Monday, September 24, 2012

Diwani Handi

Diwani Handi is a North Indian mixed vegetable side dish cooked in Spinach gravy. It tastes best with Poori and Phulka.


Mixed Vegetables Chopped (Capsicum, Haricot Beans, Carrot) - 1 bowl
Green Peas - 1/2 bowl
Chopped Spinach - 1 bunch ( 2 bowls )
Onion - 1 med size
Green Chillies - 2
Garlic - 2 pods
Ginger - 1 inch
Milk - 4 tbsp
Cream -  2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste


Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Cloves - 2 to 3
Cardamom - 2
Cinnamon - 1 inch


Blanch all the vegetables along with green peas. Blanching means cooking the vegetables in salt water for 5 to 10 mins till they are half boiled. Once they are half cooked wash them in cold water and keep aside.

Repeat the same procedure with Spinach leaves. Blanch them for 5 mins and keep aside. Grind the blanched spinach leaves, onion, ginger, garlic and chillies to smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the cloves, cardamom and cinnamon. Add the mixed vegetables and mix well.

Add the ground paste to this. Add half cup of water, milk and cream to the pan. Cook on medium heat till the oil starts to separate and the gravy starts to thicken.

Now add the cumin, coriander powder and garam masala. Add salt as required. Mix well. Serve hot.


If you are on a diet and would like to include this recipe in your diet, cream can be excluded and use less oil.
The dish still tastes its best.. Enjoy cooking.. :)