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Handvo – Indian Savory Snack

Made using fermented rice and lentil batter, Handvo is a specialty of Gujarat made with fresh vegetables, hot chili, and tempered spices. This savory dish has a crunchy, golden-brown crust on the outside and a soft crumb inside. This dish is a great option for potlucks and picnics because of its versatility, serving as a filling breakfast and a tasty meal.

Good for all Doshas

Prep Time: 3 to 4 hour
Total Time: 4 to 5 hour
Serves: 5 to 6 Person



  • 1 ½ cups rice flour
  • 1 ½ cups chick pea flour
  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • 300 ml warm water
  • 1 medium carrot (chopped)
  • 1 medium grated courgette
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • 3 tsp raw brown sugar
  • 1 tsp minced green chillies
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger (grated or paste)
  • 4 Tbsp chopped coriander
  • 3/4 tsp citric acid
  • 3/4 tsp soda bicarbonate (baking soda)

For tempering:


  1. To make a thick batter, combine the rice flour, chickpea flour, yogurt, and water. Allow to soak and ferment for 3-4 hours in a slightly warm kitchen area.
  2. Add the chopped onion, carrot, and courgette to the batter. You can also Grate or blitz the vegetables.
  3. Now take a small pan and heat the oil, add cloves and cassia bark and allow the aroma to release.
  4. Then stir in the mustard and cumin, followed by the asafoetida, turmeric, sesame seeds, and bay leaves. Once aromatic, turn off the heat.
  5. Mix the tempered spices into the batter thoroughly. Add baking soda and mix gently.
  6. Now pour the batter into the pan and top with sesame seeds.
  7. Cover the pan with a plate or a lid. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the top surface looks cooked and the bottom surface turns light brown (this will take around 4-5 minutes).
  8. Flip it gently with a spatula and cook until the other side is golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. & transfer it to a plate.
  9. Handvo can be served with tea or chutney.

Check out the Ayurvedic benefits of ingredients used in this recipe