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Tuesday, July 22, 2014




3 cups Rice

1 urad dal (white, split)

1/2 cup Chana dal

In a big bowl, add all the above ingredients & wash them 3-4 times thoroughly well in running water.

Soak this overnight at least for 6-8 hours.

Next morning, remove all the water out of the soaked lentils & grind them in small batches.

Add about half a jar of lentils & water just enough to soak them all. Grind to a paste consistency where you get a rava like feel when you rub the batter between a thumb & finger.

In small batches, grind all the batter. Add a cupful of yogurt to the batter, mix thoroughly & leave the mixture undisturbed to ferment.

In summer it takes 8-12 hours for the batter to ferment. In winter, it can take upto 24 hours.


Preheat oven to 450F. Arrange racks to have 1 rack in the middle.

Peel & grate 1 Indian dudhi (squash) or 2 large zucchinis. Add the grated squash in the batter.

Add the following spices to the batter

Salt 4 teaspoons
Turmeric 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic paste 3 tablespoons
Ginger paste 1.5 tablespoons
Green chilli paste 1 tablespoon
Lemon juice 2 teaspoons
Baking soda 1/4 teaspoon
Sugar (optional) if you want to make it little sweet 3-4 tablespoons

Mix all the spices in the batter by stirring very well. Check the taste of the batter & adjust spices to your taste.

Grease a bundt pan completely right to the top & the center portion.

Pour the batter very slowly in the bundt pan. Gently tap the bundt pan to even the mixture.

Heat 1/2 cup oil for tempering. when it is hot, add 1 tablespoon mustard seeds, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, 1/4 teaspoon asafetida, 2 dry red chillies cut in 4 parts.

Pour the hot tempering on the top layer of the batter all around. Take a spoon, scoop all the red chillies inside the batter so they don't burn. Swirl the hot tempering lightly inside the batter too leaving some tempering on the top layer too.

Place the bundt pan in the center on the middle rack. Bake for 15 minutes on 450F. Reduce temperature to 350F & bake for another 40-45 mins till the batter is completely baked. Insert a toothpick or tip of sharp knife, it should come out clean.

Remove the baked handvo from the oven. Let it cool on the counter for another 1 to 1.5 hours.

Run a butter knife on the edges of the bundt pan .. Cut into slices, serve warm as is or drizzle sesame oil over it & serve or serve with cilantro chutney.

Prepare & enjoy !!!

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