Originally, all ingredients were placed in an earthen pot which was sealed and then buried upside down in the ground and fired from above. “Undhu” means upside down in the Gujarati language and hence the name of the dish “Undhiyu”. However, these days it is simply cooked on a stove-top, mainly using a pressure cooker.
PS: I’m sharing this recipe as many people have requested me to do so. I’ll update the post with a photo as soon as I find time to cook it again and take a picture:) Till then, hope you enjoy the recipe!
Serves about 4 people
100 gms. surti papdi, stringed, whole
100 gms. raw banana chunks unpeeled
100 gms. yam chunks (kand) peeled
100 gms. sweet potato chunks
100 gms. small brinjals – slit into two
4-5 green chillies crushed
1 tsp. ginger grated
1/2 tsp. garlic crushed
1 tbsp. coriander leaves finely chopped
1 tsp. wheat flour
4 tbsp. oil
1/4 tsp. asafoetida
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. ajwain
salt to taste
1/2 tbsp. sugar
lemon to taste
100 gms. methi leaves finely chopped
1/2 cup gram flour (besan)
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1 tbsp. fresh ground coconut
salt to taste
1 tbsp. oil
Mix all the ingredients for Muthiya & make stiff dough. Form into small oval, dumplings. Heat about 1/4 th cup oil, and saute the muthias for about 2 minutes. Remove from oil and keep aside.
Form a paste of green chilli, ginger, garlic and coriander. Rub the chunky veggies(yam, raw banana, sweet potato & brinjals) with oil and chilli-masala paste. Marinate for about 30 minutes.
Heat 4 tbsp oil, then add all the chunky vegetables and stir well. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the papdi, turmeric, gram-flour, ajwain and salt. Cover and cook on low flame till all the vegetables are almost done.
Add coriander, lemon, and sprinkle some water if required. Add sugar according to taste and mix well. Cover with a lid and let it cook for another 8-10 mins, until all veggies are cooked and the spices are blended well.
Sprinkle some Sev on the top, if you wish, and serve hot with Chapatis.