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Urvi Zaveri
30 minutes
Prep Time
60 minutes
Cook Time
10 People
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Handvo is a vegetable cake. It is a part of the Gujarati cuisine. It is often made with a bottle gourd filling, though many other vegetables can be added. Sometimes crushed peanuts are also added

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Hard
  • Everyday
  • Gujarat
  • Baking
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 10

  1. 3 cups rice
  2. 1 cup split Bengal gram
  3. 1/2 cup split red gram
  4. 1/2 cup split black gram
  5. 3 cups butter milk
  6. Salt to taste
  7. 4 tbsp sugar
  8. 250g bottle gourd grated
  9. 1 med sized potato cut to cubes
  10. 1 small onion chopped
  11. 2 tsp sesame seeds 1tsp for garnish
  12. 1tsp mustard seeds
  13. 3 tbsp oil
  14. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  15. 3 tbsp water
  16. 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  17. 1tsp ginger paste
  18. 2 tsp red chilli powder
  19. 1tsp turmeric powder


  1. Wash and soak rice, Bengal gram,black gram,red gram, overnight.
  2. In morning remove water and grind with butter milk to a nice paste .
  3. The mixture shouldn't be very watery .
  4. Add salt and mix well keep the mixture in a container in a dark place and leave to ferment.
  5. Now add the vegetables to this mixture.
  6. In a bowl mix water 1tbsp oil and soda and add to the mix.
  7. Add ginger paste.
  8. Add salt if required . Add turmeric ,red chilli powder ,sugar
  9. In a pan heat oil to this add mustard seeds once it sputters add sesame seeds and garlic . Cook till the garlic turns pinkish.
  10. Add this to the handva mixture
  11. Grease a handva pan and sprinkle Bengal gram flour . Pour the mixture and garnish with sesame seeds.
  12. In the handva pan small dish heat sand and put the main pan on top of it at a very low flame . Cook for 45 min and check inserting a toothpick. .if it comes out clean it's ready . Orelse cook for another 10 15 min.
  13. Let it cool for 20min . Run a knife along the edges and invert in a dish . Yummy Gujarati handva is ready to relish.

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