moong dal dhokla

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Moong Dal dhokla with step by step photos – this is a healthy, tasty and nutritious moong dal dhokla. A healthy vegan snack.

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When I saw this dal dhokla made from whole moong beans in a cookbook “Epicure’s vegetarian cuisines of India” by Asha Khatau, I liked it for its ease and of course health benefits. I made the dhokla and we would have these with our morning and evening tea.

Moreover what I liked about this moong dal dhokla is that it is very easy to make and taste delicious. It also does not require Yogurt (curd).

This 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 this moong dal dhokla. I did not add sugar to the recipe. If you like a sweet taste, then you can add sugar to the dhokla mixture.

In fact this recipe is here to stay. I was skeptical first as I was not sure if the dhokla will break or will be perfectly round. I was amazed when it came out nicely from the pan. just for a more nutritive boost to the moong dal dhokla, I have also added roasted sesame seeds to the tempering.

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

Few more variations on the blog are

Best accompaniment to moong dal dhokla is mint cilantro chutney or coconut chutney. Also, it can go well with raw papaya chutney or tamarind dates chutney.

How to make moong dal dhokla

1. Rinse 1 cup whole moong beans with water a couple of times.

moong dal dhokla recipe

2. Soak the moong beans in enough water for 6 to 7 hours or overnight.

moong dal dhokla recipe

3. Later drain all the water. Add the moong beans in a grinder jar. Also add 1 tablespoon coriander leaves (chopped) and ½ cup water.

moong dal dhokla recipe

4. Grind to a semi coarse paste. don’t make the paste too fine.

moong dal dhokla recipe

5. Also the batter should not be too thick nor thin but like a dhokla batter. Remove the batter in a mixing bowl or vessel.

moong dal dhokla recipe

6. Meanwhile in a large pan heat about 2 to 2.5 cups water and let it come to a boil.

moong dal dhokla recipe

7. Grease a pan with some oil.

moong dal dhokla recipe

8. Add 1 tablespoon ginger-green chili paste to the batter.

moong dal dhokla recipe

9. Next add 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and salt as required.

moong dal dhokla recipe

10.mix very well.

moong dal dhokla recipe

11. Then add 1 teaspoon fruit salt or eno to the dhokla mixture.

moong dal dhokla recipe

12. Mix very well again.

moong dal dhokla recipe

Steaming moong dal dhokla

13. Immediately pour this dhokla mixture in the greased pan.

moong dal dhokla recipe

14. Keep a metal stand in the pan with boiling water.

moong dal dhokla recipe

15. Place the pan in the large pan where the water must have already started boiling by now. Ensure the water level is below the pan else water might enter the batter.

moong dal dhokla recipe

16. Cover the pan and steam for 12 to 15 minutes on medium flame till the dhokla is done. Check with toothpick and there should be no sticky batter on the toothpick.

moong dal dhokla recipe

17. Let the moong dal dhokla become warm. Then remove from the pan.

moong dal dhokla recipe

Making tempering for dal dhokla

18. Measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making tempering.

moong dal dhokla recipe

19. In a small pan, heat 1 to 2 tablespoons oil.

moong dal dhokla recipe

20. Add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and let them splutter.

moong dal dhokla recipe

21. Then add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and brown them.

moong dal dhokla recipe

22. Add 1 pinch asafoetida (hing), 1 sprig curry leaves and 1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds. Mix well.

moong dal dhokla recipe

23. Add 2 tablespoons water to the tempering. Mix well and let the water come to a boil. Be careful when adding water.

moong dal dhokla recipe

24. When the water comes to a boil, then pour this tempering mixture over the steamed moong dal dhokla. Garnish with ¼ cup coriander leaves (finely chopped) and ¼ cup grated coconut (optional).

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25.  Serve moong dal dhokla Warm with coriander chutney or pudina chutney or coconut chutney.

moong dal dhokla recipe
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Moong Dal Dhokla

5 from 3 votes
Moong dal dhokla is a healthy, tasty and nutritious snack made with mung lentils, herbs and spices.
Prep Time 6 hrs
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 25 mins

Cuisine Gujarati
Course: Snacks

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

for dal dhokla

  • 1 cup whole moong beans (whole green gram)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-green chilli paste
  • ½ cup water or as required for grinding moong beans
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt as required
  • 1 teaspoon fruit salt or eno

for tempering

  • 1 to 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoon water

for garnishing

  • ¼ cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup grated coconut - optional

Instructions

making batter

  • Pick and rinse the whole moong beans with water for a couple of times. 
  • Soak the moong beans in enough water for 6 to 7 hours or overnight. Then drain the water.
  • Grind the soaked moong with coriander leaves and very ½ cup water to a semi coarse paste.
  • Don't make the paste too fine.
  • Also the batter should not be too thick nor thin but like a dhokla batter.

making dal dhokla

  • Meanwhile heat about 2 to 2.5 cups water in a large pan and let it come to a boil.
  • Grease a round pan with some oil.
  • Add ginger-green chili paste, oil, lemon juice and salt to the ground moong mixture and mix well.
  • Finally add fruit salt or eno to the dhokla mixture and mix very well.
  • Immediately pour this in the greased pan.
  • Place the pan in the large pan where the water must have already started boiling by now.
  • Cover the pan and steam for 12 to 15 minutes or till the dhokla is done. let the dhokla become warm and then you can remove it from the pan. 

making tempering for dal dhokla

  • In a small pan, heat oil.
  • Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Then add cumin seeds and brown them.
  • Add asafoetida, curry leaves and roasted sesame seeds. Mix well.
  • Then add 2 tablespoons water to the tempering. Mix well again and let this mixture come to a boil. 
  • Be careful when adding water.
  • Pour this tempering all over the steamed moong dal dhokla.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and coconut.
  • Serve warm with mint coriander chutney.

Notes

  • Instead of steaming you can also microwave them. Just keep an eye when microwaving so that the dal dhokla does not become too dry or dense.
  • It can also be steamed in a pressure cooker. Heat water in the pressure cooker 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 dal dhokla is done.

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  1. I seen couple of your two recipe loves your Jain recipes thanks looking forward more Jain recipes

  2. hi dassana, thank you so much for your wonderful recipe collection and detailed instructions. it’s opened up whole new worlds of cooking for me. it’s like culinary school for the home cook. 🙂 truly amazing effort.

    if i may, could i please request a handvo recipe? i tried it in india, and it was delicious. i would really prefer a simpler recipe which can be made at home without special implements such as a handvo cooker. i do have an indian style pressure cooker, tava and stainless steel idli maker (not sure if this would be any help).

    best wishes,
    katie

    1. thanks a lot katie for this lovely comment. i do plan to add handvo recipe. it has been requested by a few readers. i will add a simple method that can be made by everyone. even i do not have a handvo cooker 🙂

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