moong dal dhokla recipe, how to make moong dal dhokla | dhokla recipes

by dassana amit updated November 25, 2013

moong dal dhokla: green moong dal dhokla recipe

moong dal dhokla – this is a healthy and nutritious dhokla recipe. dhokla recipes have always been requested by the readers of the blog. i make dhoklas & khandvis often but just don’t get the time to take pics.

i have few more dhokla recipes on the blog like khaman dhokla (dhokla made from chickpea flour), rava dhokla and khatta or white dhokla.

when i saw this recipe of this dhokla made from whole moong beans in a cookbook – epicure’s vegetarian cuisines of india, i liked it for its ease and of course health benefits. i made the dhokla and we would have these with out morning and evening tea.

mung dal dhokla

moreover what i liked about this moong dal dhokla recipe is that is completely dairy free/vegan – that is no yogurt has been added to the dhokla. the dhokla has the typical moong bean taste and is savory and sour. it tastes sour like the idlis. so if you like idlis, you may also like these dhoklas.

i did not add sugar to the recipe. if you like a sweet taste, then you can add sugar to the dhokla mixture.

moong dal dhokla

the moong dal dhokla is not yellow in color. however in the original recipe coriander/cilantro leaves is added which will give the dhokla a nice light green color. i did not add coriander leaves as i did not have them when i ground the batter.

in fact this moong dal dhokla recipe is here to stay. i was skeptical first as i was not sure if the dhokla will break or will be perfectly round. was amazed when it came out nicely from the round cake pan.

mung dal dhokla without tempering

just for a more nutritive boost to the moong dal dhokla, i have also added roasted sesame seeds to the tempering.

mung dal dhokla with tempering

this is one healthy and nutritious dhokla that you can make for your family & loved ones.

best accompaniment to the moong dal dhokla is mint cilantro chutney or coconut chutney. also it can go with raw papaya chutney or tamarind dates chutney.

moong dal dhokla recipe

if you are looking for more gujarati recipes then do check methi muthia, dabeli, surati dal, gujarati kadhi and aamras.

moong dal dhokla recipe details below:

moong dal dhokla – vegan recipe
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healthy and nutritious moong dal dhokla – popular gujarati snack.
Recipe type: snacks
Cuisine: gujarati
Serves: 4-5
for the dhokla
  • 1 cup whole moong beans/whole green gram
  • 1 tbsp ginger-green chilli paste
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp fruit salt/eno
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt as required
for tempering
  • 1 or 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp water
  • a pinch of asafoetida
for garnishing
  • ¼ or ½ cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup grated coconut – optional
preparing the steamed dhokla
  1. pick, and wash the whole moong beans
  2. soak the moong beans in water for 6-7 hours or overnight
  3. grind the soaked moong with coriander leaves and very little water to a semi coarse paste.
  4. don’t make the paste too fine.
  5. also the batter should not be too thick nor thin but like a dhokla batter.
  6. meanwhile heat water in a large pan and let it come to boil.
  7. grease a cake pan with some oil.
  8. add ginger-green chili paste, oil, lemon juice and salt to the ground moong mixture and mix well.
  9. finally add fruit salt/eno to the dhokla mixture and mix very well.
  10. immediately pour this in the greased cake tin or pan.
  11. place the cake pan in the large pan where the water must have already started boiling by now.
  12. cover the pan and steam for 12-15 minutes till the dhokla is done.
  13. remove the dhokla from the cake tin and then let it cool.
preparing tempering
  1. in a small pan, heat oil.
  2. add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  3. add cumin seeds and brown them.
  4. add asafoetida, curry leaves and sesame seeds.
  5. add 2 tbsp water to the tempering.
  6. be careful when adding water.
  7. pour this tempering over the dhokla.
  8. garnish moong dal dhokla with coriander leaves and coconut.
  9. serve moong dal dhokla warm with [mint cilantro chutney|]
instead of steaming you can also microwave the dhoklas. just keep an eye when microwaving so that the moong dal dhokla does not become too dry or dense.

the dhokla can also be steamed in a pressure cooker. heat water in the pressure cake till it begins to boil. place the dhokla tin. cover the pressure cooker with the lid and remove its whistle/vent weight.steam for some 12-15 minutes till the moong dal dhokla is done.
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Serving size: 4-6

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Husna March 22, 2014 1

hello, is it supposed to take the skin of the moong dal?


dassana amit March 31, 2014 2

no need. just grind the soaked green mung beans with the skins.


kirti October 4, 2013 3

hii dassana
tried this recipe …turned out well….it tasted like chilra though required much lesser oil …healthy n delicious and unique…thanks once again…. :-)


dassana October 4, 2013 4

thanks and welcome kirti.


Megha Patel September 17, 2012 5

I really like Tamarind Date Chutney i noted down recipe n i will definetly try it my home with bhel ok Thank you…


dassana September 17, 2012 6

thanks megha.


nishita August 22, 2012 7

hi dassana,
i made this and it was yummy and healthy……..
thanks for sharing



dassana August 23, 2012 8

thanks for making the dhokla recipe, nishita…


muskaan June 27, 2012 9

i am really inspired by your recipies. could you please post some typical north indian recipies


dassana June 27, 2012 10

thanks muskaan i mostly post north indian recipes. some snacks and a few more north indian recipes are on the way. also you can check this link here where there are some north indian and punjabi recipes posted:

1: punjabi recipes:
2: north indian recipes:


muskaan June 28, 2012 11

thanks !!!


kankana June 27, 2012 12

Never heard of Dhokla made with anything other than chickpea flour. This is very interesting!


smita dasgupta June 26, 2012 13

I have a question when place the cake pan in pressure cooker I can use pan lid or let it steam open


dassana June 26, 2012 14

when i made the dhokla, i did not cover the cake pan. you can steam the pan without a lid in the pressure cooker.


familycook June 26, 2012 15

This is just so neat. I could never imagine making dhokla with whole mung beans.


Anamika @ madcookingfusions June 25, 2012 16

Hey Dassana, I tried this healthy version of Dhokla for kids today, I added chopped coriander leaves to it , it turned out very soft. Tempering I did without the sesame seeds due to my picky kids :).


dassana June 25, 2012 17

thanks anamika for making the dhokla. hope you as well as your kids liked it.


Anamika @ madcookingfusions June 26, 2012 18

We all loved it and enjoyed eating as evening snacks, next time I plan to make it for self and will add green chilli paste too as suggested in your recipe, btw thanks for such easy to make wonderful recipes Dassana :) .


dassana June 27, 2012 19

welcome anamika :-)


Katie June 25, 2012 20

Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it. Do you have recipe on how to make moong dal? Do you have to soak it overnight? Pl. send the recipe. Thanks.


dassana June 25, 2012 21

thanks katie. to make the dal just soak the whole moong beans for 1-2 hours and then pressure cook it. you can also make it without soaking, but this takes some more extra time while cooking the beans.

either temper first with the usual cumin, onion, garlic, ginger, green chilies tomatoes with turmeric, chili powder and salt- the way we do for regular dal and then add soaked moong plus water. pressure cook till done. add some garam masala in the end. whole moong dal can be very bland so remember to spice it up a little.

the other way is to make the cook the moong beans first and then give the tadka/tempering. you can make it either south indian style or north indian style. the above recipe is how we make it at home. may be i should post some nice whole moong dal recipes on the blog.


Sharmilee June 25, 2012 22

Healthy twist to the usual dhoklas we make..looks very tempting. Love the pics esp the lighting :)


dassana June 25, 2012 23

thanks sharmi…..


suhani June 25, 2012 24

hi Dassana wow.. dhoklas i just love dhoklas..i often make besan and suji dhoklas..this is a nice variation..i will definitely try it.


dassana June 25, 2012 25

you will like these dhoklas suhani and they are healthy too.


Neela Naidoo June 25, 2012 26


have been following your recipe’s and found them to be very interesting, will try this dokla and let u have my comments


dassana June 25, 2012 27

sure neela.


smita dasgupta June 25, 2012 28

I love to eat dhokla, it is very healthy but i have not made dhokla at home. Now i will try this as per your recipe. I am from bengali family and i like to cook different dishes from various states.


dassana June 25, 2012 29

yes smita, even i like to cook food from different indian states. do try the dhoklas at home. also i like bengali sweets so much…


Richa@HobbyandMore June 25, 2012 30

the dhokla came out so fluffy and nicely done! i need to make thhis mung daal version soon!


supriya June 25, 2012 31

Wow Dassana very neatly presented and very in formative kudos dear.


radha June 24, 2012 32

The dhokla looks good. In an earlier attempt, I made dhokla, the texture was good, but the taste was not the best. I used Eno lime flavoured salt I wonder if that made the difference. I do not know where to get the unflavoured one.


dassana June 24, 2012 33

i used non flavored eno. it is better to use a non flavored one. you should be able to get this eno in any grocery store or a medical store.


chinmayie @ love food eat June 24, 2012 34

Very interesting recipe. I haven’t really made dhokla at home. Will have to try it.


Ritya June 24, 2012 35

I have a question… Is there an alternative for the eno Pwd? Will surely try this out.


dassana June 24, 2012 36

ritya, you can add baking soda instead of eno.