How to make Handvo -

Mrs Alyona Kapoor shares her secret home recipe of steamed handvo.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Rice (चावल), Gram flour (besan) (बेसन)

Cuisine : Indian, Gujarati

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 7-8 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Handvo Recipe

  • Rice 1 cup

  • Gram flour (besan) 1/2 cup

  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Yogurt 1 cup

  • Onion ,grated 1 medium

  • Cabbage ,grated 2 tablespoons

  • Bottle gourd (lauki/doodhi) ,grated 2 tablespoons

  • Oil 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • White sesame seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Dried red chillies ,broken 2-3

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder a pinch

  • Asafoetida a pinch

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Bay leaf 1

  • Ginger-green chilli paste 1/2 teaspoon

  • Baking soda 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Coarsely grind together rice, gram flour and black gram with salt in a food processor and transfer into a mixing bowl. Add 1 cup warm water and yogurt and mix well to make a smooth handwo batter. Cover the bowl and let it ferment overnight.

Step 2

Add onion, cabbage and bottle gourd to the batter and mix well.

Step 3

For the tempering, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick pan. Add mustard seeds, and when they begin to splutter, add sesame seeds, broken red chillies, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida, curry leaves and bay leaf and sauté for 30 seconds.

Step 4

Add this tempering to the handwo batter and mix well. Discard the bay leaf. Add ginger-green chilli paste, salt and baking soda and mix well.

Step 5

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in another non-stick pan. Pour the batter into the pan, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes on medium heat.

Step 6

Flip the handwo, cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes on medium heat.

Step 7

Remove from heat, place the handvo on the chopping board and cut into any shape of your choice. Arrange the pieces on a serving platter and serve immediately.

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