Friday, 9 May 2008

Weekend Lunch Series: Spinach-Zucchini Handvoh

Perfect for weekend lunches or brunches.....this Spinach and Zucchini Handvoh really hits the spot. This is one of my favorites for weekend and this time, I added Spinach and Zucchini. Spinach and the zucchini will make this handvoh extra soft. You can add fenugreek, Opo squash, grated potatoes, onions, corn for a variation.

I made this out of the ready made Handvoh mix, which is available at most Indian grocery stores.

Here are the rest of the ingredients.

3 cups - store bought handvoh flour

A container of plain, preferably sour, yogurt,

Salt and Sugar to taste,¾ tsp. asafetida

2-3 tbsp. ginger-garlic-chili paste, 1 tbsp Ajwain Seeds,
1-1.5 tsp. turmeric,
3 tbsp. chopped cilantro
2 handfuls + 1 tbsp. white sesame seeds
juice from 1 lime
1 tbsp. peanut oil (can substitute with safflower or vegetable oil)
2 heaped teaspoons black mustard seeds, 2tbsp - Semolina,
handful of curry leaves
½ tsp. baking soda or ENO

1 bag- chopped baby spinach
2 medium zucchinis - grated
1 onion - made into a paste. You can grind this along with the ginger-garlic and chilies.

Mix 3 cups handvo flour with the yogurt, and ajwain seeds in a large steel bowl; leave out overnight to ferment. You may leave it in the oven with the pilot light on.

Preheat the oven to 350F when ready to bake.

The next day, add the salt, sugar, turmeric, ginger-garlic-chili-onion paste, chopped spinach, grated zucchini, 1 tbsp sesame seeds, semolina,and the cilantro. Adjust the seasoning to your taste. The batter should be of a medium consistency, not too thick and not too thin.

Grease a 15x10 baking dish with some cooking spray. Pour the batter in the dish. Now, here's a tricky part. In the middle of the batter, add the Eno or baking soda, then add the juice of the lemon. Let it bubble up and the mix the batter lightly. Let it rest while you add the tempering.

Meanwhile, heat the oil, when hot,add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, and some sesame seeds and the asafoetida. Pour over the batter and mix it in. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes. Towards the end, turn the grill feature in your oven on and let it brown a bit.

Serve hot with some masala tea, pickles, yogurt or however you like. Enjoy.


Sia said...

trupti, u simply rock girl:) what a healthy treats u r coming up with. this was the main reason why i missed ur posts:) and u do love courgettes, dont ya? :D

Sia said...

and checked the benefits of apple cidar vinegar :D thanks sweetie:)

Leena Ajgaonkar Goutam said...

Hey ...
This is a great healthy recipe..
I loved the 'baked' factor :)
Thanks Trupti !!!

Pooja said...

handavo mast lage chhe :) . ekdum healthy . thanks for a completely new twist with handavo . shall try this soon. i have some handava flour already :) .
Mane bija blog nu invitation malyu nathi :( . farithi moklish ?

Medhaa said...

This looks delicious. Never tried making them before.

I have tagged you for Top 10 Pictures Meme, You can participate if you are interested.

bee said...

looks fantastic. to maximise the calcium absorption from sesame seeds, we grind them in a spice grinder

i read it here.

ground flax would be a great topping too.

Anonymous said...

Looks great!! I'm not familiar with Handvoh flour though.... Is it known by another name maybe?


Vani said...

Looks lovely, T! How did your move go? Did u move within the same province? How are kids doing? They must've thought it was all exciting, right? :)
Take care! Good luck in getting settled soon!

Bong Mom said...

This is really healthy, though I haven't had "handvo"

TheCooker said...

So good to have you back.

Shweta said...

That's some great looking handvoh. I tried your sooji dhoklas, we loved them. I just finished posting about the dhoklas. Thanks for the great recipe Trupti!

Uma said...

they look gorgeous.

Madhavi said...

I love handvoh, this one looks awesome, very nice recipe, delicious, thnaxxx for sharing !!!

J said...

I too got handvo atta from the grocery, it's now time to use it! :)

Pooja said...

happy mothers day Trupti. tu kharekhar ek Supermom chhe :) . hugs to you .

Hetal said...

thanks dear and it was very tasty....hey this is a very different typr of handwo,will try it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Trupti,
Thanks for stopping by!
I've been meaning to make handvo with the lote my mother-in-law sent, and now your post is egging me on!
Great blog, and a great reference for a Gujju food beginner like me!

Beyond Curries said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Trupti. Even we used to live in Winnipeg, MB 2 years back.

I've not heard about this dish before but it surely looks tasty as well as healthy. Where can I get the flour? Is it available in the regular grocery store or any speciality store?

Thank You.

Lakshmi said...

Handvoh looks nice and baking part is the best. I thot your blog was a invite to read only :( so did not come here. I missed all those gujju dishes from your blog.

Raaga said...

have never made or eaten handvo although I've been wanting to try! :-)

Devi Priya said...

Looks yummy Trupti. I have never made Handvo. Will try this some time.

Alpa said...

Love how you managed to sneak in the spinach! My mom uses fresh mehthi and dudhi in hers. For some reason, mine get sort of hard, even though I use leftover dhokla batter for this. I will give your recipe a go!

Archana Doshi said...

This is so perfect. I love hando and you have made a unique combination. I would love for you to send the recipe to the ONE DISH MEAL event I am hosting. The details of the event are at the link below

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