How to make Moong and Palak Handvo -

Handvo is a traditional and very popular Gujarati snack that spells of good nutrition

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Tata Sampann Moong Dal Chilka, Spinach (पालक)

Cuisine : Gujarati

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Moong and Palak Handvo

Moong and Palak Handvo Recipe Card


Gujarat has long stretches of unspoilt coastline and an endless supply of fish and shell fish. But strict Jainism in the past and orthodox Hinduism today has encouraged widespread vegetarianism.  The Gujarati cuisine is not heavily spiced but slightly sweeter than the cuisines of the neighbouring states.
Gujarati food is distinctively vegetarian with about 65% of its population shunning the meat.  The remaining 35% of the state’s population consists of Bohra Muslims and Parsis. Bohra Muslims are the followers of Abdullah who were Hindus who adopted Muslim religion.  The Parsi cuisine on the other hand is a blend of western influences.

Prep Time : 3.30-4 hour

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Moong and Palak Handvo Recipe

  • Tata Sampann Moong Dal Chilka 1 3/4 cups

  • Spinach blanched 1/2 medium bunches

  • Spinach leaves shredded 12-15

  • Oats flour 2 tablespoons

  • Sweetcorn boiled 1/2 cup

  • Green peas boiled 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander-cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Sugar 2 teaspoons

  • Green chillies crushed 2-3

  • Fruit salt 2 teaspoons

  • Oil 4 teaspoons

  • Mustard seeds 2 teaspoons

  • White sesame seeds 4 teaspoons

  • Tomato ketchup to serve


Step 1

Take Tata Sampann Moong Dal Chilka in a bowl and add sufficient water. Soak for 2-3 hours.

Step 2

Drain and put the Moong Dal into a blender jar and add blanched spinach and oats flour. Add a little water and blend to a slightly coarse mixture. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl.

Step 3

Add sweetcorn, green peas, shredded spinach leaves, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander-cumin powder, garam masala powder, lemon juice, sugar and green chillies and mix well. Add 2-3 tbsps water and mix well.

Step 4

Heat a non-stick shallow pan. Add fruit salt to the mixture and mix well.

Step 5

For each portion, heat 1 tsp oil in the pan, add ½ tsp mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add 1 tsp sesame seeds and toast them lightly. Pour a ladle of the batter and spread it slightly. Cover and cook on low heat till the underside becomes crisp. Flip the handvo, cover and cook till the other side becomes crisp.

Step 6

Cut each handvo into 4 triangles and arrange them on a serving plate and serve hot with tomato ketchup.

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