Handvo/Savory lentil cake | How to make Handvo/Savory lentil cake

By Pallavi Purani  |  29th Mar 2016  |  
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About Handvo/Savory lentil cake Recipe

It is essentially a pan cooked savoury tid bit. It comes quiet handy when you do not know what to make for people travelling, it comes helpful when you have loads of guests visiting. It is hit with a super masala tea. Gujju's love their handvo. And it is a perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Needless to say I love it. Please don't be shocked to see the amount of oil that this takes, it is worth it. Gujarati families use the readymade Handvo mix with Kakra Gahu ka loth [Coarse wheat flour].

Handvo/Savory lentil cake is a mouthwatering dish which is perfect to serve at any occasion. It is a recipe of Gujarat cuisine which is very famous in the whole worldwide. This is very amazing in taste and it contains a lot of health benefiting nutrients. It is a quick and easy recipe and you can easily prepare restaurant style Handvo/Savory lentil cake at your home. Handvo/Savory lentil cake by Pallavi Purani will help you to prepare the perfect Handvo/Savory lentil cake at your home. You don't need any extra effort or time to prepare this. It just needs 300 minute for the preparation and 45 minute for cooking. Whether it is a grand party or a normal kitty party, it is a perfect dish to serve and to get the compliments from your guests. This recipe follows the perfect art of cooking that gives an amazing texture to this and differentiate it from other dishes. In the Better Butter recipes, you will find the step by step process of this recipe by which you can know how to make the delicious Handvo/Savory lentil cake.

Handvo/Savory lentil cake

Ingredients to make Handvo/Savory lentil cake

  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 cup Tuvar dal
  • 1/2 cup Chana dal
  • 1/2 cup Dhuli Urad dal
  • 2 bottle gourds/Ghiya/Lauki/Doodhi [Peeled and grated]
  • 4-5 green chillies [Chopped finely]
  • 2-1/2 tbsp jaggery
  • 1 tsp turmeric Powder.
  • 1 tsp red chilli Powder
  • 2 tbsp curd
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp plus more oil
  • 1 tbsp Rai [mustard seeds]
  • 2 tbsp + more sesame seeds

How to make Handvo/Savory lentil cake

  1. Soak the lentils and rice for 4-5 hours. Grind them into a fine paste with little water.
  2. Take the grated bottle bourd in a big bowl. Add the handvo spices [jaggery, green chilly, salt, chilli powder] and curd and mix well while squeezing the lauki. Let the water of the gourd come out.
  3. Add the lentils and rice paste, mix well. It should be of a consistency like that of a pan cake but it shall be lumpy due to the lauki. Taste and adjust the jaggery and salt. It should taste like a sweet-salty batter with a hint of chilli.
  4. Heat the 3 tbsp oil for tempering, add the mustard seeds and sesame seeds. Add it to the mixture and mix well. Cover it and put it aside for 3-4 hours.
  5. In a non stick pan, heat 1/2 tbsp oil and add 2 tsp sesame seeds. let them splutter. Swirl it around to distribute the seeds. Add about 4 ladle full of the mixture and level it straight on the pan.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and cover and cook for 12-15 minutes. Once done, put a thali on the pan and turn the handvo over [uncooked side down. Add another tempering layer of oil and sesame seeds and slide the uncooked side of the handvo in.
  7. Cover and cook for another 10 mins. Once it if lovely brown, take it out of the pan and let it cool for 2-3 min. [It shall set even more once cooled. Repeat for the remaining batter.
  8. Alternatively, bake it in a lined cake tin at 180 degrees celsius for 20-25 mins.
  9. Serve it with tea.

My Tip:

You can add a lot of vegetables like carrots, beans, methi leaves, spinach and cauliflower to the mix. The picture is of the baked version.

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