How to Make Instant Pan Handvo (Vegetable Semolina Pancake)

Updated on August 14, 2018
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Pan Handvo
Pan Handvo

A Scrumptious Breakfast in Twenty Minutes!

Handvo is a steamed dish that originated in the state of Gujarat, India. People make different types of handvo using idli batter, semolina, or handvo flour itself. A few varieties require the batter to be fermented, but a few you can make right away.

The handvo I am showing at present is an instant one. Semolina (Rava), chickpea flour, curds, vegetables, and a few fresh spices are the chief ingredients to make this dish.

You need not ferment the batter to make the instant handvo. This pancake is delicious, soft, and balanced. Just combine the ingredients as per directions and make the batter. Next, cook it. I made this in twenty minutes.

Serve slices as they are or accompanied by tomato ketchup. To be frank, they don't need any side dish to eat with.

Let's now find out how to make the instant pan handvo.

5 stars for Instant Pan Handvo(Vegetable Semolina Pancake)

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves three people

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup semolina(rava), or medium sized sooji
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 1/4 cup curds
  • 1 tsp cumin-coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger-green chili-garlic paste, I used 2 chilies, 4 garlic cloves, and an inch ginger
  • 2 tsp oil, for the batter
  • 2 tbsp peanuts, crushed
  • 1/2 cup bottle gourd, peeled, grated
  • 2 tbsp carrots, peeled, grated
  • 1 tbsp capsicum, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp curry leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cooking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp oil, for the tempering
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp hing/asafoetida powder

Step-By-Instructions and Images for Making Instant Pan Handvo

  1. Crush ginger, garlic, and green chilies in a blender or mortar-pestle. Keep aside.
  2. Dry saute peanuts until they are crispy. When cold, crush them a bit. Keep aside.
  3. Take a large mixing bowl. Add all the dry ingredients like semolina, chickpea flour(gram flour), hing powder, cooking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Next, add curds, ginger-garlic-green chili paste, cumin-coriander powder, grated bottle gourd, grated carrots, finely chopped capsicum, chopped coriander, sugar, oil, turmeric powder, and crushed peanuts.
  5. Mix thoroughly. If the batter is too thick, add 2-3 tablespoons of water. Mix once. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  6. In the meanwhile, heat a medium-sized non-stick pan. Add two teaspoons of oil. Throw in mustard seeds, half portion of sesame seeds, and chopped curry leaves.
  7. Let the mustard and sesame crackle. Pour the handvo batter into the pan. Spread it a little. Spread the remaining sesame seeds on the top. Keep the heat medium-low. Cover the pan.
  8. Observe the pan often to find out whether the pancake gets golden brown in the bottom.
  9. Flip it carefully. Add a few drops of oil to the bottom and the edges. Let the other side also get cooked and become crispy.
  10. The cooking takes about 15 minutes over low flame. Turn off the heat. Immerse the pan on a plate. Cut the handvo into four slices.
  11. Serve the slices as is. They are delicious on their own. If you wish, eat them with tomato ketchup.
  12. Handvo is a healthy snack you can also carry in your lunch box. It tastes awesome even when cold.

Step one: Make a coarse paste of ginger, garlic, and green chilies. Keep aside.
Step one: Make a coarse paste of ginger, garlic, and green chilies. Keep aside.
Step two: Take all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Step two: Take all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Step three: Add all the wet ingredients. Also, add curds.
Step three: Add all the wet ingredients. Also, add curds.
Step four: Mix thoroughly. Add about 3 tablespoons of water. Check the batter consistency. For making handvo, the batter should be moderately thick, just as idli batter. Keep aside.
Step four: Mix thoroughly. Add about 3 tablespoons of water. Check the batter consistency. For making handvo, the batter should be moderately thick, just as idli batter. Keep aside.
Step five: Add two tablespoons of oil into a non-stick pan. Throw in mustard seeds, curry leaves, and sesame seeds. Saute until mustard pops up.
Step five: Add two tablespoons of oil into a non-stick pan. Throw in mustard seeds, curry leaves, and sesame seeds. Saute until mustard pops up.
Step six: Spread the tempering evenly. Pour the handvo batter in the center. Spread it a little and flatten the top. Add some sesame seeds on the top.
Step six: Spread the tempering evenly. Pour the handvo batter in the center. Spread it a little and flatten the top. Add some sesame seeds on the top.
Keep the heat medium-low. Add a few drops of oil on the top. Cover the pan, and cook for about 10 minutes or until the bottom part becomes golden brown and crispy. Check it often to ensure the not burning of handvo in the bottom.
Keep the heat medium-low. Add a few drops of oil on the top. Cover the pan, and cook for about 10 minutes or until the bottom part becomes golden brown and crispy. Check it often to ensure the not burning of handvo in the bottom.
Step seven: Flip it now. Press it a little. Add a few drops of oil on the edges. Let the other side also become crispy and golden brown.
Step seven: Flip it now. Press it a little. Add a few drops of oil on the edges. Let the other side also become crispy and golden brown.
Once done, remove the handvo carefully, and place it on a plate.
Once done, remove the handvo carefully, and place it on a plate.
Divide it into many equal parts. Serve hando as is or accompanied with tomato ketchup. Enjoy the heavenly taste!
Divide it into many equal parts. Serve hando as is or accompanied with tomato ketchup. Enjoy the heavenly taste!

Nutritional Information of Instant Pan Handvo

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 248
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 32 g11%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 202 mg8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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