June 30, 2010

Back with the recipe of Gujarati Handvo / Handwa ( Lentil cake recipe )

                          I hope all my friends are doing well and posting lotsa great recipes :).
It has been a while since I posted any new recipe. Well I got some kinda work which is keeping me busy these days. I have tried many new recipes during this time but could not post them :(. Well today I got some time to post this wonderful recipe of Handvo. Handvo a.k.a Handwa is a Gujarati item and very much liked by everyone. Even my Maharashtrian friends like to eat this. Handvo can be ate as a main course item or even as a side dish. In most of the Gujarati functions and wedding parties people serve handvo as a side dish. I have referred to various sites and tried out this recipe.


Serves 4-6

1 Cup Rice
1/4 Cup Channa Daal (Split Bengal Gram)
1/4 Cup Toor Daal (Yellow Lentil)
1 tbsp Urad Daal (Split Black Lentil)
1/2 cup Yogurt (sour is preferred)
2–3 finely chopped Green Chilies
2 tsp Ginger Paste
2 tsp Garlic Paste
1.5 cup of Shredded Bottlegourd/Doodhi/Lauki
1/2 tsp Carom seedsAjwain
2 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Eno Fruit Salt (soda)
2 tbsp Sesame Seeds
3 tbsp Oil (divided use)
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp Asafetida (Hing)
2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
6-7 dried Curry Leaves
Salt as per taste


1. Wash rice and all daals and soak them for 3-4 hours.

2. Drain water from the soaked rice and daal.Add yogurt and coarsely grind them (add little water; only if required).

3. In a mixing bowl, add batter from above and mix chopped ginger, chopped garlic, chopped green chilies, salt, sugar, ajwain, turmeric powder and shredded Lauki. Mix well.

4. In a small skillet, just medium heat 1 tbsp of oil. Add dried curry leaves and red chili powder. (the red chili powder may get burnt if the oil is normal hot; we have to just heat it a little) Add this to the above batter and mix well.

5. Cover and let this batter rest for 6-7 hours or overnight.

6. Add fruit salt and mix well; stir in one direction for a minute so that the batter becomes fluffy.

7. Divide batter into a greased cake pan. Sprinkle sesame Seeds over the top of the batter.

8. In a small skillet, heat remaining Oil. Add mustard seeds and let them pop. Switch off stove. Add asafetida to the oil and cumin seeds. Spread this oil seasoning over the top of the sesame seeds.

9. Bake at 350F (180C) for 30-40 minutes.Once done broil this on High for for 6-7 minutes. You can see a golden crust forming at the top. Let the handvo cool a bit before you serve it


Handvo is usually eaten with tea. It can be tried with tomato ketchup or different chutneys.
Keep watch while broiling it. This is a fast process and may over broil the handvo.


  1. Heard a lot about it, never saw or tasted. The pic is very very tempting.

  2. Luks fantastic dear!very tempting while seeing the picture itself...will try it.

  3. hi sayali...
    handvo looks awesome ...i never heard about this dish but it looks very interesting ...thanks for this post ...

    first time to ur blog ...actually i am a newbie n never got a chance to visit ur space...u have some lovely recipes...

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  4. That looks so good! Spicy cake! :)

    Don't worry about sporadic posting. Will get updates when you post! Cheers!

  5. Hi dear, hru doing?

    That cake looks too yummy! Gimme a piece pls! :D

  6. Wow.. Spicy cake.. new to me.. Looks tempting..

  7. wow. looks so goood and healthy too. new to me.

  8. Sayali,
    I'm drolling here..... after looking your first click. Thanks for sharing this wonderful Gujarati item. Bookmarked !!

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. Handwo loks lovely crispy nad golden brown just how I like it.Perfectly made, this is one savory dish that I made very often its pefect for travelling food and lunch boxes.

  10. Hi Your Handvo looks very tempting. It's a regular picnic dish in my household we all love it.

  11. never heard of it but it sure looks mouthwatering yummeeee

  12. Handwa looks so crispy and yumm! Beautiful Clicks, especially the first one :-)

  13. Hi dear, this looks fantastic,yummy and crispy.

  14. 5 stars for this one...looks fab!!

  15. Handwa looks superb, perfect and yummy.

  16. nicely cooked and presented..

  17. Your post reminded me that i havent had this in long time, infact just last weekend i was planning to make this :)
    Your versions sounds delicious!

  18. The handwa looks so good. Nice and perfect to grab a bite :-)

  19. Hey Sayali, where have you been?! mouth watering pictures of our traditional dish! I also add lots of grated carrots, onion, zucchini etc to handwo.

  20. Wow! what a beautiful space you've created Sayali. Loved it!
    Also thanks for appreciating my work.
    Keep up the good owrk and stay in touch!

  21. Hey Sayali,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.I was telling my wife about Handvo, and she wanted to try it out. Will show this blog to her now!

  22. A very delightful site and recipe! Bookmarked it!

  23. hey dear, i tried this recipe today, n tomorrow morning m gonna cook it...fingers crossed please..hope it tastes awesome n my parents love it!!!!

  24. is that ok to leave the batter overnite after pouring the lauki in it? someone told me it will become dark in color though.

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