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Instant Handvo

Instant Handvo is a quick and easy version of popular Gujarati snack. This is a no-bake recipe that is made on the stove top.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting Time: 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine gujarati
Servings 6 servings


For Handvo Batter:

  • 1 cup Sooji/ Semolina flour
  • ¼ cup Besan (chickpea flour)
  • 2 ~ 3 Green Chilies, finely chopped
  • 1" Ginger piece, finely grated
  • 1 cup Veggies of choice, grated (I used shredded cabbage and carrot)
  • ½ tsp Ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp Ground Coriander
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • To taste Salt
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 ~ 1½ cups Yogurt
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda

For Tempering:

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds


  • In a mixing bowl, combine sooji, besan, ground cumin & coriander, ginger, green chilies and salt.
  • Mix well. Add shredded vegetables, oil, yogurt and mix well. If the mixture seems too thick, add water little at a time to make a thick pourable batter. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  • When ready to make the handvo, stir in the baking soda into the batter and mix well.
  • Heat oil in a cast iron or other heavy base pan on medium heat. Add the mustard seeds, sesame seeds and curry leaves.
  • Once the seeds start to splutter, pour the prepared batter into the hot pan.
  • Cover and cook on low flame until the bottom is crispy and golden brown, will take about 10~12 minutes. Top of the handvo should be slightly firm at this point.
  • Carefully flip over and cook till the other side is crispy and golden.
  • Serve hot with green chutney.


  • Traditionally bottle gourd or lauki is used in this dish. Peel, grate and use instead of the mixed veggies in the recipe.
  • Leftover handvo can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Microwave until warm before serving.