting me to try this and very soon and how convenient I think I have most of the veggies at hand too :-)

G.Pavani said...

hi karuna dear, undhiu looking yummy yummy..
as my healthy is not feeling..iam not able see ur blog yaar...these days

Sia said...

i can eat this for bf, lunch and dinner. that's how much i love undhiu.

Trupti said...

undhiyu looks very delicious

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

My favourite. Miss it a lot here

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