veg handi recipe | veg diwani handi recipe | mixed vegetable handi

veg handi recipe | veg diwani handi recipe | mixed vegetable handi with the detailed photo and video recipe. a simple mixed vegetable curry recipe prepared with onion – tomato sauce and cashew paste. this curry can be easily served with roti, naan and even steamed rice or jeera rice for lunch and dinner.
veg diwani handi recipeveg handi recipe | veg diwani handi recipe | mixed vegetable handi with step by step photo and video recipe. basically the recipe got its name by the way it is prepared or cooked in a large wide-mouthed cooking vessel. typically handi recipes are prepared in a large mouthed clay pot. however the new, robust and more sophisticated cooking vessels have replaced them. yet the cooking techniques and recipes remain the same which gives this recipe same taste.

initially, i thought of preparing this recipe in a handi or a clay pot. but unfortunately i was not able to find any economical clay pot or handi here in australia. hence i had to give the plan and fall back to my normal non stick tawa. according to wiki, handi recipes were unique to north indian economical dhaba’s were most of the recipes were prepared in clay pots. gradually, all the recipes prepared in clay pots got their name suffixed with word “handi”.

veg handi recipe

there are several variations to this recipe which is either a onion-tomato or a almond-cashew nut gravy, or combination of both. but i have skipped the almond part but you are more than welcome to add it. the other variation is to steam the vegetables separately perhaps in a idli cooker or steamer and then add them to tomato-onion base. while you may save some time with this technique but by boiling the veggies with the curry adds more taste to vegetables. lastly, adding cooking cream to this recipe is completely optional and depends upon individual preferences.

finally, i would like to showcase my other indian veg curry recipes collection from my blog. particularly, veg kolhapuri, palak paneer, mixed veg sagu, malai kofta, stuffed brinjal, bharwan bhindi and chole masala recipe. in addition do visit my other recipes collection like,

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veg diwani handi recipe

veg handi recipe | veg diwani handi recipe | mixed vegetable handi

4.12 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: punjabi
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easy veg handi recipe | veg diwani handi recipe | mixed vegetable handi


for onion-tomato paste:

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 medium sized onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 7 cashews, whole


  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • ½ cup gobi / cauliflower, florets
  • ½ capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 1 potato, cubed
  • ¼ cup peas / matar
  • 5 beans, chopped

other ingredients:

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick / dalchini
  • 5 cloves / lavang
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder / haldi
  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder / dhaniya powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder / jeera powder
  • salt to taste
  • ½ cup curd / yogurt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp cream / malai
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped


  • firstly, heat oil and saute onions till they change colour.
  • also saute ginger and garlic.
  • further add roughly chopped tomatoes, cashews and saute well.
  • cool down the mixture completely and blend smooth.
  • in the same kadai, heat oil and saute bay leaf, cinnamon stick and cloves.
  • now add chili powder and turmeric and saute.
  • pour the prepared onion-tomato paste and cook.
  • furthermore, add coriander powder, cumin powder and salt.
  • add curd keeping and stir continuously.
  • now add mixed vegetables and water.
  • cover and cook the vegetables for 15 minutes.
  • add crushed kasuri methi, cream, garam masala and coriander leaves. mix well.
  • finally, serve veg handi or veg diwani handi with tandoori roti, naan or rice.
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how to make veg handi or veg diwani handi with step by step photo recipe:

onion tomato paste recipe:

  1. firstly, in a large kadai or handi heat oil and saute onions till they change colour.
    veg handi recipe
  2. also saute ginger and garlic till the raw smell disappears.
    veg handi recipe
  3. further add roughly chopped tomatoes and saute well.
    veg handi recipe
  4. add cashew to make gravy more rich and creamy.
    veg handi recipe
  5. saute till the tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
    veg handi recipe
  6. cool down the mixture completely and transfer to the blender.
    veg handi recipe
  7. blend to smooth paste without adding any water. keep aside.
    veg handi recipe

mix veg handi recipe:

  1. in the same kadai, heat oil and add bay leaf, cinnamon stick and cloves.
    veg diwani handi recipe
  2. saute them till they aromatic on low flame.
    veg diwani handi recipe
  3. now add chili powder and turmeric. adding chili powder and turmeric to oil, gives bright colour to the gravy.
    veg diwani handi recipe
  4. saute on low flame for 20 seconds without burning the spices.
    veg diwani handi recipe
  5. pour the prepared onion-tomato paste.
    veg diwani handi recipe
  6. and saute well for 10 minutes or till the paste turns thick.
    veg diwani handi recipe
  7. furthermore, add coriander powder, cumin powder and salt.
    veg diwani handi recipe
  8. saute on low flame for a minute to cook the spices.
    mixed vegetable handi
  9. add curd keeping the flame on low to avoid curd from curdling.
    mixed vegetable handi
  10. stir continuously till the curd mixes well with spices.
    mixed vegetable handi
  11. now add mixed vegetables of your choice. i have added almost 2 cups of vegetables.
    mixed vegetable handi
  12. add 2 cups of water or as required to cook the vegetables.
    mixed vegetable handi
  13. mix well and adjust the seasonings.
    mixed vegetable handi
  14. cover and cook the vegetables for 15 minutes or till they are cooked completely.
    mixed vegetable handi
  15. add crushed kasuri methi, cream, garam masala and coriander leaves. mix well.
    mixed vegetable handi
  16. finally, serve veg handi or veg diwani handi with tandoori roti, naan or rice.
    veg handi recipe


  • firstly, add vegetables of your choice, like broccoli, paneer and corn.
  • additionally, prepare veg handi in butter for more rich flavour.
  • instead of cooking vegetables in gravy, steam the vegetables and later add to gravy to hasten cooking time.
  • finally, veg handi or veg diwani handi taste more royal when prepared with cashew and almond paste.


  1. 5 stars
    Hello Archana,
    I tried veg handi and it was just one awesome dish. Everyone​ thoroughly enjoyed the dish thank you very much for sharing such wonderful recipes.

  2. thank you for Karnataka recipe will try surely.. ur step by step instructions are very keen to understand.. thanks a lot

  3. Your recipes are quick and tasty. We always follow your website. Can you please add the nutritional and calorie value as well. Thanks 🙂

  4. Hi Archana, thanks a lot for your efforts so far you have done impressive work so far and good luck for future. I am also from Australia. Do you have your business in Australia?

    • thanks a lot Ripal for such motivating words. Glad to know that you are from Australia too. yes i have a business setup.

  5. Hai,
    Thanks for your awesome recipes.Your blog looks great.I like the way you start directly to the cooking in your videos.
    Why don’t you tell something about yourself…felt I can connect more rather than an imaginary figure.

    • Hi Jeeja,

      Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog. My name is Archana and I am basically from Udupi, Karnataka. Currently living in Australia.

  6. Thankful for preparation timings 😛 Nimma ee prayathna heege mundu vareyali.. Neevu non veg items yake try madthilla?? I’m waiting for “hebbar’s kitchen non veg recipes” hahaha..

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