Mixed Vegetable Handi | How to make Mixed Vegetable Handi

By Alka Jena  |  25th Sep 2015  |  
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About Mixed Vegetable Handi Recipe

Mixed Vegetable Handi

Ingredients to make Mixed Vegetable Handi

  • 25 - cashew nuts
  • 2 - medium carrot (cut into cubes)
  • 2 - medium potato (cut into cubes)
  • cauliflower florets - 1/2 cup (florets cut in small size)
  • 15 to 20 nos - french beans (cut into small pieces)
  • 1/2 cup - green peas
  • onion - 1 finely chopped
  • 2 - medium tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 - Green Chilies (finely slit)
  • 1 tsp - ginger garlic paste
  • 1 bunch - fresh coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp - dry fenugreek leaves
  • 1/2 tsp - red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp - turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp - coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp - garam masala
  • 1 - bay leaf
  • 1/2 inch - cinnamon stick
  • 2 - green cardamom
  • 2 - cloves
  • 2 strands - mace
  • A pinch of nutmeg powder
  • 2 tbsp - butter
  • 3 to 4 tbsp - cream
  • 1 tsp - salt
  • 1 tsp - sugar

How to make Mixed Vegetable Handi

  1. Soak the cashew nuts in warm water for 30 minutes. Drain and make a fine paste of the cashew nuts. Keep aside.
  2. Steam all the vegetables in a steamer. If you like you can fry the vegetables. Since this dish is very rich I have avoided the frying part and steamed the vegetables. Make sure that they are not over or under cooked.
  3. Heat butter in a Handi, if you do not have a Handi you can use the regular pan also.
  4. Now add the Bay leaf, green cardamom, mace, cinnamon stick and the cloves to the butter and saute for a few seconds .
  5. Add the finely chopped onions and fry till it turns golden brown in color. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smells of the paste disappears.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes and coriander leaves and saute till the tomatoes becomes soft and oil starts to come out of the sides of the Handi.
  7. Add Turmeric powder, Red Chilli powder and Coriander powder and give it a quick stir.
  8. Now add the cashew paste along with 1 tsp of sugar and keep stirring till oil comes out of the sides.
  9. Now add 1/2 cup of water, salt and let it boil. Add the slit green chilies and let it simmer on low flame for 4 to 5 minutes.
  10. Add the steamed vegetables into the gravy. Stir well and simmer the vegetables in the gravy for 2 to 3 minutes more. Once the gravy thickens, add a pinch of nutmeg powder.
  11. Add crushed fenugreek leaves and garam masala powder to the gravy.
  12. Finally add the cream, stir well and take away from the heat.
  13. Serve hot with Roti, Paratha or Naan of your choice.

A mix veg recipe is something that probably every Indian household has, because right from the days
of our grandmothers and great grandmothers, we remember this dish being cooked in various
households. Popularly known as the mixed veg oriental style or Indian mixed veg in the West, this
dish comes with various variations in different regions of the country. While some like to keep it
spicy and creamy, there are others who like to keep it as simple and non-spicy as possible.
So, if you are looking for ways related to how to prepare mix veg recipe, be prepared to come across
different types of recipes online. While the typical mixed veg recipe of North India will contain
spinach and other leafy vegetables and extremely spicy when done in the winter months, a typical
mixed veg dish from Bengal will be comparatively much less spicy and creamy. Since this dish is
cooked essentially with seasonal vegetables, there are no basic ingredients either that are to be used in
making this dish.

Origin of the Mixed Veg dish
While it is very difficult to trace the origin of a mixed veg dish, since each and every region of India
will have a different story to tell, but one of the most sought after vegetarian dishes of this country
comes from Maharashtra, known as the veg kolhapuri. This dish is mainly believed to have originated
from this state of India where it was originally enjoyed with rice. Since then this dish has travelled to
various corners of the country and today we have different types of mixed vegetable dishes, some of
which bear little to resemblance to the original veg kolhapuri dish. If you take a look at how to make
mix veg recipe step by step at various sites, you will find that the recipes differ since they are from
different corners of the country. So when you search for recipes it is best that you specify the region-
for example, north Indian, Kolhapuri, Bengali, etc

Healthy and fit
While it can be estimated that the nutritional value of mix veg recipe is around 130 calories, there is
little to no fat content in it. Some dishes have high cholesterol content when made spicy and oily, but
otherwise when kept light, these are extremely healthy. Since this dish contains a lot of minerals, the
more variety of vegetables you add, more will be the amount of minerals and vitamins that come with
it. This is a pretty mineral rich dish which can be enjoyed on a regular basis when cooked with less oil
and curry at home.
Tips when preparing mix veg dishes
When aiming for a restaurant style mixed veg recipe, the trick is to make the gravy as thick and
creamy as possible. Make sure that you consult quick and easy mix veg recipes when doing it for the
first time. When you boil the vegetables a little, make sure that they do not lose their crunch and
ensure that they have been washed thoroughly.
Cook it right, to enjoy a healthy side dish of mixed veg with some rice or chapatti.

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Reviews for Mixed Vegetable Handi (13)

Sonali Dea year ago

Awesome taste :ok_hand::ok_hand:u deserve a big five star:clap::clap::clap::heart_eyes::smile:

Suchitra Rao2 years ago

Made several tyms & always a super hit!

anuja pandey2 years ago

Woww. I tried this recipe and it came out very well. Onion and tomato based creamy gravy plays an important role for the authentic taste of this dish. And the flavorful Indian spice made this dish more exciting.

vagisha verma2 years ago

Thanks Alka jena for sharing this recipe. The step by step process made it easy for me to learn how to cook them at home. The aroma that came while cooking was tempting and no one can resist by having it. And flavorful Indian spices made this dish more delicious.

shaila sharma2 years ago

Mixed vegetable handi is my favorite vegetarian dish. It is one of the most relished food of Awadhi cuisine. It goes well with naan, lahsuni naan, sheermal and tandoori roti. And this dish is appropriate for almost all parties and other special occasion.

radhika gupta2 years ago

Addition of different vegetables made this dish more healthy and delicious. The flavor of aromatic Indian spices enhanced the flavor of Mixed vegetable handi. It goes well with roti and rice. I tried it on my last weekend and me and my family just loved it.

Kirti Arora2 years ago

Tastes yum. Mixed vegetable Handi with cauliflower, carrot, Beans and green peas is not only delicious but also healthy. This Awadhi recipe is ideal for dinner parties or lunch with family and friends. I tried cashew paste in this recipe for the first time and it really works wonders!

Sunita Porwal Shah2 years ago


Shalu Garg3 years ago

Tried this and it turned out super yummy,thank u so much for such delicious recipe

Roli Singh4 years ago


Anuradha Bhuta Shah4 years ago

nice recipe

Shweta Jaju4 years ago


Shiny Singh4 years ago

Nice recipe :D I guess we can make this dish best with seasonal veggies?

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