National Undhiyu Day

January 14

When is National Undhiyu Day?

National Undhiyu Day happens on Sunday January 14, 2024.

Celebrating National Undhiyu Day: A Tribute to Gujarat’s Winter Delicacy

On January 14th, food enthusiasts across the country celebrate National Undhiyu Day, a day dedicated to the traditional Gujarati dish known for its unique preparation and hearty ingredients. This seasonal specialty is named after the Gujarati word “undhu,” which translates to upside down, referring to the method in which the dish is traditionally cooked in earthen pots.

Unveiling the Layers of Undhiyu:

Undhiyu is a mixed vegetable dish that is as complex in its flavors as it is in its composition. It typically includes a variety of root vegetables, beans, and aubergine, slow-cooked to perfection with garlic, fenugreek dumplings (muthias), and a blend of aromatic spices. Every family has its recipe passed down through generations, making undhiyu a personal experience as much as a culinary one.

A Festive Affair:

Coinciding with the kite-flying festival of Uttarayan, National Undhiyu Day is deeply embedded in the spirit of celebration. It’s a time when the harvest of winter vegetables is at its peak, and undhiyu serves as a perfect dish to represent the season’s bounty.

Health Benefits Galore:

Undhiyu is not only a treat for the taste buds but also packs a punch in terms of nutrition. The variety of vegetables bring an array of vitamins and minerals, and the slow-cooking process helps in retaining their nutritional value.

National Undhiyu Day transcends beyond just savoring a dish; it’s a celebration of cultural heritage, community, and the seasonal rhythm of nature’s offerings. It encourages people to explore the rich tapestry of regional Indian cuisines and to remember that sometimes, the most humble of dishes can offer the most extraordinary of experiences.

When does National Undhiyu Day happen next year?

National Undhiyu Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday January 14, 2025
  • Wednesday January 14, 2026
  • Thursday January 14, 2027
  • Friday January 14, 2028
  • Sunday January 14, 2029


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