Surti Undhiyu Recipe (Gujarati Undhiyu)
Surti Undhiyu aka Gujarati Undhiyu, is a winter delicacy. This Surti Undhiyu recipe is very popular in Surat, Gujarat. Surti Undhiyu is a combination of winter veggies and fenugreek dumplings cooked in an aromatic blend of spices. The traditional Undhiyu is a seasonal curry as some of the classic ingredients like Surti papdi, green peas, potatoes, Purple Yam, eggplant and raw banana. The name of this dish comes from the Gujarati word "undhu", which translates to upside down, since the dish is traditionally cooked upside down underground in earthen pots, termed "matlu", which are fired from above.
Recipe type: Sabji & Curry
Cuisine: Indian
For Undhiyu (Veggies)
  • 5-6 Baby Eggplants (Use Green and Purple)
  • 4-5 Potatoes Medium Sized
  • 1 cup Purple Yam (Peeled and Chopped)
  • 1 Raw Banana
  • ¼ cup Fresh/Frozen Green Peas
  • ½ Cup Fresh/Frozen Tuvar/Lilva Beans
  • 1 cup Chopped Surti Papdi
  • 7-8 Fried Methi Muthia
For Green Paste
  • ½ cup Fresh/Frozen Tuvar/Lilva Beans
  • ¼ cup Fresh/Frozen Green Peas
  • ½ cup Grated Fresh Coconut
  • ¼ cup Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 1-inch Ginger Piece
  • 2-3 Green Chilis
  • ¼ cup Roasted Peanuts (opt.)
  • 1-2 tsp Sesame Seeds(opt.)
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt
Other Ingredients
  • Oil for Deep Frying
  • 2 tbsp Oil for Tempering
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt
For Garnishing
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • Grated Fresh Coconut
For Green Paste
  1. Add all green paste ingredients (green peas, fresh lilva beans, grated coconut, green chilis, coriander leaves, ginger, salt and sugar) in a mixer jar, make a coarse paste and keep aside.
  1. Wash and clean the potatoes and baby eggplants, then cross cut (make a cross slit) and keep aside.
  2. Remove skin of the raw banana and cut into small cube size pieces.
  3. Take a kadhai/deep pan and add oil. First deep fry the purple yam and banana pieces till golden brown, then deep fry potatoes and eggplants (do not over fry potatoes and eggplants). Remove the fried ingredients on kitchen paper.
  4. Now stuff the green paste into the fried eggplants and potatoes and keep aside the remaining paste.
  1. Take a big pot or pressure cooker and add 2 tbsp oil. Once hot enough, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and hing.
  2. Then add the chopped surti papdi and sauté it for a few seconds, then place the stuffed potatoes, Methi Muthia, fried purple yam and banana pieces, then add fresh Lilva beans and green peas layer wise.
  3. Now spread the leftover green paste, turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala and salt, then sprinkle ¾ cup of water over it.
  4. Now for the last layer put the stuffed eggplants, then cove the lid and cook it all veggies on medium flame about 10-12 mins.
  5. If you are using a pressure cooker, then just cook it till 2-3 whistle only.
  6. Surti Undhiyu is ready now. Remove the lid, sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves, mix the all cooked veggies gently, garnish it with fresh grated coconut and serve it with puri or paratha along with a lemon wedge and enjoy this winter delicacy.
• In some of part of Gujarat they add green garlic or garlic cloves in making of green paste. You can also add if you like their taste.
• You can skip the frying veggies process and use it as is by just increasing the cooking time.
• You can add other spices and adjust the sugar level as per your taste.
Recipe by Binjal's VEG Kitchen at