Grits Handvo – an Indian savory cake

• 2 C Yellow Corn Grits/Polenta (Bobs Red Mill brand) or Millet Rawa or Raagi Rawa
• 1-2 TBS Cream of Wheat (Sooji Optional)
• 1 TBS Chick pea flour or besan as thickening agent (optional)
Or Handva Flour in place of Sooji + Besan
• 2 TBS Flax Meal
• 5 small or 2 large Grated Zucchini
• 1 small Grated Bottle Gourd (Doodhi)
• 1-2 Finely Chopped Onions (Optional)

Masala or Spice Mix:
• 1-2 tsp Dry Achar masala (Optional) or a Spicy blend of Cayenne Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, Red Chili Powder
• 4-5 TBS Dry Methi Kasoori (optional) or 1 C fresh methi leaves
• 2 TBS Toasted Sesame Seeds
• 1/8 Tsp Turmeric
• 1 bunch finely chopped Fresh Coriander
• 1 TBS Grated Ginger
• 6-8 Finely Chopped Green chilies to taste
• Fresh Green Garlic shoots (optional)
• ~2 TBS Lemon juice to taste
• 1 Cup Plant based Yogurt (optional, use water instead)
• ~1/2 – 1C Water
• Salt to taste
• 2 ½ tsp Eno Fruit Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix all above ingredients well except Eno Fruit Salt. Consistency should be similar to Adai batter (cake batter). Set aside for 2 hrs.
  3. Add Eno Fruit Salt just before placing in the oven. Pour about 1 in. deep in a glass or ceramic pan.
  4. Sprinkle Seasoning on top of batter: Dry Roast Curry leaves, sesame seeds, mustard seeds, and hing (asafoetida)
  5. Bake for 50-60 mins or toothpick comes out clean
  6. Broil on High for 1 min. to brown the top or 400F for 1-4 mins.
  7. Should turn out Crispy at the bottom and crispy on top

Recipe courtsey Anjana!
ENJOY with or without Coriander Chutney! Makes a great Snack! Great for school lunch box!