Friday, June 26, 2009

healthy fiber rich handvo recipe | a baked savory lentil cake



Handvo is a gujrati dish which is more like a baked dhokla or a savory cake or a spiced up cornbread. What appeals me more in this dish that it can be very versatile in the way we use the ingredients. A mixed pulses batter with some 'carbohydrate grain', some veggies, a generous tadka and finally the baking makes it a whole new experience. I like the way it is baked, with a tadka topping and a tadka base as well. The tadka is a tempering of assorted spices and herbs which imparts a nice aromatic and earthy feel to this baked lentil cake called Handvo or handva.



This recipe is not at all close to a gujrati handvo , authentically a mixture of slow roasted pulses is ground and used for making it but this version makes do with healthy ingredients readily available in a north Indian household. I call it a handvo because of it's cooking technique. The way the tadka is used for the base layer and then the handvo is topped with tadka and then baked.

I made this with lots of cabbage, broken wheat or daliya, chickpea flour and lots of curry patta, these ingredients make for a moist and spongy handvo which is rich in flavors. The fiber content of the handvo is very high due to all these ingredients. Flavors become nice a deep with the tadka and the vegetables used.

for the batter you need

1 cup of daliya soaked in a cup of buttermilk for 2 hrs (can be kept in the fridge overnight)
1 cup of chickpea flour or besan (I use corn meal too in winters as it is available in winters here)
2 cups of very finely chopped cabbage
salt n pepper to taste
turmeric powder 1 tsp
ginger paste 1 tbsp
water to make the batter
baking soda 1 tsp

for the tadka you need

oil 2 tbsp
asafoetida 1/4 tsp
mustard seeds 1 tsp
black gram split / urad dal 1 tsp
chickpea split / chana dal 1 tsp
green chillies choppes 2 tbsp
currypatta finely chopped 1/2 cup

to proceed ..........

Preheat the oven (I make it in microwave's grill option).

Make the batter mixing the ingredients for it and keep aside.



Now heat oil in a small tadka pan and throw in asafoetida, mustard seeds, the dals, green chilies and curry patta in that order, let all the ingredients well fried on medium heat, less amount of oil does not allow it to be fried quickly on high heat. So be careful not to burn everything.


Now spoon out 2-3 tbsp of the tadka mix into the baking dish and spread in the bottom like this.


Pour the batter over this mix and spread the remaining tadka mix over the top like this.



Now bake the handvo in the oven till the top is nicely brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the center.


Let it cool to room temperature and cut pieces and serve.

It keeps well in the fridge for a week which can be reheated in microwave and served warm with a chutney or as it is.......


It's a nice n healthy tea time snack. Full of fiber and low on calorie than most Indian chai snacks, being low on glycemic index is a better feat for this particular snack.

Taste wise this is the best savory baked snacks you can have, the cury patta and chilly makes it nicely spicy and the sponginess of the handvo is just addictive. You would feel like having it for meals.


18 comments:

  1. hmmm...really interesting recipe..very new to me, looks perfect, great job!

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  2. Tadka on batter sounds so new to me..perfect n yum one dear..:)

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  3. interesting dish great to learn North Indian from you rebecca

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  4. A perfect, healthy tea time snack. Looks yum.

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  5. I have heard of handvo and have always wanted to make this ... but is daliya used for the original recipe? I thought it was made of dals.

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  6. thanks all of you...
    Sharmila ..the authentic handvo does not use any daliya...it uses a mix of many dals n a li'l parboiled or white rice with some grated veggies.....i have read in a recipe book that in olden days handvo was made in a handi pot....pouring the batter over sizzling tadka n then covering the handi n cooking covered on very low heat for long time, hence the name handvo.....it's only now that we find it easier to bake it.

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  7. i love handvo, gosh i havnt had this in sooo many yrs, feel like making it right away!

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  8. Pardon my ignorance, but what is daliya?

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  9. Totally awesome,I could try this soon.Is daliya broken wheat?

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  10. I have tried dhokle before, this is so outstanding, must be great tasting one...gujarati's are known for their delicasies, right!

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  11. That's a really different take on the original handvo-sounds interesting!!

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  12. Hey!! It seemed nice!! I will try and write u again!!

    thanks for sharing!!

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  13. thanks all of you friends....
    SJ and yasmeen ...yes the daliya is broken wheat which retains all the bran n is so healthy....burgul and couscous are good substitutes but they are a bit finer than daliya....you can grind whole wheat in spice grinder and get daliya after sieving the finer flour from it.

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  14. Aww I never tried handvo while in Delhi..don't ask me why. I just had an aversion to it while I was pregnant!! So you make all this at home and while in India I just used to walk to all the nearby shops to eat :)

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  15. Very interesting and healthy version of handvo, am going to keep this in mind for when I plan some Gujarati meal !

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  16. Sangeeta, thankx for coming to my blog and letting me know what daliya is. But you really don't have to cos I usually come back to see if you have answered my question!!!

    I saw that you had knitted a scarf fr mithi I wanted to get the pattern from you but I am SO lazy, I am afraid to start long projects I most certainly lose interest halfway! I would love to see that pull over you did!!!

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  17. HI SANGEETA THERE IS NO PROPER RECIPE FOR HANDVA.. LIKE DOSAS, IT IS OPEN TO MANY PERMUTATIONS AND COMBINATIONS. ANOTHER ADDITION TO THE HANDVA THAT YOU CAN TRY OUT IS USING ONLY DALS... A LITTLE HEAVY, BUT WORTH IT. USING CHANA DAL, SIMILARLY SOAKED IN BUTTERMILK OR WATER, AND GROUND COURSE, ALSO IS NICE. CENTRAL GUJARAT MAKES HANDVA WITH A HEAVY HAND ON PULSES. ALSO MAKES THEM WITH SOOJI INSTEAD OF RICE FLOUR. SO I GUESS YOUR RECIPE IS ALSO AUTHENTIC ENOUGH.

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    1. Thank you. This is a good information about authenticity of handva :-)

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