How to make Matlo Undhiyo -

The very famous undhiyo cooked in a matla or matka.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Surti papdi (सूरती पापड़ी), Brinjals (बैंगन)

Cuisine : Gujarati

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Matlo Undhiyo

Matlo Undhiyo Recipe Card


Gujarat has long stretches of unspoilt coastline and an endless supply of fish and shell fish. But strict Jainism in the past and orthodox Hinduism today has encouraged widespread vegetarianism.  The Gujarati cuisine is not heavily spiced but slightly sweeter than the cuisines of the neighbouring states.
Gujarati food is distinctively vegetarian with about 65% of its population shunning the meat.  The remaining 35% of the state’s population consists of Bohra Muslims and Parsis. Bohra Muslims are the followers of Abdullah who were Hindus who adopted Muslim religion.  The Parsi cuisine on the other hand is a blend of western influences.

Prep Time : 51-60 minutes

Cook time : 1.30-2 hour

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Matlo Undhiyo Recipe

  • Surti papdi 250 grams

  • Brinjals slit 4 small

  • Fresh papdi dana 100 grams

  • Potatoes halved 8 small

  • Purple Yam (kand) ¾ inch cubes 250 grams

  • Sweet potatoes ¾ inch cubes 100 grams

  • Salt to taste

  • Carom seeds (ajwain) 1 teaspoon

  • Sesame oil (til oil) 4 tablespoons


Step 1

Dig a pit, put some wood sticks and light them. Trim the surti papdi and slit them open. Slit the brinjals into two without cutting the stem.

Step 2

Place the surti papdi, fresh papdi dana, potatoes, kand, sweet potatoes in a bowl. Mix together salt and carom seeds.

Step 3

Stuff some of this into the slits of the brinjals and add the remaining to the other vegetables. Add sesame oil to all the vegetables and mix well.

Step 4

Dip a piece of muslin cloth in water and squeeze to remove excess water. Spread it on the work top and place banana leaves over it. Place all the vegetables over this and cover it up with banana leaves.

Step 5

Bring together edges of the muslin cloth and tie into a potli.

Step 6

Take a matla or a matki. Line it with pattal leaves and banana leaves. Place the potli over them and cover up with more banana leaves. Seal the top with atta dough.

Step 7

Place the matla upside down over the burning wood and cook for about one hour.

Step 8

Just before serving break open the matki and bring out the piping hot potli.

Step 9

Open it and serve the undhiyo over banana leaves with wood apple chutney, sweet potato chutney and sev.

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