Sep 11, 2012

Moong Dal Idli

Moong Dal Idli

A delicious and nutritious idlis, made of moong dal batter and seasoning (also without urad dal and rice). 

Makes: 12 – 14 (depending upon the size of the idli mould)


For the batter:

1 cup moong dal / split green gram (Indian standard measuring cup of 200 ml / 8 oz capacity)

1 big size green chilli

1 – inch piece ginger, chopped

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoon water


Wash and clean moong dal. Soak in 2 cups of water for 2 hours. Drain out water. Transfer all the batter ingredients into a mixer bowl and make a smooth paste with 2 tablespoon water. Batter should just like idli batter / pouring consistency.

For the seasoning :


1 tablespoon cooking oil

1/2 teaspoon mustard

¼ teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)

1 onion, chopped or 2 tablespoon chopped onion

1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves


Heat oil in a small pan, add mustard seeds. When they start splutter, add jeera and stir well. Then add chopped onion and fry on a medium to low heat until fragrant and crisp. Switch off the heat and finally mix with chopped coriander leaves. Remove and pour it over moong dal batter. Mix well.

Other ingredients

2 pinches turmeric powder

1 sachet (1 teaspoon / 5 g) Eno fruit salt (Eno fruit salt easily available @ all leading supermarkets and medical stores)

Pour Eno and turmeric powder into moongal dal batter mix well. Prepare idli / dhokla immediately.

Pour the batter into the greased Idli container and steam in an Idli Cooker / National Rice cooker / pressure cooker (without weight) for 10 - 12 minutes or till done. Let it cool for 15 minutes and remove carefully from idli mould..

Coriander Chutney or Green chutney

Serves: 3


5 tablespoon grated coconut

2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves

2 small green chillies or 1 big size, chopped

2 cloves garlic (optional) or 2 shallots (chuvannulli / sambar onion) optional

1 - inch piece ginger, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt ( or to taste )

1 - 2 tablespoons water


Make a fine paste of above ingredients in a mixer ( Add little water when grinding the chutney ). Serve with  Idli.

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