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Gujarati Handvo Recipe

Handvo is a Gujarati snack or savory cake made with rice, lentils and veggies. This recipe of handvo is simple to make and outright delicious. You can make this snack in oven as well as on stove top in a pan. Serve with green chutney for a healthy and wholesome snack or breakfast.
Prep Time4 hrs 40 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time5 hrs 20 mins
Course: Breakfast/snack
Cuisine: Gujarati, Indian
Keyword: Handvo
Servings: 4 handvo
Calories: 498kcal
Author: Harini


For Batter

  • 1 cup rice
  • 3/4 cup toor dal split pigeon peas
  • 1/2 cup channa dal Bengal gram
  • 2 tablespoons urad dal skinned black gram
  • 2 tablespoons moong dal green gram (optional)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt thick curd
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/2 cup grated bottle gourd
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 green chilies finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon peeled and minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fruit salt (eno) or 1/2 teaspoon baking powder + few drops of lemon juice

To Temper Handvo

  • 2 tablespoons oil more for cooking
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 10 curry leaves


Making Batter

  • Pick, rinse and soak the mixed lentils in 2 cups of water for 4-6 hours . You will need 3/4 cup toor dal or split pigeon peas, 1/2 cup chana dal, 2 tablespoons urad dal, 2 tablespoons moong dal. Also soak 1 cup raw rice for 4 hours separately.
    soaked lentils for making handvo recipe
  • At the time of grinding, drain and take the rice and lentils combined in a mixer jar.
    lentils and rice in a blender jar for making handvo recipe
  • Grind to a coarse paste. without adding water 
    coarsely blended lentils for making handvo recipe
  • Next add yogurt and salt. Blend again to a smooth paste. If only necessary add 1/8 cup water.
    yogurt added to batter for making handvo recipe
  • Take the batter in a mixing bowl. Add chopped green chilies, grated carrots, grated bottle gourd, chopped coriander leaves, minced ginger and sugar. You can also use garlic ginger paste. Mix very well.
  • At the time of [preparing handvo, add fruit salt. It will react with the batter. Mix very well again.
    Fruit salt added to the batter for making handvo recipe
  • Finally add oil and mix well. Now the batter is ready.
    Oil added to the batter for making handvo recipe

Preparing Handvo

  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a cast iron pan . Temper with mustard seeds, curry leaves and sesame seeds. 
    Tempering with mustard seeds, sesame seeds and curry leaves for making handvo recipe
  • Pour 3/4 cup batter into a round. Adjust the shape and thickness with the ladle to make it 1 or 2 inches thick. Cook in medium flame for 5-6 minutes by covering the pan
    making handvo in a pan on stovetop
  • Flip carefully and cook the other side also for 3-4 minutes
    cooking handvo in a pan
  • Handvo is done once the top turns golden and edges turn crispy. Finish off the remaining batter same way Serve hot after slicing into wedges
    Handvo made and served in a enamel pan with sesame seeds and curry leaves garnishing


Serving Suggestions
  • Serve handvo hot or warm with green chutney or red chutney. It goes very well as a snack with tea.
  • You can also let it cool down and pack in snack box with sauce.
  • Make it in small muffin cups or cut into dainty triangles for a wonderful party starter.
General Notes
  • For each handvo prepare the tempering fresh while making in a pan.
  • The cooking time varies with the consistency of batter and thickness of handvo you want to make. If you prefer a thin crispy ones it takes less time to cook compared to thick spongy ones. 
  • you can also make plain handvo without vegetables.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 3mg