Mixed dal handvo is a traditional gujarati savoury cake, which is a nutritious meal in its own right.It is made from rice, lentils and vegetables like bottle gourd (lauki), carrot, spinach, beetroot. You can add any vegetables of your choice but bottle gourd is the must vegetable in the handvo as it imparts the required softness to the handvo – such that it is crisp outside but soft inside.The handvo taste also comes from its tempering made from sesame seed, mustard seed, curry leaves and asafoetida.
Here we have made baked version of handvo but we can prepare this in pan, kadhai, special handvo cooker which ever is convenient to you.
Vegetable Cake /Handvo
Clean, wash and soak the dals and rice separately in enough water for at least 4 to 5 hours. Drain and keep aside.
Blend the dals, rice in a mixer to a smooth mixture.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the curds and mix well. Cover and keep aside to ferment overnight.
After the fermentation the batter will have tiny bubbles
Add the bottle gourd, carrot, spinach, lemon juice,coriander leaves, green chilli and ginger and mix well.
Add chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and mix again
Add baking soda to the above batter and mix well.
Prepare the tempering by adding mustard seed, sesame seed, asafoetida and curry leave in a hot oil.
Mix the half of the above tempering in the batter.
Transfer the batter to the greased tin and pour the rest tempering on top of the batter.
Bake the batter for 50 mins at 180 degree in pre heated oven.
Handvo is ready to be served with cutney
If you like handvo even more crispy, cut the handvo cake into medium pieces and stir fry in a pan with some oil. The outer crust will become very crispy and it will taste amazing.