Freshly squeezed lemon juiceas needed before serving
Green Masala Ingredients that need to be coarsely grounded –
4Thai green chiliesor adjust to your spice level
1cuptightly packed Cilantro leavesi.e coriander
¼cuppeanutsskinless roasted preferred
½cupdesiccated coconutunsweetened OR fresh OR frozen coconut
For making Muthiya
Mix all ingredients called to make muthiyas.
Slowly add in water to knead a soft sticky dough.
Now rub some oil on your palms and make lime size round dumplings.
Flatten dumplings a bit if cooking in in a appe pan.
For cooking muthiyas in PANIYRAM PAN (appe/ aebleskiever pan) (Oil free)
Heat the appe pan on medium heat.
Lightly grease each cavity of the appe pan.
Lower the temperature and cook the muthiyas covered flipping them half way.
Cook around 3-4 minutes each side or until golden brown.
For deep-frying method -
You my choose to deep fry the muthiyas on low medium heat until evenly golden brown.
Once done place them on an absorbent paper until used.
For making Green Masala -
In a food processor/ mixer or blender, grind the ingredients that need to be coarsely grounded.
Preparing vegetables for making Undhiyu
Cut baby potatoes into half or medium size potatoes into quarters.
Cut baby eggplants into half.
Wash, peel and cut plantain & sweet potatoes into approx. 1” cubes.
If using fresh Surti papdi or val papdi then wash them , remove the string from the ends and keep ready.
Pressure cooking Undhiyu in an Instant Pot-
Heat Instant Pot on Saute mode.
Add in oil.
Once warm add in hing, cumin , onion.
Sautee onions for 2 minutes.
Add in ginger garlic pate and saute for few seconds.
Now add in potatoes , sweet potatoes, plantain , green peas, lilva/ edamame
Add all the masala under “ Additional spices “ and half cup water.
Layer it with cilantro, fenugreek leaves and Surti papdi , Val papdi.
Add in coarsely grounded masala that we made.
Give it a good mix.
Now top it with muthiyas but DO NOT STIR.
Cancel Saute mode.
First option -
Press Manual LOW 5 minutes knob turned on SEALING position.
After the Instant Pot beeps, immediately perform a Quick Release by turning the knob to VENTING.
Once the silver pin drops down carefully open the pot and stir well.
Or second option you can do -
MANUAL HIGH 3 minutes. Natural Pressure release.
Check if the potatoes are done and give a taste test.
Serve hot with roti or puri.
Refer to FAQ's and solutions mentioned above in the post.You can make Undhiyu with frozen Undhiyu Vegetable mix found in “frozen vegetables section” at Indian stores or with a combination of fresh and frozen vegetables.For large parties and potluck you can increase the recipe with same cooking time.Possible Substitutions - If you do not have an Indian store around or vegetables are not in season then
Substitute Val papdi and Surti Papdi with snow peas.
Sub tuvar lilva ( Pigeon peas ) with edamame.
Substitute fenugreek leaves with 2 tablespoons dried kasoori methi in muthiyas. and skip methi leaves totally in the curry.
Add purple yam ( ratalu) to the curry if available fresh or frozen otherwise substitute it with sweet potato.
What to serve with Undhiyu?Undhiyu is served with Pooris and a side of Srikhand on festival & special occasions. For regular meals I prefer Undhiyu with Bajra rotla that make the complete meal Gluten-free or with simple rotis OR Methi theplas and chilled chaas ( buttermilk).Can you freeze Undhiyu?Yes , Undhiyu freezes well. It is a great make ahead of time dish for parties & potluck. Place it in air tight freezer friendly container and freeze up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge or over the counter or defrost in a microwave. Once thawed do not re freeze.Expert Tip-
As Undhiyu freezes well, it is a great make ahead of time dish for parties & potluck.
To save time you can prepare muthiyas , green masala for Undhiyu up to 2 days ahead of time. CStore it in the fridge.
Use pre-cut frozen vegetable packets and frozen muthiyas to cater a large crowd.
How to make Undhiyu in a stove top pressure cooker ?
Follow the recipe and instructions above for layering. Cook for 2 whistles on medium heat (Not high) . Let the pressure release naturally before opening the cooker lid.