Handvo/ lentils and rice pancake.

Handvo is a lentil and rice pancake from the Gujarati cuisine. Extremely delicious and nutritious too. You may use one or more vegetables as per preference. Here I have used only bottle gourd and carrot. You can serve it with a coriander or garlic chutney or even eat as is as it’s so flavourful.


1.5 cups of rice

1cup Bengal gram dal/ Chana dal

1/2 cup Arhar dal/ split pigeon peas

1/2 cup moong dal/ green gram dal

1/2 cup urad dal/ split black gram

1/2 cup curds

1/4 cup poha/ flattened rice

200 gms Bottle gourd grated

1 carrot grated

2 tbsps ginger, garlic, green chilly paste.

A small bunch of coriander leaves finely chopped… Around 1/4 cup.


2 tbsps sugar

1tsp Eno fruit salt

1/2 tsp Hing/ asafoetida

1/4 tsp Turmeric powder

2tbsps oil

For tempering:

2 tbsps oil

1tsp mustard seeds

1tsp cumin seeds

1tsp sesame seeds

A few curry leaves


Wash the rice and dals well. Soak for around 5 hours. Soak the poha too in half a glass of water separately. After five hours drain the water and tip the rice and dal mixture along with the curds and poha into the mixer and grind to a semolina like consistency adding just half a glass of water. The batter should be of dropping consistency. Tip it into a bowl. Add salt. Mix well and allow to ferment for six to seven hours. Add the grated carrot, bottle gourd, ginger, garlic, green chilly paste, hing, sugar, Eno fruit salt, coriander leaves and the turmeric powder. Mix well and divide into four portions. This measurement makes four pancakes. The tempering given is for two pancakes which can be simultaneously made on two burners.

Heat two kadhai/pan. Non stick is preferable as the Handvo comes out clean. Add a tbsp of oil. Drop in half tsp mustard, half tsp cumin seeds, half tsp sesame seeds and a few curry leaves. As they stop crackling pour in one fourth quantity of the batter. Repeat the same into the other pan as well. Cover and cook for five minutes or till the base turns a nice deep brown. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle a few sesame seeds and flip. Roast the other side as well. Remove and serve hot with chutney of choice.

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