In recent years there seems to be a rising interest among Indian bakers, towards gluten free foods and bakes. And while we scour the internet and experiment with various flours, one of our very own age old recipes chuckles quietly in the corner, wondering what the fuss is all about.
Yes the Handvo which is a popular Gujarati savory rice and lentil cake of sorts, has been delighting both gluten tolerant and intolerant people alike over the ages and as an added bonus, is high in protein, incorporates vegetables of choice and is a whole meal unto itself. And yes it can be made sugar free and is veganisable, clearly ticking most of the boxes that people want to tick in these times. Really, why would anyone need to look any further?
And though this analogy may seem far fetched, I do feel like likening this to the couplet by the famous saint and poet Kabir, which says that the musk deer goes hither and thither in search of the fragrance that it smells, while all the while failing to realize that it is emanating from its own glands.
Ok let us save the philosophical lecture for another day and focus now on the recipe because though it is a pretty straightforward process, there are many ingredients to put together and I will need you to give me your full attention.
But first say hi to the dish that you are going to create today.