Sunday, August 19, 2012

Undhiyo or Gujarati Mixed Vegetables with Chickpea Flour Dumplings

Undhiyo is a Gujarati  mixed vegetable dish with steamed chickpea flour dumplings. This was the first time I made and tried this dish. I had only heard the name before that. My MIL taught me how to make this dish. Long story short - First prepare the dumplings then cook the vegetables and finally mix them together.

Some people like to add Plantain to the dish but I was advised otherwise from my MIL.  The steamed dumplings are often referred to as Muthia and is also consumed as a tea time snack. The dumplings can be made in many ways, one variant is described here.

The dish is cooked in a generous amount of oil and requires a lot of work. But I loved the flavours and the excitement of making something different from the mundane.

Serves 8-10

1. 1 yam, peeled, cubed
2. 1 sweet potato, peeled, cubed
3. 2-3 potatoes, peeled, cubed
4. 1 round eggplant, cubed
5. 2 carrots, peeled, cut in rings
6. Snow peas/Navy beans/Fava Beans (Sem or Surati papdi), de-veined and split, 1 pound
7. 7-8 cloves garlic, shredded/crushed
8. a handful of cilantro, shredded, finely chopped
9. 2-3 green chili, crushed
10. Besan or chickpea flour, 3-4 cups
11. Methi or fenugreek leaves, chopped, appx 2 bunches
12. 2 tsp red chili powder
13. 2 tsp coriander powder
14. Salt to taste
15. 2 tsp turmeric powder
16. Tomatoes, 1, cubed
17. Mustard seeds, 1 tsp
18. Cumin seeds, 1 tsp
19. Garam masala

1. Make a moist dough of ingredients 10-15 with oil. Then add water to make a smooth dough.
2. Make cylindrical balls of the dough and steam. Set aside and cool.
3. Heat a generous amount of oil in a deep bottomed wok or pressure cooker.
4. Add mustard and cumin seeds to the oil and let it crackle.
5. Next add ingredients 7-9 and stir fry for a minute.
6. Now add ingredients 1-6 and some water.
7. Close the lid of the pressure cook and let the vegetables cook.
8.  When the vegetables are cooked, add red chili powder, salt and garam masala.
9. Throw in the steamed dumplings and chopped tomato.
10. Mix well.

Serve with hot Rotis

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Gazar ka Achaar (Carrot Pickle)

This is one thing I've had some many times. I've dreamed of making it and asked many people for the recipe. To each one, their own (recipe). But when it came to taking action, I was a lazy bum. Whenever I would go somewhere for a meal that happened to include this pickle, it just made me happier. It is a crunchy and savory accompaniment to any Indian meal.

Recently, I went to an Aunt's house. She was kind enough to give me an entire jar of this pickle that she had prepared at home. I was on cloud nine. Seeing my love for this pickle, when I came home, my MIL made it for me. Here is her recipe:

1. Carrots, 4-5, peeled and then juilienned
2. Jalapeno peppers, about 2 fist fulls, julienned
3. Oilve oil, 7-10 tbsp
4. Rai or mustard powder, 3-4 tsp
5. Turmeric powder, 2 tsp
6. Salt to taste
7. Sugar, 1 tsp (optional)

1. Wash and pat dry the carrots and jalapeni peppers. Then pat dry.
2. Mix everything together.
3. Leave at room temperature for a couple of days.
4. Store in an air tight jar in the fridge.
It will last for more than a couple of weeks.

Serve as a side with Roti, vegetables, or Rice and lentil soup.

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