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Recipe of Handvo

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A traditional Gujarati savoury cake. It is made with a combinations of lentils, rice and buttermilk.


  • 1 medium bottle gourd
  • 3 Tbsp coriander chopped
  • 3-4 green chillies finely chopped
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 3 tsp soda bi-carb
  • 1 tsp each urad and channa dal
  • 1 tsp each cumin and mustard seeds
  • 4-5 Tbsp oil
  • salt to taste

  • For grinding together:
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup yellow moong dal

How to Make Handvo

  1. Take butter milk in a large vessel.
  2. Add salt, soda and flour, mix well.
  3. Keep it aside for 6-7 hours.
  4. Grate bottle gourd and squeeze out excess water.
  5. Then add gourd, coriander and green chillies.
  6. Heat oil in a pan, add urad & channa dals, and seeds.
  7. Allow to splutter, pour half in the batter and mix it thoroughly.
  8. Put it in a greased oven proof deep container.
  9. Pour remaining seasoning on top.
  10. Place in a preheated oven at 280oC for 10 minutes.
  11. Reduce to 200 C or 180 C for 40 minutes or till done.
  12. Check by inserting a skewer, which should come out clean.
  13. Slice into wedges and serve hot.

Living Large »» 1 year ago »»

There seems to be at least a step or two missing -- how/when are the rice and lentils ground? Should they be cooked first? And when are they added?

Shara Garg »» 3 months ago »»

This recipe is really good. My family likes it very much.