Piping hot masala Chai (tea) and Handvo tray were arranged on the dining table, we 'the family' were ready to attack the handvo pieces and suddenly husband opened his mouth ' Have you posted handvo recipe on your blog ?' yes, past six years this is the phrase is comes out from husband or kids when they start having their food. 'No..I said, 'What ! Since you started blog and haven't posted Handvo recipe ? you must have made about 60 times in these six years, you must take pictures right now ! We all can wait for you until you take pictures.
There is always a little debate what we should call this dish in our house whenever I prepare handvo, 'No, it's Ondhvo' husband teases me, and I reply 'No, it's Handvo' because husband and his family is from East Africa they call it 'Ondhvo' but anyway now we all call it 'Handvo' Because
"Marriage is a relationship in which, one person is always right and the other is the husband" :P
Every time I prepare handvo, I go into a flash back of the past and I narrate same old story to my kids. It was hot summer night, as routine we girls and our mums go out for a walk and that day we all came back home almost at midnight. When we entered our society, lady of our neighbourhood , sitting outside kneading dough of Bhakhri and tempting aroma was coming from her kitchen. Suddenly we all stopped at her house, and one of the mums asked her ' don't you think so it's too late for cooking ? or are you preparing for us ? :) yep, these sort of light hearted comments were often used in India.
Lady told us that She was hungry, she ate Hnadvo in the evening with Tea, and couldn't sleep, so she wanted to have Shaak and Bhakhri :) Now I totally understand her, because even I can not go to sleep if I have handvo in the evening, so in my house Handvo is only for LUNCH time !
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My mum wasn't too kin on making handvo, but when I started cooking myself Handvo became regular and few tricks or tips I gathered for myself from our neighbours in India.
Shital also suggested that if you are making handvo on the sagdi, please put some piping hot coal on the lid ( thali ) this method will make upper layer of the Handvo nice and crispy. ( see pics )
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If you are lucky enough you can buy 'Handvo Flour' from your local Indian Grocery shop, If you are in India, mix rice and various lentils and take it to your nearest 'Chakkiwala' and ask them that you want 'Hnadvo flour' or If you are like me who can fetch 'Handvo Flour' from the shop, but insists to make Hnadvo with more work, join in the gang. I soak rice and lentils , then grind in my grinder. One of the reason for me to prepare handvo mix at home because shop bought flour is not made with Basmati rice.
Handvo is popular Gujarati item in my family , which mainly I prepare over the weekend, when every member of the family is together and we all take our time to wake up, Also for me it's time to relax as most of the preparation is done previous day, so while Handvo bakes in the oven , I get more time to chill out with the family. My sunny boy loves to devour upper layer which is crunchy. Handvo tastes so delicious while hot, but if it goes cold not to worry it will be still taste awesome, just heat in M/W for few seconds. Handvo also great for a picnic or lunch box.
Weekend is not far away, If you think freshly baked bread aroma is favourite of yours, or you want to enjoy healthy and tasty dish, try this Handvo recipe asap..Maybe my picture quality won't blow you away, but surely my recipe will ..you'll be so glad !
You will need :- Handvo flour mix
- 1 cup rice ( I use Basmati )
- 1 cup various daal ( Toor, Chana, Green Moong and Urad white )
- 1/8 cup jowar-Juvar
- 1 cup very sour yogurt
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp. turmeric
You will need ;- Spices and vegetables
- 1 cup grated dudhi
- 1 tbsp. fresh methi ( optional )
- 1 tsp. methi achar masala
- 1 tbsp. red chilli powder
- 1 tbsp. ginger and green chillies crushed
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2-3 tbsp. sugar
- 3 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves
- Pinch soda bi carb or Eno
You will need :- vaghar ( tempering )
- 3 tbsp. oil
- 1 tsp. mustard seeds
- 1 tsp. cumin seeds
- Pinch hing
- 3-4 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 sprig curry leaves
Method :- Handvo flour mix
Clean, wash and soak rice and all the lentils and soak for 6-8 hours.
Once soaked discard all the water and grind both in a grinder until you get not very smooth but little coarse mixture. ( Like semolina )
Transfer handvo mixture into big pan, add sour yogurt, salt and turmeric.
Mix very well and leave to ferment. ( mixture should get double in size )
Method :- Handvo
Once you are ready to prepare handvo, pre heat oven to gas mark 5 .
Mix all the spices, masala, fresh methi and grated dudhi except Methi achar masala.
If the batter is too thick add few tablespoon of water.
Once well mixed add methi masala and don't mix.
Now prepare vaghar by heating oil in a small pan.
Add seeds and hing, once crackle add curry leaves.
Pour 1 tsp. vaghar on the methi achar powder and mix the handvo mix. ( oh boy , the aroma of this step makes me mad )
Now pour handvo mixture ( batter ) in a baking tray and pour remaining vaghar on top of it.
Generously sprinkle sesame seeds and bake handvo for 45-50 minutes in the pre heated oven or screwer comes out clean.
Once done wait 2-3 minutes and then cut into pieces.
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