#BlogchatterA2Z- “Handvo”- An Amazing Gujrati Recipe for Busy Weekdays!
It is week 2 of #BlogchatterA2Z and As “H”, I am excited to share another healthy and tasty recipe.
As I had mentioned before that you will learn so many Gujrati dishes with this series, so here I am back with another Gujrati dish.
The name of recipe is handvo or handva that is healthy, tasty and highly nutritious.
What is Handvo?
Handvo is basically a traditional Gujrati dish that can also be called as “rice and lentil savory cake”. It is made by mixing rice, mixed pulses and grated vegetables ( like bottle gourd, carrot or potato)
It is a perfect one pot meal and you can enjoy this even as a left-over recipe too. In fact, hanvo taste better next day. Additionally, it is also a great option for kids lunch box.
- Rice 1 cup
- Toor or Arhar dal ½ cup
- Chana dal 1 tablespoon
- Urad dal 1 tablespoon
- Moong dal 1 tablespoon
- Bottle guard ½ grated
- Curd ½ cup
- Green chilly ginger paste 1-2 teaspoon
- Soda bia carb ½ teaspoon
- Oil and mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves, sesame seeds for tempering
- Dry spices (red chili powder. Turmeric powder) as per taste
- Salt, sugar as per taste
- First let’s begin with preparing hando flour. Either you can use readymade hando flour or you can make it at home from scratch. Here is the post to know more about how to make handvo flour at home.
- First take rice and pulses in a large vessel, wash them properly and soak them for few hours by pouring clean water.
- Now, grind this mixture in a grinder by adding little water. You can add I teaspoon of fenugreek seed while grinding. Fenugreek seed helps in making a smooth mixture.
- When your mixture gets grinded properly, cover this with lid and put on a dry cool place for fermentation. Usually overnight fermentation is good enough but time duration may change as per weather conditions. (it takes a long time in winter and less time in summer)
- After proper fermentation, remove the lid and start adding other things to handvo batter.
- First add grated bottle guard. You can add other vegetables of your choice too, like carrot, peas but bottle guard is most important among them. It gives a proper softness to your handvo, so never skip this ingredient.
- Next step, add curd (avoid using sour curd, otherwise your handvo will taste sour), and green chilly ginger paste. Also, add other dry spices like red chili powder, turmeric powder.
- Now, prepare tempering. Heat the oil in small kadhai and add dry red chilies, mustard seeds, and hing.
- Pour this tadka on hando better.
- With this step your handvo batter is ready to bake. Now, you can use different ways to bake it. Like use of handvo cooker, large pan, or oven.
Here I am sharing two ways to make it.
First handa making by using a large pan
This one is the simplest way to make handvo.
- First grease the pan with little oil and heat it. After heating, add sesame seed, now add handvo batter. And cover this with a lid.
- The turning time is depending upon the thickness of handvo. If you had poured large amount of hanvo batter, then it will take more time and vice versa.
- When it turns into golden brown and crispy in consistency, flip it, add little oil on other side if needed. And again, cover the lid. And allow this to roast from the other side.
- When it gets roasted from other side as golden brown, turn off the gas and take out your handvo in a plate.
- Your tasty and healthy handvo is ready to eat. Serve this with green chutney, or tomato catch up. You can serve any healthy soup along with this, to make a perfect and filling meal.
Second method handvo making by using handvo cooker
Handva cooker is a special cooker that is used for making only handva. The lower part of cooker filled with sand and the upper part has a tray that is used for baking handvo.
- First, you need to pre heat the handvo cooker for 5 minutes. Now, grease the upper tray of cooker with little oil, and pour the hanvo batter evenly on this. After pouring batter, spread tempering (sesame seeds, oil, hing and curry leaves) evenly on the batter. Next, close the lids. As another method, you can add temering directly to batter. And after pouring batter, you just need to sprinkle sesame seeds on it.
- It usually takes 25-30 minutes to bake handvo. You can check it by inserting a knife to handvo. If nothing sticks to knife, it indicates handvo is cooked properly.
- When you prepare hando batter at home by mixing pulses and rice, you can change the proportion of pulses ( little bit) as per your taste and availability.
- You can add other veggies of your choice ( like carrot, peas or potato) to handvo batter. But as per my experience, it taste best with bottle gourd.
- You can bake handvo by in oven too. Read this post to know more, how to bake handvo in oven .
Hope you had liked this recipe. So, this is all for now.
Will share another healthy and exciting recipe in the next post.
If you had missed previous posts of this series. Click here
read the first post ( if you had missed) Amaranth Paratha
Read the second post Barnyard millet khichdi
Read third post Chickpea salad with carrot soup
Read fourth post Dal Dhokli
Read fifth post Energy Buddha Bowl
Read sixth post Fenugreek (Methi) Thepla
Seventh post Green (Spinach) chapati with bottle gourd curry
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Sindhu Vinod Narayan
We have a similar recipe down south, but we make it like a dosa on Tawas. This was interesting.
Handvo I have never had.Before cooking I think I will try getting my Gujrati friend treat me to this
My mom introduced me to handvo and I love it. Told my kids it’s desi style pizza loaded with veggies.
This one pot meal is a great during lockdown times.
Ya pragun, Nowadays I am also searching more one pot meal options. thanks a lot dear for reading the post and share your thoughts!
Yes this is a good idea. thanks a lot dear for reading the blog and share your thoughts.
We had a close Gujarati family friend in Austin. Had tried Handwo many times made by that auntie. It flavorful and a different variety from the regular options.
I so wanna have it dear especially as I am in Gujarat, looks super delectable but I am not that good a cook to make something as technical as this but the ingredients suggest it is super healthy and yum
Yes Roma, it is little bit hard..but with pre planning you can make it. try it, I am sure you will like it. thanks a lot dear for your visit.
I heard about Handvo but never tried I thought recipe would be quite difficult but Your easy recipe is going to work for me dear, I am going to try this on weekends,thanks for the wonderful easy recipe Surbhi.
So Hummus yesterday to Handvo tomorrow! I am sorted! Thank you.
thanks, i am glad you liked the post.
I came to know first time this dish. Seemed interesting! Would like to try some day.
Please try it Swarnali, and I am sure you will like it. thanks a lot dear for reading the post and share your thoughts.
I heard this dish for the first time. But the recipe is great especially during this tough time. It’s like one pot meal option.Thanks for sharing.
See, I am in Gujrat but never tasted this dish but now I have a recipe, I will make it and will enjoy with family.
Looks really delicious. These days my husband an dI are trying out new recipes..will surely make it soon ?
Sure Simrit please try it and let me know how you liked it. thanks a lot for your visit dear!
Yes it happens deepika..please try it, I am sure you will like it. thanks a lot dear for reading the blog and share your thoughts.
Looks amazing and different. I have never had this. Shall make ones of these days during the lockdown. 🙂
Thanks shubhra, i hope you like its taste. thanks a lot for your visit.
I have never tried making a handvo. The recipe looks quite easy. I will try it out soon.
Sure Madhu, try it and let me know how you liked it. thanks a lot for your visit.
Thanks for this recipe Surbhi..never tried Handvo before…will surely make it soon
please harjeet ji try it and let me know how you liked it. thanks a lot for your visit.
It seems to be healthy and yummy. Thank you for sharing such new recipes and with such details.
Thanks Arushi, I am glad you liked the recipe.
Noor Anand Chawla
I have never tried a handvo but you make it look so easy! Must try soon!
sure noor, thanks a lot for reading the blog and share your thoughts.
I am surprised of not having tried this dish despite of living in Mumbai. This is a new dish for me, after the lockdown I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing Surbhi.
Thanks a lot dear deepika, and I am so glad you liked the recipe. it taste so good and healthy too.
Have heard about Handvo but have never tried it. Will ask the husband to make it one of these days! 🙂
Yes Shilpa please try it and let me know your experience. thanks a lot for reading the post and share your experience.
Loved this post! Wasn’t aware that there is a Handvo Cooker! Learned a lot!
Thanks Mayura, I am glad you liked the post.
I am loving the healthy recipes…you have upheld your promise and HOW!! 🙂 WOW!