Handvo Recipe

Handvo Recipe
Photo Credit: http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2014/07/02/handvo-baked-spicy-lentil-cake/
Handvo is a typical Gujarati dish that is relished with green chutney. It has a huge stuffing of vegetables like pumpkin, bottle guard extra. A trip to Gujarat will be incomplete without tasting this authentic healthy dish.
Handvo Recipe
Preparation Time 30 Minutes
Cooking Time 40 Minutes
Difficulty Average
Rating 10.0 / 10 (1 vote)
Recipe Type Veg.
Serves 8
  • 2 cups Rice
  • 1 cup Toovar Dal (Arhar)
  • 1/4 cup Urad Dal
  • 1/4 cup Split Green Gram (Green Moong Dal)
  • 1/4 cup Split Bengal Gram (Chana Dal)
  • 1/4 cup Wheat (optional)
  • 1 cup Sour Curd
  • 2½ cups White Pumkin (Lauki) (grated)
  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 tsp Soda-bi-carb
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 3 tbsp Green Chilli-Ginger Paste
  • Salt (to taste)

    For Tempering
  • 2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 tsp Sesame Seeds (Til)
  • 2 tsp Carom Seeds (Ajwain)
  • 1/2 tsp Asafetida (hing)
  • 4 tbsp Oil
How to make Handvo:
  • Wash rice and all the lentils (dals). Soak them for around 4-5 hours. Now, drain the water and keep them aside.
  • Using the grinder, make a paste of the rice and lentils and pour sour curd into it. Mix well.
  • Keep the mixture overnight, to let it ferment.
  • Now, take a large bowl and put the oil in it. After it gets hot, add green chili-ginger paste and saute it for a few seconds.
  • Add wheat, grated pumpkin, soda bi-carb, chili powder, sugar, lemon juice, salt and turmeric powder to the pan and mix it well.
  • Take a greased thali and pour this batter in it.
  • Now, take a saucepan and heat 4 tbsp oil in it, to prepare tempering.
  • When the oil is hot, put mustard seeds in it and let them crackle.
  • Now, put asafetida, sesame seeds and ajwain and fry them for a few seconds.
  • When the sesame seeds turn brown, pour the mixture over the prepared batter.
  • Bake the dish in a preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes at a temperature of 200 degree C (400 degree F).
  • When the crust turns brown, it means that your handvo is ready to eat.