Steamed lentil dumplings | How to make Steamed lentil dumplings

By Usha Nayaka  |  2nd Dec 2015  |  
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About Steamed lentil dumplings Recipe

Steamed lentil dumplings is a healthy south Indian dish prepared with mixed lentils like toor dal, chana dal and moong dal, It is flavored with herbs like dill, coriander, green chilies and coconut with simple spices, to make a delicious and healthy snack. These dumplings are loaded with protein and rich in fiber. Do try and enjoy as a evening snack with coconut chutney or tomato-sauce.

Steamed lentil dumplings

Ingredients to make Steamed lentil dumplings

  • chana dal / Bengal gram – 1 cup
  • Toor dal /pigeon peas – 1/2 cup
  • water as required
  • Moong dal/yellow lintels – 1/2 cup
  • To grind:
  • Soaked and drained lentils
  • coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Green chilies – 3
  • garlic – 6 to 8 cloves (optional)
  • ginger – 1/2 inch chopped
  • clove – 4 to 5
  • cinnamon – 2 small sticks
  • salt to taste
  • Ingredients to mix with the ground paste:
  • onion – 3 medium finely chopped
  • Dill leaves – 1 bunch chopped
  • coriander – 1 bunch chopped
  • mint – 1 bunch chopped
  • coriander powder – 2 tbsp
  • salt to taste

How to make Steamed lentil dumplings

  1. Wash and soak the lentils for 3 hours. Drain the water and grind to a paste. Avoid water, add only if required.
  2. Add chopped onion, herbs and coriander powder to the ground paste, mix together, check and adjust the salt as per your taste and keep it ready.
  3. Divide the lentil mixture into small portions and shape them into small and equal round or oval shaped dumplings.
  4. Grease a pan or steaming plate with little oil or ghee and place the dumplings in it. Steam the dumplings in a pressure cooker or a steamer for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve hot steamed hot lentil dumplings with coconut chutney or tomato sauce or with ghee

My Tip:

You can substitute the moong dal with equal quantity of toor dal or chana dal. You can add ginger and skip garlic or any other spices to adjust your taste and flavor. Very important – grind the mixture without adding water. I have used home made coriander powder which is dry roasted and powdered. Arrange the prepared dumplings so that it should not touch each other and then steam.

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