Gujarati Handvo Recipe

Indian Handvo RecipeHandvo is the traditional Gujarati savoury cake prepared in a manner where you just cannot go wrong. The flour used in Handwo generally consists of corn, rice and chana dal. Handva flour can be bought from any indian store. If you can't find it just try this method and see the difference in taste.


  • 2 cups rice (chawal)
  • 1 cup toovar (arhar) dal
  • 1/4 cup urad dal (split black lentils)
  • 1/4 cup moong dal (split green gram)
  • 1/4 cup chana dal (split Bengal gram)
  • 1/4 cup wheat (gehun) (optional)
  • 1 cup sour curds (khatta dahi)
  • 2 1/2 cups grated bottle gourd (doodhi / lauki)
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 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 the tempering:

  • 2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds (til)
  • 2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 4 tbsp oil

  • Method:

    - Wash and soak the rice and dals together for 4 to 5 hours. Drain and keep aside.
    Grind to a paste, add the sour curds and allow to ferment overnight.
    - Add the grated pumpkin, 4 tablespoons of oil, lemon juice, soda bi-carb, sugar, chilli powder, turmeric powder, green chilli-ginger paste and salt and mix well.
    - Pour this batter into a greased tin or a thali.
    - Four the tempering, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds and fry until they crackle. Add the - sesame seeds, ajwain and asafoetida and continue to fry. When the sesame seeds are golden in colour, pour this over the batter.
    - Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degree C (400 degree F) for 30 to 35 minutes till the crust is golden brown.

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