Ondhwa or handvoh Spicy Lentil Cake is made with a mixture of lentil and rice flour. Most Indian shops sell this mixture as “Ondhwa mix”. This dish was very popular among Gujaratis who lived in East Africa. It’s usually served as a snack with tea and chutney. In my opinion, it is a meal on its own as it has all the lentils and rice plus the vegetables and yoghurt. Its another versatile dish which can be served hot or cold at any time.
Ingredients (serves 6):
- 5 cups of Ondhwa flour ( or lentils such as Urad dall, chana dall, tuverdall and rice flour soaked overnight and blended).
- 1 cup semolina
- half cup strong wheat flour
- 1 cup yoghurt preferably sour (if not, you can always add lemon to the yoghurt.
- 2 small potatoes
- 1 medium onion
- 1 Carrot
- 1 cup white & purple cabbage (optional)
- 1 or 2 fresh green chillies chopped finely
- 1 teaspoon crushed ginger
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1 cup cooking oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 cloves
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 3 or 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon soda bicarbonate
1. Mix the Ondhwa flour, plus the semolina and strong flour with sour yoghurt to form a firm mixture. Cover it and keep it overnight in a warm place.
4. Mix the soda bicarbonate with a half cup of warm water and add to the mixture. The mixture should start to rise.