Handuvo Or Vegetable Cake


  • For batter
  • Raw Rice - 2 cups
  • Channa dhal - 1 cup
  • Yogurt - 1 1/4 cups
  • Vegetables
  • Shredded Ash Guard or Bottle Guard - 2 cups
  • Chopped methi Leaves - 1 cup
  • Onion And Shredded Carrot (Optional) - 1/2 cup each
  • Chopped coriander leaves (Optional) - 1 cup
  • Green Chili Paste - 3 tspn
  • Ginger Paste - 2 tspn
  • Eno(fruit salt) or Baking Soda - 1 tspn
  • For Seasoning
  • Oil - 4 tbspn
  • White Sesame Seeds - 2 tbspn
  • Dry Red chillies - 4
  • Hing - 1/2 tspn

health tip

This is a balanced food with protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals.

Handuvo Or Vegetable Cake


Handuvo is a Gujarati dish made with shredded vegetables, rice and channa dal. This can be compared with adai from Tamil Nadu. Just like adai, you can also use a combination of toor dal and channa dal in this recipe. The handuvo batter can be made into a uttappam or baked as a cake. In India, Handuvo is prepared on a coal stove with coals placed on top and bottom of the vessel for even crust formation on both ends. If using oven, you may use the broil setting at the end of cooking to achieve the same effect.
  1. Wash and soak the rice and dal for four hours.
  2. Grind it into a coarse paste with little water.
  3. Mix the yogurt and salt to the ground paste. Let it ferment overnight. It won't rise to the top as idli batter. Just letting it sit in a warm place is enough.
  4. Next day add all the ingredients listed as vegetables including baking soda or eno.
  5. In another pan season the oil with the listed seasonings.

    Be wary of adding water while grinding. The batter should not be thin. Adding shredded veggies will make the batter even more thinner. The final product should be at the consistency of cake batter. If lot of water stands at the top after adding veggies, remove some of it with a spoon.
  6. Mix a tablespoon of the seasoned oil to the prepared batter.
    Handuvo flour can be prepared for future use by grinding dry rice and dal and store it in powder form.
  7. Grease a baking pan with oil and fill up 3/4 of the pan with the mix. Spread the remaining seasoned oil evenly on the top(Optional- You can sprinkle some more sesame seeds at this time to give the cake a textured look). Bake it at 375 degrees for 40 minutes and turn the oven to broil for 5 minutes. Depending on the oven and altitude baking time may vary. Check it from time to time by inserting a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean, the Handuvo is done. Then you just need to let the crust form by turning the oven to broil.

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