Snack Time: Handvo

Nearly everyday in the evening (precisely between 4 and 5 pm) everyone feels a a bit peckish and our hand reaches out to those convenient bag of chips or biscuits. Here's something healthy to try instead- bottle gourd and mixed dal handvo. It is a Gujarati speciality often served as a side dish, but often as a meal itself. Try it.


  • 2 large tbsp of wheat flour
  • 5 tbsp of rice flour
  • 4 tbsp of split bengal gram flour (chane ka atta)
  • 4 tbsp of  white urad dal flour (white gram flour)
  • A small piece of bottle gourd or lauki grated
  • 1/2 cup sour curd
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 inch piece ginger
  • 3 green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp carom seedsSalt to taste
  • juice of one lime

  • Coarse grind mustard seeds, carom seed, ginger, sesame seeds, chilies with the lemon juice.
  • In a large bowl mix all the flours, grated lauki curd, water the ground spices and mix well.
  • Let the mixture stay out for 2-3 hours. Add salt to the mixture before you steam it because salt may cause lauki to leave water and make the mixture watery.
  • Pour the mixture into a shallow dish as shown in the picture, place it in an idli cooker and steam for 30 minutes on low heat.
  • Cut it into pieces when it is cooled and serve with mint and coriander chutney.

Are there any variations to the handvo you make? Leave a comment and let me know.


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