Veg handi recipe (Vegetable diwani handi)

Veg handi recipe – steamed, mix vegetables are simmered in creamy, spicy gravy. It is also known as veg diwani handi.

Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

Handi is the type of vessel that is used in India for cooking many dishes. The dishes made in handi are named in that way e.g. veg handi or handi pulao. I do not have such handi to cook in, so here I have used regular pan.

You will find this veg diwani handi in many north indian restaurants’ menu. Here I have tried to replicate it and making this restaurant style veg handi at home.

For mixed vegetables, I have used potato, peas, carrot, green beans, capsicum and corn. Use what you like and what you have. You can other veggies like cauliflower, mushrooms, broccoli, baby corn and so on. You can add paneer or tofu pieces too.

There are lot of ingredients used and some prep work needed like steaming the veggies, making fresh masala and different pastes. But not to worry, I have mentioned what needs to be done first and then what next. Follow the direction to make veg diwani handi and you will be able to finished cooking this dish in one hour.

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1) First roast the spices for fresh masala. Take cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cloves and peppercorns in a small skillet. Turn the heat on low-medium.

2) Dry roast the spices with stirring constantly till you get nice aroma of spices and they are slightly brown in color.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

3) Remove the spices to a plate to stop further roasting and let it cool down.

4) Now take cashew nuts and poppy seeds in a small bowl. Add ¼ cup of warm water and let them soak. Keep it aside for 20 minutes.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

5) Also chop the onion and take into a bowl. Add enough warm water to soak it. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes.

6) Meantime, prepare the veggies. Chop as needed and then prepare the steamer. Take a glassful of water in a steamer pan and bring to a simmer. Add prepared veggies except capsicum into the steamer plate. Cover it and let it steam for 15 minutes. During last 3 minutes add capsicum. Meaning steam the veggies for 12 minutes, then add capsicum, steam for next 3 minutes.

NOTE: I have already boiled corn kernels, so I haven’t added here. You can steam them along with rest of the veggies too.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

7) While veggies are steaming, Let’s do the grinding work. now spices are cooled down. Also onion and nuts are soaking for enough time.

8) Start by dry grinding the spices and make fine powder, remove it to the same plate.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

9) In the same grinder, make cashew nuts and poppy seeds paste. Make sure to make the smooth paste. Since we are using poppy seeds, it will take little extra time to make smooth paste. Remove it to the same bowl.

10) In the same grinder, make onion paste. Drain the onions and add very little water for making smooth paste.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

11) Lastly make tomato puree. Keep it aside.

12) By this time, veggies are also cooked. Check by inserting a knife, it should go in without any effort. Turn off the steamer stove and remove the steamer plate from the steamer and keep it aside.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

13) OK we are half way through making veg diwani handi, Now we will be making gravy. Heat the oil in a pan, kadai or handi on medium heat. Once hot add ginger paste and garlic paste.

14) Saute for 1 minute or till the raw smell of ginger-garlic goes away.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

15) Now add prepared onion paste.

16) Cook till all the moisture is evaporated and it becomes thick paste. Do stir in between and make sure that it is not sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

17) Now mix in tomato puree.

18) Again cook till all the water is gone. Oil may starts to ooze out from the sides.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

19) Now add turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, chopped coriander and mint leaves.

20) Mix well and cook for a minute.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

21) Now lower the heat and add prepared nut paste and whisked yogurt. We are lowering the heat so yogurt will not curdle or separate.

22) Mix well and again crank heat to medium.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

23) Now add prepared ground masala.

24) Again stir well and cook for a minute.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

25) Now add water to make the gravy consistency.

26) Mix well and let it come to a simmer.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

27) Now add steamed veggies.

28) Mix well and let it simmer for 6-7 minutes. Do stir occasionally.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

29) Now add garam masala and kasoori methi. Mix well.

30) Lastly add heavy cream, mix and cook for a minute or two. Then turn off the stove.
Veg handi recipe | How to make vegetable diwani handi

Veg handi is ready to serve. Remove it to a serving bowl. If not serving right away then keep it covered, so it stays warm for some time.

Serving suggestions: Serve this diwali handi with garlic naan, paratha or tandoori roti. It can be served with plain steamed rice or jeera rice too.

Veg diwani handi recipe | How to make vegetable handi, restaurant style

Veg diwani handi recipe | How to make vegetable handi, restaurant style
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Veg Handi Recipe (Veg Diwani Handi Recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)

Course Main Course
Cuisine North Indian, Punjabi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 3 servings
Calories 256 kcal
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

For freshly ground masala:

  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Coriander seeds (sabut dhaniya)
  • ¼ teaspoon Fennel seeds
  • 2 Cloves
  • 3-4 Black peppercorns

For cashew nuts, poppy seeds paste:

  • 2 tablespoons Cashew nuts
  • 1 tablespoons Poppy seeds (khuskhus)
  • ¼ cup Warm water

For onion paste:

  • 1 small or ½ cup Onion chopped roughly
  • Water (Warm) as needed

For steaming vegetables (Total 2 cups):

  • cup Potatoes cut into long strips
  • cup Green beans (French beans) cut into 1 inch long pieces
  • cup Carrot cut into strips
  • cup Green peas
  • cup Capsicum (Green bell pepper) julienned, mix of green and red
  • cup Sweet corn kernels or butte ke dane

For veg diwani handi recipe:

  • 1 large or ½ cup Tomato pureed
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Garlic paste or freshly grated
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Red chili powder
  • Salt - to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Cilantro or coriander leaves chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon Mint leaves chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons Plain yogurt (dahi or curd) whisked
  • 1 cup Water or more or less
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon Kasoori methi (Dried fenugreek leaves) crushed between your palm
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy whipping cream or fresh cream or malai

Instructions

Making freshly ground masala:

  1. Take all the masala spices in a small skillet. Turn the heat on low-medium.
  2. Dry roast the spices with stirring constantly till you get nice aroma of spices and they are slightly brown in color.
  3. Remove the spices to a plate to stop further roasting and let it cool down.

Making two different pastes:

  1. Now take cashew nuts and poppy seeds in a small bowl.
  2. Add ¼ cup of warm water and let them soak. Keep it aside for 20 minutes.
  3. Also chop the onion and take into a bowl.
  4. Add enough warm water to soak it. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes.

Steaming the veggies:

  1. Chop veggies as needed and then prepare the steamer.
  2. Take a glassful of water in a steamer pan and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add prepared veggies except capsicum into the steamer plate.
  4. Cover it and let it steam for 15 minutes. During last 3 minutes add capsicum. Meaning steam the veggies for 12 minutes, then add capsicum, steam for next 3 minutes.
  5. While veggies are steaming, let's do the grinding work.
  6. Start by dry grinding the spices and make fine powder, remove it to the same plate.
  7. In the same grinder, make cashew nuts and poppy seeds paste. Make sure to make the smooth paste. Remove it to a bowl.
  8. In the same grinder, make onion paste.
  9. Drain the onions and add very little water for making smooth paste.
  10. Lastly make tomato puree. Keep it aside.

Making veg handi recipe:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan, kadai or handi on medium heat.
  2. Once hot add ginger paste and garlic paste. Saute for 1 minute.
  3. Now add prepared onion paste. Cook till all the moisture is evaporated and it becomes thick paste. Do stir in between
  4. Now mix in tomato puree. Again cook till all the water is gone. Oil may starts to ooze out from the sides.
  5. Now add turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, chopped coriander and mint leaves. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  6. Now lower the heat and add prepared nut paste and whisked yogurt.
  7. Mix well and again crank heat to medium.
  8. Now add prepared ground masala. Again stir well and cook for a minute.
  9. Now add water to make the gravy consistency. Mix well and let it come to a simmer.
  10. Now add steamed veggies.
  11. Mix well and let it simmer for 6-7 minutes. Do stir occasionally.
  12. Now add garam masala and kasoori methi. Mix well.
  13. Lastly add heavy cream, mix and cook for a minute or two.
  14. Then turn off the stove.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving

Nutrition Facts
Veg Handi Recipe (Veg Diwani Handi Recipe)
Amount Per Serving (282 g)
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 159
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.7g 27%
Saturated Fat 4.4g 22%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 446mg 19%
Potassium 601mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 7.6g
Protein 5.8g 12%
Vitamin A 65%
Vitamin C 72%
Calcium 12%
Iron 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Adapted from – Sanjeev Kapoor’s Chicken handi recipe

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