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Gujarathi Handvo

Gujarathi Handvo Recipe

Gujarati Handvo is a traditional Gujarathi savory cake prepared with rice and lentils. It can be had as a light breakfast or as a tea time snack. It is easy to prepare, healthy and nutritious.

Course Breakfast, Dinner, Snack
Cuisine Gujarathi
Keyword gujarathi handvo, handvo, handvo recipe
Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2


Ingredients needed

  • 1/2 cup Idli rice
  • 1/4 cup Bengal gram dal (kadalai paruppu)
  • 1/4 cup Tur dal
  • 2 tbsp Urad dal


  • 1/3 cup Grated bottle gourd
  • 1/3 cup Grated carrot
  • 1/3 cup Coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic green chilli paste

Spice Powder

  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Roasted cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp Red chilli powder

Other ingredients

  • Salt needed
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Curd
  • 1/2 tsp Eno fruit salt

For the seasoning (to be mixed with the batter)

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Red chillies
  • 1 pinch Hing
  • Curry leaves

For Final Seasoning

  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp Sesame seeds (white)
  • Curry leaves few


  1. In a bowl, wash and soak together rice, channa dal, urad dal and tur dal for 5 hours.

After 5 hours

  1. Grind the dal and rice adding little water to a smooth batter.

  2. Leave it to ferment for 6-7 hours or overnight.

  3. After the batter has fermented well, add grated bottlegourd, grated carrot, coriander leaves, ginger garlic green chilli paste, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder, chilli powder, salt needed, sugar and curd to the batter. Mix well.

  4. Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chillies, hing. When mustard seeds splutters, add curry leaves and saute for a few seconds. Add the seasoning to the batter and mix well.

  5. Add 1/2 tsp eno, a tbsp of water and mix well.

  6. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add cumin seeds, sesame seeds, hing and curry leaves.

  7. When the seeds splutters, add 5 ladles of handvo batter. Spread it a little and cook covered on low heat for 6-7 minutes

  8. Once corners starts to lift up, flip it over to the other side and cook for another 6-7 minutes.

  9. Once done, remove from pan. Once it cools, cut it into pieces and enjoy.

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Recipe Notes

Handvo can be had as a light breakfast or dinner or as a tea time snack.