Recipe for Handwo: A Steamed Lentil dish
Handwo is a savoury rice and lentil cake that is served as breakfast or a snack. This recipe hails from the state of Gujarat in Western India.
The rice and lentils are soaked, ground and fermented. The batter is then fortified with vegetables, spiced and steamed. The result is a beautiful savory cake, very high in protein and fibre, low in fat and absolutely divine to taste.
For all the plus points, handwo does need a fair bit of preparation-which is best left to the weekends.
Let me run you through the ingredients- and don’t let the long list bog you. I’m sure most of the ingredients can be found in the pantry of an Indian kitchen / or easily available in an Indian store.
More vegetarian recipes from the state of Gujarat
Pudla – Savoury crepes made using chickpea flour
Methi na dhebra – rustic flatbread
Fajeto – Ripe mango and yogurt curry