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Moong Dal Dhokla

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Moong dal dhokla is a savory steamed cake recipe for breakfast or anytime snacks. This soft and spongy moong dal dhokla is cooked with split yellow lentils, and seasoned with some spices.

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What is Moong Dal Dhokla?

Moong dal dhokla is a savory steamed cake recipe for breakfast or anytime snacks. This soft and spongy moong dal dhokla is cooked with split yellow lentils, and seasoned with some spices. Moong dal is considered a light meal; dhokla made with moong dal is healthy, nutritious, and low-calorie, which is very light on stomach as well. Moong dal is also a great source of dietary fiber, iron, protein and essential vitamins. This dhokla recipe is best served with green chutney.

Let’s learn to make Moong Dal Dhokla in easy to understand quick steps.

  • Take a grinder, add split yellow lentils and chopped green chilies to it. Grind well to make a smooth paste.
  • Transfer the paste to a mixing bowl. Add salt, sugar, asafetida, oil, turmeric powder, gram flour, yogurt and mix well. Make a smooth batter.
  • Add 1 glass of water in steamer and let it boil. Grease dhokla moulds with 1 tsp oil.
  • Now add fruit salt to the batter, and mix well, for few seconds, or until the batter becomes fluffy.
  • Pour the batter into a dhokla mould and fill the mould half with the batter.
  • Place the mould into the steamer, and let the dhokla cook in steam for about 12 minutes.
  • After 12 minutes, insert a toothpick or a knife in batter and check if it is coming out clean. If it does, then the dhokla is cooked. If not, then steam for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Take out the mould from the steamer and let it cool for 5 minutes. Transfer dhokla on a plate.
  • Heat oil in a small non-stick pan and add mustard seeds.
  • When mustard seeds crackle, add sesame seeds, asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 10 seconds.
  • Add green chilies and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds. Now add water, sugar, and salt to it. Let the water boil. Remove from heat, add lemon juice, and mix well.
  • Pour this tempering over the dhokla, and spread evenly.
  • Let the dhokla cool slightly, and then cut them into desired shapes.
  • Sprinkle the desiccated coconut, chopped onions, and gram flour namkeen. Serve Moong Dal Dhokla hot with green chutney. Enjoy!

  • Moong Dal Dhokla [Recipe]

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    Moong dal dhokla is a savory steamed cake recipe for breakfast or anytime snacks. This soft and spongy moong dal dhokla is cooked with split yellow lentils.
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    Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
    30 mins
    Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
    Snack Indian 4
    Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
    190 calories 1 Serving

    INGREDIENTS

    For Moong Dal Dhokla Batter //
    • 1 cup split yellow lentils (yellow moong dal), overnight soaked in water
    • 1 meduim-sized green chili, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi powder)
    • 1/4 cup chickpea flour (besan)
    • 1/2 cup natural yogurt (dahi)
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon fruit salt or baking soda
    For Moong Dal Dhokla Tempering (Tadka) //
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
    • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds (til)
    • A pinch asafoetida (hing)
    • 2 small green chilies, finely chopped
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    For serving //
    • 1/4 cup green coriander chutney
    • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
    • 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
    • 1/4 cup namkeen (sev)

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    How to Make Moong Dal Dhokla //
    1. Add split yellow lentils and chopped green chilies to and mixer jar and. Grind well to make a smooth paste.
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    2. Transfer the lentils paste to a mixing bowl. Add salt, sugar, asafetida, oil, turmeric powder, gram flour, yogurt, and mix well. Make a smooth batter.
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    3. Add 1 glass of water to a steamer and let it boil. Grease dhokla moulds with 1 teaspoon oil.
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    4. Now add fruit salt to the batter, and mix well, for few seconds, or until the batter becomes fluffy.
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    5. Pour the batter into a greased dhokla mould and fill the mould half with the batter.
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    6. Place the mould into the steamer, and let the dhokla cook in steam for about 12 minutes.
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    7. After 12 minutes, insert a toothpick or a knife in the batter and check if it is coming out clean. If it does, then the dhokla is cooked. If not, then steam for another 2-3 minutes.
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    8. Take out the mould from the steamer and let it cool for 5 minutes. Transfer dhokla on a plate.
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    How to Make Moong Dal Dhokla Tempering (Tadka) //
    1. Heat oil in a small non-stick pan and add mustard seeds.
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    2. When mustard seeds crackle, add sesame seeds, asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 10 seconds.
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    3. Add green chilies and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds. Now add water, sugar, and salt to it. Let the water boil. Remove from heat, add lemon juice, and mix well.
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    How to Serve Moong Dal Dhokla //
    1. Pour the prepared tempering over the dhokla, and spread evenly.
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    2. Let the dhokla cool slightly, and then cut them into desired shapes.
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    3. Sprinkle the desiccated coconut, chopped onions, and gram flour namkeen. Serve Moong Dal Dhokla hot with green corinader chutney. Enjoy!
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    NOTES:

    1. If you don't have dhokla mould, then you can use a baking tray. Any heat-proof contianer or tray would work.

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