We are very fortunate to live in a country where there are distinct seasons and each season brings with it a delectable variety of vegetables. Seasonals vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals. Thus, we see a difference in the dishes prepared during summer and winter.

In Gujarat, Undhiyu is a much loved dish. It is basically a casserole made with seasonal vegetables such as fenugreek leaves, eggplants, tender peas, yam, dhokli muthiya(dumplings made of besan and fenugreek leaves), potatoes, unripe bananas, broad beans, lilva beans(green field beans) and tuvar daana.

Traditionally, this dish is cooked in an earthen pot known as ‘matlu’. The dish, its ingredients and the method of preparation undergoes change as we move across the state. The three popular ways to prepare Undhiyu are as follows:

  • Surti Style: Here, some of the vegetables like unripe bananas, eggplant are either stuffed with a mixture of coconut and peanut or this mixture is added in the gravy. Also, red lentils are added to the sauce. The sauce is not very spicy.
  • Kathiawadi Style: This variation doesn’t have stuffed vegetables. It is marked by usage of many spices and the sauce is also hot.
  • Matla Style: In this variation, which is very popular in south parts of the sate, the vegetables are steam-cooked in an earthern pot known as Matla.

This dish is very popular during winter festivals such as Uttarayan and special occasions such as weddings and parties. It is a very versatile dish as it can be had with puri, parantha and rice.

If you can’t wait have a burst of flavours with this Gujarati delicacy, we have the perfect list of outlets for you to try:

(8/10, Vitalbhai Patel Road, CP Tank, Bhuleshwar, Girgaum, Mumbai)

Not without reason is this place the numero uno joint for Undhiyu. It is particularly known for its Surti Undhiyu. It is a perfect blend of sweet, spicy, soft and crunch.

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(3/01, Bhuleshwar Corner, Opposite Cotton Exchange, Kalbadevi, Mumbai)

As the name suggests, this place is known for its utterly delectable Surat-originated food. However, the patrons swear by its Surti variation of the Undhiyu.

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(330, Raja Rammohan Roy Road, Opposite Charni Road Station, Charni Road, Mumbai)

Although this is primarily a thali restaurant, the variety of Undhiyu served here is mind- boggling. They serve Jain Undhiyu are Surti Undhiyu are highly recommended.

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Next time you are in a mood to try something different, apart from the famous Gujarati snacks, try Undhiyu. With so many variations available, you’ll surely love it.

 

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