Veg Handi Recipe | Mixed Vegetable Handi – Dhaba Style


Veg Handi Recipe | Veg Diwani Handi | Mixed Vegetable Handi with a detailed photo and video recipe. A simple mixed vegetable curry recipe prepared with onion – tomato sauce and cashew paste with a range of vegetables. This curry can be easily served with roti, naan, and even steamed rice or jeera rice for lunch and dinner. It is a premium curry recipe in parallel with any paneer curry recipe.
Mixed Vegetable Handi - Dhaba Style

Veg Handi Recipe | Veg Diwani Handi | Mixed Vegetable Handi with step-by-step photo and video recipe. The recipe got its name from 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 the 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 up the traditional way and fall back to my normal nonstick tawa. According to the wiki, handi recipes were unique to North Indian economical dhaba where most of the recipes were prepared in clay pots. Gradually, all the recipes prepared in clay pots got their name suffixed with the word “handi”. Whatever the way it is cooked, the taste, and the texture remain attractive hence making it a popular choice. This can be an ideal curry for those who do not like paneer curries but need something premium.

Veg Handi Recipe

There are several variations to this Mixed Veg Handi recipe. It is either prepared with onion-tomato, almond-cashew nut gravy, or a combination of both. But I have skipped the almond part as it is not mandatory. However, you are more than welcome to add it if you like almonds or skip the cashews. The other variation is to steam the vegetables separately perhaps in an idli cooker or steamer and then add them to the tomato-onion base. While you may save some time with this technique. But 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. Yet adding it makes the curry special and more interesting.

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About Mixed Veg Handi

It is a classical North Indian cuisine mixed vegetable curry prepared using a traditional clay pot known as handi. Mixed Veg Handi gets its name from the traditional clay pot used to prepare curry. As such there are no additional ingredients or cooking techniques, but the use of a clay pot makes it special and gives a unique taste to it. It can be best served with a range of Indian flatbreads, but the best choice is garlic naan, tandoori roti, and jeer rice.

Traditionally, Mixed Veg Handi or Veg Diwani Handi is prepared and served in North Indian or Punjabi dhabas. The roadside dhabas typically use basic and less fancy crockeries to cook most of the curries and recipes. Hence most of the curries started getting the name with the technique or utensils associated with it. Handi curry is one such recipe where the name is mainly associated with the way it is prepared.

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Mixed Vegetable Handi - Dhaba Style

Veg Handi Recipe | Mixed Vegetable Handi - Dhaba Style

Easy Veg Handi Recipe | Mixed Vegetable Handi - Dhaba Style
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine punjabi
Servings 4 Servings


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 with Step-by-step Photos

onion tomato paste recipe:

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

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


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