1/4 cup toovar (arhar) dal
1 tbsp urad dal (split black lentils)
1 tbsp green moong dal (split green gram)
1 tbsp chana dal (split bengal gram)
1/2 cup rice (chawal)
1 tbsp whole wheat (gehun) (optional)
1/4 cup sour curds (khatta dahi)
3/4 cup grated bottle gourd (doodhi / lauki)
3 tsp oil
2 tsp lemon juice
a pinch of soda bi-carb
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
salt to taste
1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1/2 tsp sesame seeds (til)
1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1.Clean, wash and soak the dals, rice and whole wheat together in enough water for atleast 4 to 5 hours. Drain and keep aside.
2.Blend the dals, rice and whole wheat in a mixer to a smooth mixture.
3.Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the curds and mix well. Cover and keep aside to ferment overnight.
4.Add the bottle gourd, 1 tsp oil, lemon juice, soda bi-carb, sugar, chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger-green chilli paste and salt and mix well. Keep aside.
5.Heat the remaining 2 tsp of oil in a non-stick kadhai and add the mustard seeds.
6.When the seeds crackle, add the sesame seeds, carom seeds and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
7.Pour half the batter evenly to make a thick layer.
8.Cover and cook on a slow flame 9 minutes or till the base turns golden brown in colour and crisp.
9.Lift the handvo gently using 2 large flat spoons and turn it over to the other side.
10.Cover and cook on a slow flame for another 7 minutes or till it turns golden brown in colour.
11.Cool slightly and cut into square pieces.
12.Repeat the steps 7 to 11 to make one more handvo.
1.For making mini handvos, divide the same mixture into 4 equal portions and pour each portion into a small non-stick kadhai or a pan and spread it evenly to make a thin layer. Cover and cook on a slow flame till both sides turn golden brown in colour and crisp. This allows more uniform and much quick
For baked handvo:
1.You can also cook the handvo in an oven. Simply pour the batter into a greased baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200ºc (400ºf) for 30 to 35 minutes or till the crust is golden brown in colour.