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moong dal dhokla recipe – 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 recipe
healthy and nutritious moong dal dhokla - popular gujarati snack.
CUISINE: gujarati
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
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/jeera
  • 1 tsp roasted sesame seeds/bhuna hua til
  • 1 sprig curry leaves/kadi patta
  • 2 tbsp water
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing
for garnishing
  • ¼ 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.

{ 52 Responses }

  1. Uday says

    Hi, ur website is awesome and most recipes turn out awesome. For the first time one of ur recipes did not work for me. I tried this recipe in a pressure cooker. It came out very watery and did not set. It was a gooey mess. Could you please tell me where I could have gone wrong.( I used very little water for grinding. So mostly that wasn’t the issue). Thanks a lot.

    • says

      thanks uday. i think what has happened is that you have pressure cooked the dhokla. it has be to steamed like we steam idlis in a pressure cooker. the vent weight/whistle has to be removed from the lid. the lid has to be secured tightly around the cooker. the steam passes through the vent and no pressure or steam is formed inside the cooker. some water has to be added inside the cooker. on a low to medium flame, the dhokla has to be steamed till set. another issue that can happen, if you follow this method is that the water has to just cover 0.5 to 1 inch of the pan. this also depends on the size, depth of the pan. while heating the water should not bubble and fall in the batter. this will also lead to the batter becoming more liquidy than what it was.

      • uday says

        Thanks dassana . I did not use a weight, but maybe the problem was with the water levels. I will try again. Thanks a lot again for your wonderful recipes and easy to understand layout. Could you please add some more recipes that could be made using a microwave, especially baking stuff. Thanks.


        • says

          fine :-) then it must be the water levels. it has happened with me too with an electric cooker. once i made idlis and in hurry i added extra water. the idlis were all soft and had become mushy. i do not add microwave recipes as i hardly use microwave for making any dish. but let me see. i will try.

  2. DK says

    Hello dasanna, amazing and very smoothening to the stomach but healthy too. I am from South , pure vegetarian and am greatly in appreciation of your devoted work. Receipies are perfect, no doubt. Keep forward with more and more. DK

  3. Bhavana Jaggi says

    I owe a gratitude to u.. i have tried many recipes of urs including this dhokla. And trust me they all have come out so well.
    everybdy loved it.. i enjoy cooking ur recipes cause of its simple and perfect explanation.
    even the things i know how to make, i go through ur recipe first for any variation that i can make. Thank u so much. God bless u.

    • says

      thanks bhavana for sharing your positive experience. i am touched to know that you trust my recipes so much. once again thanks for your blessings and kind words.

  4. gulaz says

    i haven’t tried it yet but ur recipe looks yuummmyyyy!!!!!!
    i am sure i wil try it………..

  5. Nimish says

    I made the moong daal dhokla (but with yello split moong dal),it came out so nice. Made in morning for b’fast. Hubby also loved it…Tq

  6. kirti says

    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…. :-)

  7. Megha Patel says

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

  8. muskaan says

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

  9. smita dasgupta says

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

  10. says

    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 :).

  11. Katie says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  12. suhani says

    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.

  13. Neela Naidoo says


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

  14. smita dasgupta says

    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.

    • says

      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…

  15. says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  16. Ritya says

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