Monday, April 6, 2009

Handvo (Indian Lentil Cake)

A delightful and healthy gujrati preparation. Preparation is a little time taking, but believe me - it's worth the effort!

1 cup rice
1/2 cup each of toor dar, masoor dal, moong dal and chana dal
1 cup curd
1 cup cut spinach
handfull methi (fenugreek) leaves
1 carrot shredded
1/2 cup green peas
1/2 cup bottleguard shredded
2 green chillies
3 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp Eno
3 tbsp oil

For tempering:
few curry leaves
sesame seeds
dry whole red chillies
mustard seeds
shredded coconut

  • Mix the dals and rice and soak them in a covered vessel overnight.
  • Drain the water, add curd, lemon and green chillies. Mix well and grind the mixture to a coarse paste.
  • Set it aside for 3 hours.
  • Add all the vegetables, salt, turmeric, ginger garlic paste and mix well.
  • Now just before preparation, add Eno and mix it vigorously. Now your Handvo mixture is ready.
  • Take a flat bottom deep non-stick pan as shown below.
  • Grease it on all sides with oil.
  • Pour the remaining oil and heat it. Add the tempering. When it starts spluttering, pour the handvo mixture in the pan.
  • Don't mix it. Just cover it with a lid and cook it on a low flame for 15 mins.
  • Keep checking in-between to see it's not getting burnt. You can prick a fork in the mixture and if the mixure doesn't stick, it's cooked.
  • Now you have to flip the side. Gently lift the Handvo from both the sides and turn it over. You can use an extra plate or a tawa to help turn it over.
  • Cook the other side for another 15 mins. Turn off the heat.
  • Let it rest for 15 mins in the pan with the lid covered.
  • Ready to serve.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve with pickle or chutney.

Tip:You can add any vegetable of your choice.
If you don't have some of the dals, substitute it with dal of your choice.


  1. Wow... looks so yummy.. feel like having it right now...

  2. i made it with all ingredients and it was delicious.

  3. I like the recipe....but would like to know what kind of rice should be used? is basmati rice ok for this rice?


  4. @ Rakhi :)
    You can use Basmati rice, But if you have other kind of rice , the regular one will be better !

  5. Looks interesting, but I have some questions about the ingredients.

    What is bottleguard?

    What is curd? Yoghurt? Or the curds made when you put an acid in milk (so a bit like cottage cheese)?

    What is Eno?

    Whilst I'm at it... what would you make a Lassi with? Yoghurt or buttermilk?

  6. Hii Ryan !
    Thank you for your comment.

    1. Bottle gourd is a vegetable also known as Calabash. You can probably substitute it with Pumpkin if you like.

    2. Curd is plain unflavored yogurt.

    3. Eno is Fruit Salt Popularly used in India as an antacid. Contains Sodium Bicarbonate and Citric Acid.

    Lassi and Buttermilk are both made from curd ( plain yogurt ). Lassi is thicker than buttermilk. Look out for buttermilk recipe on this site next week. Enjoy...