Steamed lentil dumplings (Nuchina Unde) 2


 

Nuchina unde or steamed lentil dumpling is a healthy snack popular in the state of Karnataka. ‘Nuchu’ means broken and unde means ball or dumpling. In this recipe, the dal is broken by coarsely grinding it and is then shaped into dumplings and steamed in an idli stand. This healthy guilt-free snack is easy to make and tastes very similar to masala vadas or ambode. Nuchina unde tastes great with majjige huli, which is a yogurt based curry. You may add dill leaves but I have skipped it.

This traditional dish is made during festivals too. Do try this less-known dish for a delicious, healthy snack.

 

Ingredients:

Bengal gram or chana dal – 1 cup
Pigeon pea or toor dal – ¾ cup
Coconut – ¼ cup, grated
Ginger – 1 inch, grated
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Green chilli – 3-4 or as per taste
Onions – 1 large, finely chopped
Coriander leaves – a handful, finely chopped
Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Soak chana dal and toor dal for 2-3 hours. Rinse well using fresh water
  2. Grind the soaked dal with coconut, ginger, green chillies and cumin into a coarse paste without adding any water
  3. Mix onion, coriander leaves and salt to the paste. Make sure not to add any water
  4. Take a lemon-sized mixture and shape it into a dumpling
  5. Lightly grease idli plates and place the dumpling on it
  6. Steam for 15 minutes
  7. Serve hot with ghee

 

Soak chana dal and toor dal for 2-3 hours

Soak chana dal and toor dal for 2-3 hours

 

Grind the soaked dal with coconut, ginger, green chillies and cumin into a coarse paste without adding any water

Grind the soaked dal with coconut, ginger, green chillies and cumin into a coarse paste without adding any water

 

Mix onion, coriander leaves and salt to the paste

Mix onion, coriander leaves and salt to the paste

 

Dough ready to be steamed

Dough ready to be steamed

 

Take a lemon-sized mixture and shape it into a dumpling

Take a lemon-sized mixture and shape it into a dumpling

 

Lightly grease idli plates and place the dumpling on it

Lightly grease idli plates and place the dumpling on it

 

Steam for 15 minutes

Steam for 15 minutes

 


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