Sunday, September 25, 2016

Undhiyu Pulao

Blogging Marathon #68 Week 4 Day 6
Theme: Rice Dishes
Dish: Undhiyu Pulao

Today is the last day of this week's Cooking Carnival. After hopping from one cuisine to another, I am finally posting a Gujarati recipe. Undhiyu as most of you would know is the most loved Gujarati dish. Though it takes forever to make it, the end result makes it all worth it! A wonderful combination of fried dumplings (muthiya), seasonal green vegetables, root vegetables and lots of garlic and cilantro; we generally make truck loads of this dish and enjoy it over a couple of days. 

While the natural accompaniment with undhiyu is either puris or roti, basmati rice and undhiyu taste really good too. Generally the two are served separately, but I remember having a combined version at one of the Gujarati weddings (yes, every wedding in winter HAS to have Undhiyu on their menu!). I loved that version of combining rice and undhiyu in clay kulhads and steaming them just enough to heat them. 

Since then, the first day I make undhiyu we enjoy it the traditional way; shrikhand, roti and the vegetable itself. On the next day, undhiyu is converted to the rice dish and served in kulhads. I have seen matka biryani, chole and rice in kulhads and this seems like a Gujarati's take on those dishes. While I used matkis to make it, one can easily use ramekins to make them. Steaming them is an easy way to go about the recipe, but baking them is an alternative if you have to make a bulk. The dish is best enjoyed straight out of the steamer or oven. Hope you enjoy this recipe and yes, come back on Monday for the last category in our month long Cooking Carnival. 


Undhiyu 1 cup
Basmati Rice 1 cup
Cilantro to top


Keep the undhiyu ready as per this recipe. I like to prepare it a day in advance so the flavors blend really well.

On the day when you are making the pulao, pressure cook one cup of basmati rice till almost done. Do not make it very mushy. Fluff with fork and set aside.

Heat water in a pressure cooker or large pan. Place a steamer and keep ready. To assemble the pulao, use any small size bowls or glasses or kulhads. Add a layer of rice, then a layer of undhiyu. Repeat depending on the size of the container. Once it is almost full, place the containers on the steamer and cover. Steam for 8-10 minutes and remove. Serve immediately. Alternatively, the layers can be made in an oven proof ramekins and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 F/ 180 C.


  1. I once tried undhiyu couple of years ago and it was a flop show. It is a lengthy process and was very disappointed. Obviously something went wrong. I do want to try it again and serving with rice in matka is inspiring me to try it sooner than later..

  2. Undhiyu Pulao looks absolutely irresistible and excellent to give a try. Inviting dish.

  3. Very new dish to me. But looks very appetizing. Beautiful presentation as well.

  4. I am yet to try undhiyu. But when I try, I will make this rice too. It looks great..

  5. I love undhiyoo with almost anything ! this is an interesting pulav there :)

  6. Very unique!..inspite of living in Gujarat for more than 35 years I have never heard of this ..will wait for the season to make this..very interesting and lovely clicks.

  7. very interesting. I love undhiyu and always try it with the frozen pack veggies. Love those traditional ware. ;-)

  8. Wow, that looks like one amazing rice using a layered biryani cooking style.

  9. Very interesting pulao,looks amazing and a very innovative idea..

  10. Ah I got to taste the traditional dish when we visited gujarat..this one with rice sounds like a great idea...Enjoyed all your rice dishes Smurti..what a fantastic week of rice dishes!

  11. I once made ondhiyu and loved the flavors of it. Pulao with undhiyu looks yummy.

  12. Smruthi, I loved oondhiyu when I made it for the last mega marathon. This rice with leftover looks absolutely delicious. With the weather turning chilly again, I'm definitely going to be making this soon.