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HANDVO - Quick & easy steam cake


  • 1 cup semolina (suji/rawa)

  • 1/2 cup gram flour

  • 1/2 cup peas

  • 1/2 cup sweet corn

  • 1/4 cup bottle gourd, chopped finely

  • 1/4 cup carrots, diced

  • 1 small capsicum , diced

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1 green chilli (or more according to your taste) chopped finely

  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar

  • 2 tbsp coriander, chopped finely

  • Juice of 2 lemons

  • Salt as per taste

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

  • 6-8 curry leaves

  • 2-4 dry red chillies

  • 1 tsp red chilli powder

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tsp Eno


  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil

  • 1-2 tsp mustard seeds

  • 2 -3 tbsp sesame seeds


1 Prepare the metal steamer by adding water and bringing to boil.

2 Grease an approx 9 inch round and approx 2 inch deep steel plate with oil ready for the Handvo batter.

3 For the batter mix together the semolina, gram flour, peas, sweet corn, all the chopped vegetables, green chillies, coriander, lemon juice, salt and turmeric.

4 In a small saucepan heat oil and add mustard seeds when the seeds start to crackle add curry leaves, dry red chillies, red chilli powder and 1 cup water. Pour this mixture into the batter mix.

5 Make sure the water in the steamer is boiling before you prepare the last step.

6 Finally add Eno to the batter mix and stir continuously for a few seconds until the mixture is light and fluffy. Immediately pour into the greased dish and spread to an even layer.

7 Steam for 20 minutes and then leave to cool slightly before Tempering.


Heat the oil, add the mustard and sesame seeds and wait till they crackle and then pour this evenly over the top of the Handvo.

Cut into slices.

Handvo is best served with Green Chutney/ Chilli Sauce/Ketchup

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