Nucchina Unde / Steamed Lentil Dumplings | How to make Nucchina Unde / Steamed Lentil Dumplings

By Suma Rowjee  |  26th Aug 2015  |  
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About Nucchina Unde / Steamed Lentil Dumplings Recipe

Delicious protein rich, spicy lentil dumplings eaten with coconut chutney. From the kitchens of South India.

Nucchina Unde / Steamed Lentil Dumplings

Ingredients to make Nucchina Unde / Steamed Lentil Dumplings

  • Bengal Gram Dal - chana dal - 1/2 cup
  • Fresh grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  • green chillies - 8-10
  • Fresh coriander chopped - 1/4 cup
  • hing - A generous pinch
  • Fresh ginger grated - 1 teaspoon
  • turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • salt to taste

How to make Nucchina Unde / Steamed Lentil Dumplings

  1. Wash and soak the lentils for 3-4 hours or even better overnight. Drain and rinse well. Drain out all water again, making sure there is absolutely no water left
  2. Put all the ingredients (no water) in the medium sized jar of your blender and grind at speed 1 for just 10 seconds. Open the lid, mix with a spoon.
  3. The mixture should be coarse, a few whole grains of dal or bits of chilies is just fine. If absolutely needed, process again 5-10 seconds.
  4. If you make a paste of it, you may not love the dumplings.
  5. Taste to check if you need more seasoning like salt or ginger. If necessary, just add more of these to the ground mixture, do not grind the mixture again.
  6. If you need more chilies, either chop fine and add or grind separately and mix.
  7. Lightly grease idli plates. Make about 12 small portions of the mixture and place in the plate, flatten slightly.
  8. Steam on high heat for about 12-14 minutes and check to make sure the dumplings are not doughy. Do not steam much longer as they may feel very dry.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature with coconut chutney.

Reviews for Nucchina Unde / Steamed Lentil Dumplings (8)

Richa Rajadhyaksha3 years ago

Tastes good with chutney. Thanx!

Shivani Teki3 years ago

It will turn hard if nit eaten hot, plus u need to add soda ... apinch is enough so that they are spongy

Sweta Agarwal3 years ago

It does not need fermentation???

jyoti varangaonkar3 years ago

nice one.

razia sk3 years ago

superb 1

Neelu S3 years ago

no soda required? they turn out soft?

Chetana LM4 years ago


Shalini Dubey4 years ago

Looks amazing! Can we make this with toor dal as well?