Handvo made with Idli Batter


 

Handvo is a savoury vegetable cake that is a popular Gujrati food. It is a mix of fermented lentils and rice which is loaded with vegetables and cooked. It is a simple and easy dish that is healthy and nutritious that is great for breakfast and lunch box.

Typically, to make handvo, the lentils are soaked, ground and fermented; but here I am using idli batter and adding a few other lentils to it. It’s a great way to make a variation of regular idli or use up any extra idli batter. Traditionally, bottle gourd and fenugreek leaves are added in handvo, but you may add vegetables of your choice. In this recipe, I have used spinach and carrots. This crispy from outside, soft and melt-in-mouth from inside savoury cake is a must-try.

Handvo with idli batter

Shilpa
Handvo is a savoury vegetable cake that is a popular Gujrati food. It is a mix of fermented lentils and rice which is loaded with vegetables and cooked.
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

For the batter

  • 2 cups idli batter see notes
  • ½ cup toor dal (pigeon pea lentil)
  • ½ cup chana dal (Bengal gram)
  • 3-4 green chillies as per taste
  • 1 inch ginger piece grated
  • 2-3 cloves garlic grated
  • ½ cup spinach cleaned and chopped
  • 2 small carrots grated
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste

For the tempering

  • 5 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp hing (asafotida)

Instructions
 

  • Soak toor dal and chana dal for 5-6 hours or overnight
  • Wash them thoroughly and grind into a thick paste along with green chillies
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add ginger and garlic, and saute well
  • Add chopped spinach and saute until it shrinks and is cooked. Let it cool down completely
  • Combine together all ingredients of handvo batter along with cooked spinach
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add mustard
  • Once it crackles, add hing and sesame seeds
  • Carefully pour the handvo batter
  • Cover and let it cook for 15-18 minutes on low to medium flame
  • Once it is cooked and the sides are browned, carefully flip the handvo
  • Cover and cook for a further 8-10 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check if it is completely cooked
  • Transfer to a plate, slice and serve

Notes

Click here to see the recipe for idli batter.
Keyword Easy recipe, Fermented food, Healthy

Handvo made with idli batter step-by-step recipe with photos

  1. Grind soaked lentils and green chillies into a thick paste

2. Saute spinach along with ginger and garlic

3. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl

4. Mix well. Handvo batter is ready

5. Prepare the tempering in a non-stick pan

6. Pour handvo batter and let it cook

7. Carefully flip it to cook on the other side

8. Serve warm handvo on its own or with chutney