Sunday, January 29, 2012

Handvo/ Savoury Lentil And Vegetable Cake

I am very fond of Gujarati dishes, one such dish which is very much liked by me and my family is Handvo or Ondhwa. This is a baked savoury cake made with combination of rice with lentils and vegetables. This is very healthy and ideal for breakfast. Even my daughter who rarely eats anything apart from bread for breakfast, enjoyed this a lot. This recipe is from my dear friend Meghana's blog.

I have used store bought Handvo flour for this, but this should not be confused with readymade Handvo mix. 
Those who cannot get this flour, look out my notes at the bottom of this post.


Ingredients:

Handvo Flour- 2 Cups
Grated Bottlegourd- 2 Cups
Fenugreek Leaves- 2/3 Cup (Chopped)
Corn- 1/4 Cup
Onion- 2 Medium Sized (Chopped)
Ginger-1 1/2 Inch Piece and Green Chillies- 2 ( Make a paste out of it)
Jaggery- 1 Tbsp
Turmeric- 1 Tsp
Red Chilli Powder- 1/2 Tsp
Salt- To Taste
Yoghurt- 1/2 Cup (Well Beaten)
Canola Oil- 2 Tbsp
Baking Soda- 1/2 Tsp

For Tempering:

Oil- 2Tbsp
Mustard Seeds- 1 Tsp
Cumin Seeds- 1/2 Tsp
Whole Red Chillies- 2
Asafoetida- A Pinch
Sesame Seeds- 1Tsp + 3 Tbsp for sprinkling on top

Procedure:
  • In a mixing bowl mix together all the ingredients except baking soda and tempering. Make a medium consistency batter with some water and let the batter rest overnight.
  • In the morning check seasoning and consistency, if required add little more water.
  • Preheat the oven at 190 Degree C. Grease a baking dish with oil and keep aside.
  • Prepare the tempering by heating oil in a pan. After the oil gets hot add in asafoetida, mustard seeds and cumin seeds, once they splutter add in red chillies and 1 Tsp of sesame seed.
  • Mix this tempering with the batter and now add in baking soda. Mix well.
  • Pour this batter in the baking dish and sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.
  • Place in the pre heated oven and bake for about 45- 50 minutes. Bake until the corners turn slight brown and a toothpick inserted should come out clean.
  • Now broil for another 5 minutes to get a crispy crust.
  • Remove the dish from the oven and let it cool for around 15 minutes before cutting into slices. 
Serve warm with green chutney and/or ketchup.



Notes:
  • These can be made vegan as well by omitting yoghurt and adding vegan buttermilk and juice of 1 lime.
  • Those who cannot get handvo flour can use this combination instead- 1 Cup of rice + 1/4 Cup- Pigeon peas+2 Tbsp- split bengal gram +2 tbsp- split green gram +1Tbsp -split black gram. Soak the rice and lentils overnight and grind them in a smooth batter in the morning using little water. Now mix other given ingredients except tempering and soda. Add little water in the batter if required. Now keep this mix for about an hour and proceed as per point 3 in the procedure written above.
Sending this to my own event Veggie/ Fruit A Month- Bottlegourd which was started by Priya of Mharo Rajastan.







33 comments:

  1. raji, am yet to try this - loved this recipe and nice clicks.

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  2. BTW, do check out a giveaway in my blog; thanks

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  3. i love gujju snacks too.. not the fried ones.. the fermented and steamed or baked are so fun. love the addition of lauki and the sesame encrusted beautiful crust!

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  4. wow! it makes me drool....place is flooded raji! ha.ha...

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  5. oh wow. very new to me. looks awesome and so hearty.

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  6. interesting Raji... I have never made a savoury cake!!! Wondering how it tastes like!!!when I saw the pic as a preview was wondering whether it was dhokla!! A must try!

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    1. It is a really must try recipe Dina..you will love the flavours and thanks for stopping by.

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  7. one of my favourite snacks ever. You have rehashed every single memory of my childhood. Handvo flour - you get that in Dubai!!That's awesome.

    The handvo looks so so appetizing. great work

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  8. Handvo looks fabulous and wholesome,never tried them at home,simply love the addition of bottlegourd..

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  9. I love this dish, a Guju friend makes it from scratch, thank U Raji for following me, also following you dear..

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  10. Mouthwatering Recipe..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  11. That looks fantastic...love the flavors and such a beautiful color!

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  12. Never tried this before,looks so tempting..yum

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  13. Wholesome and yummy snack, great recipe Raji...thanks for sharing..bookmarked!!

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  14. Looks delicious...Never tried it...

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  15. interesting n yummy cake!!!thanks for sharing dear!

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  16. Totally new and wonderful dish to me. nice presentation

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  17. That looks good..Had it once at my aunt's place who cooks up lot of gujarathi food...should try this out for my daughter who is also invariably a bread and cheese person.

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  18. This sounds and looks new recipe to me...Interesting and tempting

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  19. Yum and delicious. Interesting recipe Have to try. Happy 2 follow u

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Anu..glad to have you here.

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  20. i adore gujarati food too! I love the way they use ingredients to makes these light exquisite and somehow healthy treats. Thanks for sharing this. ohh where do we get handvo flour?

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    1. Hey Shumaila..I too love gujarati food..I can practically survive on Dhoklas...and I got handvo flour from Al Adil..they have 2 branches in burdubai, 1 in karama too..they have got all kinds of flours and Indian spices.

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  21. simply superb...i'm drooling over here.

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  22. Lovely..I just loved the sesame sprinkle on top :-)

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  23. Lovely pics Raji! I started baking savory cakes recently and loving it.

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  24. I once tried Handvo at my friend's house, and have never found it again! I love this thing, soooo excited that you've shared a recipe for it! Gonna get the handvo flour from Al Adil asap!

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    1. Let's meet up Arva and I will treat you with Handvo :)

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  25. Raji, I love Handvo and learnt it from my Gujarati Nanny long time back. Love it with the green chutney. I am out of Handvo flour and yours is making me to have some right now.

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  26. This is totally new to me but it sounds like something I should try. The recipe also looks pretty easy.

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  27. Handvo looks delicious. Love to try once I start cooking.

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