Gujarati Handvo and Cornmeal Cake

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Total Time:
8 hours
Nutrition facts:

240 calories calories, 9 grams fat

Category: Festive Recipe
Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Steam Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 2 cups - handvo flour (or cornmeal, as a second option)
  • 1/2 cup - Bottle Gourd or Zucchini
  • 3 tsp - shredded Carrot
  • 1/4 cup - Fenugreek leaves
  • 1/4 cup - Spinach leaves (optional)
  • 2 - green chillies, finely chopped
  • 4 to 5 - Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp - Ginger paste
  • 3 cups - buttermilk (or yogurt mixed with water)
  • 1 tsp - soda bi carb (fruit salt)
  • increase it by 1/2 tsp if you don't feel its frothy enough
  • 1 tsp - each urad and Channa dal
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp - Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp - Sugar (optional)
  • For Tempering:
  • 1 tsp - Mustard Seeds
  • 2 tsp - sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp - oil

How to Make Gujarati Handvo and Cornmeal Cake

  • Take buttermilk in a large vessel.
  • Add salt, bi-carbonate of soda and flour and mix well.
  • As the mixture begins to froth, cover and set aside for 6-7 hours for fermentation.
  • Grate the bottle-gourd or zucchini and squeeze out all excess water.
  • Do this after the fermentation is done, as leaving bottle-gourd in air oxidizes it and makes it turn brown.
  • Now add all the vegetables, bottle-gourd, spices and green chillies to the flour mixture.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add urad and channa dals, and the mustard seeds.
  • Allow to splutter, then pour half of it into the batter and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour the mixture into a steel or aluminium container.
  • Place in a steam cooker and cook like idlis, for about 25-30 mins, then check to make sure it's cooked through.
  • Remove from flame and keep it covered for another 7-10 mins.
  • Once cooled, you can slice it into wedges.