Moong Dal Handvo

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Handvo is a popular savoury cake among the natives of Gujarat.  Tried this recipe from Tarla Dalal's Non-Fried Snacks Recipe Book. Came out wonderful. Fool-Proof Recipe, no way u will go wrong!!!!

You have 2 ways to cook it, one using the non-stick pan and other way is to bake it. I tried both, worked well.

1 cup yello moong dal
2 tbsp semolina or rawa
1/4 cup grated carrots
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander
1 tbsp fresh curd
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
salt to taste
2 tsp fruit salt
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp asafoetida

Wash and soak moong dal in enough water for 3 to 4 hous. Drain and blend in a mixer into a smooth paste.
Combine the moong dal paste, semolina, carrots, coriander, curds, sugar, ginger-chilli paste and salt together in a bowl and mix well to make a batter.

Just before serving, sprinkle the fruit salt and add 2 tsp of water over it. When the bubbles form, mix gently, Keep aside.

Heat oil in a non-stick kadhai and add the mustard seeds, when the seeds crackle, add the sesame seeds and asafoeitda and saute in a medium flame for a few seconds, while stirring continuously. Pour the batter and spread it evenly to make a thick layer, cover and cook on a slow flame for 7 to 8 minutes or till the base turns golden brown in color and crisp.  Lift the handvo gently using 2 large flat spoons and turn it over tot the other side. Cover and cook on a slow flame for another 5-7 minutes or till it turns golden brown in colour.  

Cool slightly and cut into equal rectangular pieces and servber immediately.

For Baked Handvo
Simply pour the batter in a greased baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven @ 200 C (400 F) for 30 -35 minutes.

Mine was done @ 35. To check the doneness of the handvo, insert a toothpick in the center of the handvo, if it comesclean, its done.

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  1. Handvo looks fantastic, i have never tried this nutritious packed dish, will give a try soon..

  2. Wow....being non gujarati you've made fantastic Handvo...great job done!! never tried making with moong on my list...

  3. Fabulous..would love to try the baked version :-)

  4. Handvo looks delicious and tasty.

  5. Great Dear.I have got another breakfast or evening tiffin recipe for my family.Thanks for sharing.

  6. That looks absolutly mouth watering, Priya.


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