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Quick Pan Handvo

Quick Pan Handvo -- Recipe to make popular Gujarati snack instantly -- this is a filling and delicious dish that is crispy on the outside and soft inside. Serve with green chutney.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: gujarati
Servings: 4 serving


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

For Tempering:

  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds


  • In a mixing bowl, combine sooji, besan, ground cumin & coriander, ginger, green chilies, 3tbsp oil, shredded vegetables and salt. Mix well and add water slowly to make a thick pour-able batter. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  • When ready to make the handvo, stir in the baking soda into the batter and mix well.
  • Heat 2tbsp 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
  • Mix well and pour the prepared batter into the hot pan.
  • Cover and cook on low flame until the bottom is crispy and golden brown. Carefully flip over and cook till the other side is crispy and golden.
  • Serve hot with green chutney.