A Savoury Cake For Christmas


Yesterday I had an appointment at my Dentist to have a wisdom tooth taken out! Ouch!!! I’m ok, but can’t wait to eat again normally. Though my Mum as lovely and considerate as she always is! Made me this wonderful sour spiced savoury cake. So fluffy and soft that I was able to enjoy it!

Known as Handvo it is a baked dish with various lentil and rice flours, sesame seeds and spices. A traditional Gujarati recipe allows for it to ferment for a few hours but this particular recipe, is my Mum’s very own instant handvo mix. She makes it frequently and very often takes it over to friends and family. Everyone who eats it always asks for this gorgeous recipe, so I took the chance to share this with everyone!


I definitely get my love of food and cooking from both my parents but my Mum has a knack to distinguish flavours from dishes she may eat at a restaurant and very much replicates it at home. You can see her mind ticking as she is tasting various dishes and her amazing palette is taking it all in. This way I have always had a variety of different foods that our Mum has brought us up on. I now too am able to do the same for my family! Thanks Mum for all that you do! Love you xxxx



2 cups coarse semolina
2 tbsp wheatflour
2 tbsp rice flour
2 tbsp yellow corn flour
2 tbsp gram flour
½ cup sunflower oil
1 cup sour natural yoghurt
½ cup frozen peas
¾ cup frozen sweetcorn
Handful of chopped fenugreek leaves
1 medium potato grated
1 medium onion grated
1 courgette grated
1 green chilli finely sliced
2 cloves garlic crushed
1½ tsp grated ginger
1½ tsp salt or to taste
3 tbsp Eno fruit salt
Sesame seeds


• Preheat oven to 180°c/350°f and lightly grease a deep rectangular oven dish (lasagne dish)

• In a large mixing bowl combine all the different flours, add all the other ingredients apart from the eno and stir as you go along. Ensuring all is mixed well

• Add in the eno and a little water to form a drop like consistency, mix quickly and transfer into a greased deep rectangular oven dish, sprinkle with a handful of sesame seeds

• Place in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until top is nice and golden and when poked the skewer comes out clean

• Leave to cool in the dish and after 10 minutes slice up into chunks



17 thoughts on “A Savoury Cake For Christmas

  1. Feel better soon lovely! I’ve had all 4 of mine taken out in one go and I know how horrible it is! Your mum’s cake sounds amazing. Can’t say I’ve ever had anything like it so I must put it on my ‘to try’ list!

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