January 30, 2013

How to Make Handvo

Recipe by Naiya Sheth : Learn how to make Handvo. This is a very easy and healthy Indian food recipe. Handvo can be known as spicy Indian cake. Actually, I always make it in O.T.G. Means it's really Indian version of the cake. It is very healthy and yummy. Yes, it requires some planning and soaking time, but the result is very good. Handvo is a mixture of lots of flours, vegetables and spices. In short, it's a great combination of health and taste. It can be served as the starter, snacks, breakfast and even as single meal dinner also.

Preparation time - 15 to 20 minutes
Fermenting time - 6 to 7 hours
Baking time - 55 to 60 minutes
Serves - 6 person

Ingredients to make Handvo:

200 grams handva flour
200 grams yellow corn flour
200 grams Idli batter 
1/4 cup semolina 
1/4 cup curd
1 lemon juice
1 teaspoon soda bi carb

1 cup grated cabbage
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup soaked and boiled moraiyo
1/4 cup fresh sweet corn
3 tablespoon crushed green peas
Salt to taste
2 tablespoon crushed green chillies
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoon red chilli powder
2 lemon juice
4 tablespoon sugar
3 to 4 tablespoon hot oil
1 tablespoon fruit salt
Oil for greasing oven tray

For tempering:

3 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
2 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon asafoetida
1 tablespoon red chilli powder

To serve with:

Tomato ketchup

Method to make Handvo:

For fermenting:

  • Heat water in a pan, meanwhile mix idli batter, yellow corn flour, semolina and handva flour in another big bowl. 
  • When water is hot add curd, lemon juice and soda bicarb to it. Mix well to above flour mixture. Make the semi-liquid batter and put it in the warm place for 6 to 7 hours covered.

For handvo:

  • Preheat O.t.G. AT 300`C (maximum) with both top and bottom grill on.
  • Crush moraiyo and sweet corn to smooth paste. 
  • Mix all spices and vegetables to fermented handvo batter.
  • Add above moraiya mixture to it. At last add hot oil and mix well. 
  • Appl oil on the oven tray. Meanwhile, add fruit salt to handvo batter and mix well. Transfer the batter to the oven tray. Make sure to fill half tray.
  • Now get ready the temper. For that heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they crackle add asafoetida, sesame seeds and red chilli powder. Spread it over handvo batter in the oven tray.
  • Bake for 55 to 60 minutes at 300` temp. or till upper layer is crispy.
  • Hot and delicious handvo is ready to serve. Traditionally it is served with oil. But now it can be served with tomato ketchup and green chutney.


  • Ready made idli batter should be used but if it is not available idli flour or homemade idli batter can be used. 
  • For handva flour also it can be available at grocery shop but it can be made at home by mixing 1 cup rice, 1/4 cup toovar dal and 2 tablespoon chanadal's (gram dal)  coarse mixture.
  • For moraiya mixture soak it in warm water for2 hours and then cook in microwave for 3 minutes.

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