Oondhiya ( Pressure Cooker )

Oondhiya, a classic gujarati recipe, of vegetables and fenugreek dumplings cooked in an aromatic blend of spices.

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A classic Gujarati recipe, Oondhiya, with its exciting mix of veggies and spices, has withstood the test of time and become a hot favourite with many generations of Indians across the world.

A colourful combination of vegetables and fenugreek-flavoured dumplings are cooked with an aromatic masala that features coconut, coriander and assorted spice powders. Enjoy this delicacy hot and fresh, with rotis or rice, to make a hearty meal!

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Oondhiya ( Pressure Cooker ) recipe - How to make Oondhiya ( Pressure Cooker )

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings (4serving )
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For The Vegetables
1 1/2 cups surti papadi (fresh vaal) , stringed and cut vertically
1 1/4 cups baby potatoes peeled and cut vertically
5 to 6 brinjals , small black variety
1 1/2 cups purple yam (kand) , peeled and cut into big pieces
1 1/2 cups sweet potato (shakarkand) , peeled and cut into big pieces
1/4 cup surti papdi seeds (fresh vaal seeds)
salt to taste
1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
a pinch of soda bi-carb

For The Methi Muthias
1 1/2 cups finely chopped fenugreek (methi) leaves
1/2 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
2 tbsp whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
3 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
oil for deep frying

To Be Mixed Together Into A Masala
1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
3/4 cup finely chopped coriander (dhania)
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh green garlic (hara lehsun)
salt to taste
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp green chilli paste

Other Ingredients
2 small firm and ripe bananas
2 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
1/4 cup surti papdi seeds (fresh vaal seeds)
salt to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp coriander-cumin seeds powder
1/2 tsp sugar

For The Garnish
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh green garlic (hara lehsun)
For the vegetables

    For the vegetables
  1. Combine the fresh vaal, fresh vaal seeds, carom seeds and soda bi-carb, mix well and keep aside for 30 minutes.

For the methi muthias

    For the methi muthias
  1. Combine all the ingredients along with little water and mix well to make a smooth mixture.
  2. Divide the dough into 10 equal portions and shape each portion into an oval shape by rolling it between your palms and fingers.
  3. Heat the oil in a kadhai and deep-fry muthias a few at a time on a medium flame till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
  4. Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Keep 2 tbsp of the masala aside for stuffing the bananas.
  2. Stuff the brinjals with a little masala, add all the vegetables including the brinjals to the masala, toss well and keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a broad pressure cooker, add the carom seeds and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  4. Add the asafoetida and again sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  5. Add the fresh vaal , masala vegetables and fresh vaal seeds.
  6. Combine ¼ cup of water, salt, turmeric powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder and sugar and mix well.
  7. Pour this masala water over the vegetables and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  8. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  9. Cut each banana into 3 pieces and slit them vertically.
  10. Stuff each banana piece with the remaining masala and keep aside.
  11. Transfer the oondhiya to a broad non-stick kadhai and add the methi muthias and stuffed bananas.
  12. Cover and cook on a slow flame for 10 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  13. Serve hot garnished with fresh green garlic.

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Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy672 cal
Protein11.3 g
Carbohydrates72.9 g
Fiber16.3 g
Fat37.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium87.6 mg

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Oondhiya ( Pressure Cooker )
 on 13 Dec 14 04:08 PM

although a little time consuming, in winter if you do not have oondhiya once then you have missed on a very delicious dish...Most of all I just love the muthias in oondhiya..They give a crunch to the vegetable..The fresh green garlic give it a very distinct flavour...